Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A Tale (hee hee) of three parks


Penny here. I know you’ve heard from me a lot this month, but honestly, I’m the best thing mom and dad have going on right now, so I’m going to take advantage of that and get all the screen exposure I can! Cause I know things can change in an instant.

Gotta keep an eye out behind me, you never know what might sneak up on us.

Like for example…one moment I was playing with all my sisters at Mama S’s house and the next minute I was in a mom and dad’s arms and then in their car and then in my very own home!

Being aware of your surroundings is very important when you’re out in the world like this.

Sometimes I get to visit Mama S and my sister and my dog mom. That’s a lot of fun, and we play a whole bunch, but lately my mom and dad are taking me more places to explore. They say they’re exposing me to different sounds and smells, but mostly I think they just want to play.

That’s a pretty tree, mom, but you should be focusing all your attention on me.

Why last week mom took me to three parks! Three! I think she was trying to wear me out but that’s not going to happen. She said she didn’t want to waste the good weather, so we needed to go, go GO!

Sometimes mom has good ideas!

There could be something scary in this water!

The first park we visited was Independence Oaks. I’ve been there before, when mom met a friend there and we all went for a walk. But this time it was just us, and we were in a different part of the park.

I’m gonna break up this dangerous stick, OK mom?

I was a little uncertain for some reason that morning, not at all sure I wanted to be there. My mom is pretty observant and we didn’t stay too long. She says we’ll try again on a day when the park isn’t so busy.

Then on another day we went to a park I’ve never been to before! Mom said it was one of Katie’s favorites and that they used to camp here a lot.

I don’t know what camping is. Mom says that’s OK, when I’m a little older she’ll show me.

Is that another dog down there?

There was a big lake and mom took me down so I could smell the water. I think maybe I like water, but she wouldn’t let me go in. She said it was too cold.

I want to play IN the water, mom!

Too cold for a sheltie? I don’t know mom, I think it might be fun. Promise me you’ll let me wade later this summer, OK?

The lake looks pretty from up here, mom!

Then she said we were going to walk in the woods! I wasn’t at all sure I wanted to go into the woods!

I don’t know, mom. Are you sure?

There could be scary things in there!

I guess it’s not so bad in the woods.

On the other hand, it turned out that there were lots of wonderful smells in there! And mom let me smell all of them.

I practiced my sit. I even did a little staying. But not much.

It took us forever to do just a little bit of the trail that Katie and she used to walk all the time.

This is pretty cool, mom.

Eventually I got pretty comfortable in the woods, but there sure were a lot of smells and crazy sounds! And there was a boardwalk I didn’t like at all!

Nope! Not walking on this, mom!

Luckily mom scooped me up and carried me off the boardwalk. I was OK after that, but I was still glad to get back out into the open where I could make sure to protect mom from any scary woodland monsters.

So this place is full of people in the summer? Interesting.

Then, on another day mom took me to Springfield Oaks! I’d been there before, so I was cool with this park. It has a giant sledding hill that we climbed last time.

What’s that over there?

We walked around behind the sledding hill this time, so I could spend some time smelling at the edge of the woods. Lots of people walk their dogs there, so there was quite a bit of pee-mail for me to read.

We’re going to go up this hill, right mom?

But what I really wanted to do was run up that hill!

Mom said we didn’t have to, but I think that was just her not really wanting to go up it. I told her we needed to go up there to see what there was to see on the other side! After all, I’m an adventure-girl!

I posed a bunch for mom. I’m figuring out the modeling business can be very lucrative with treats.

But of course first mom had to take like a bajillion pictures. Katie warned me about her.

I even got to lay down on the job!

I decided I didn’t mind too much. The treats were good. But finally I dragged her the rest of the way up the hill and guess what? We could see a school bus and a whole bunch of kids down there!

Well what do you know, that looks fun!

I thought that was very interesting. Mom thought we should avoid them and go down the other side of the hill. So we did. And on our way down mom found these yellow flowers and got all excited.

Yellow flowers, mom? Really??!

She said something about Katie getting her picture taken every spring in the yellow flowers and I should sit there for her so she could get more pictures.

I guess if I can lay down I’ll let you take some pictures of me in the flowers.

Whatever mom.

Nom, nom, nom.

But wait! These are quite tasty! Another perk to being a model!

Mom said that was enough and it was time to go.

If I hide down here you can’t see me, right mom?

Sometimes mom has no sense of humor.

Anyway, those were my adventures in three parks last week! I don’t know how many more parks there are out there. I think Katie should have left me a map or a list or something. I guess I’ll just have to stay flexible and see what the folks have lined up for me next.

Oh yea, I forgot to tell you, I got dirt on my nose when I was in the woods!

I’m in puppy school with daddy, and that’s been kind of fun. So far they’re just doing stuff I mostly already know how to do, but I get lots of treats, so whatever, right?!

Time to sign off, this is way too long and I need my beauty sleep!


Your adventuring girl, Penny.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

23 thoughts on “A Tale (hee hee) of three parks

  1. You go, Adventure Girl!!!


    Liked by 1 person

  2. So happy that Penny is getting her folks out for adventures and brightening their hours at home! Many happy years lie ahead! xxxooo!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Well, Miss Penny–I was worn out just reading about all your outings. So much fun! I love the picture of you looking at the picnic table with your hair all floofed up–so cute!
    What was it about the boardwalk that Penny didn’t like?


  4. How wonderful you get to explore old and new places. Don’t worry about boardwalks, eventually you will see they are harmless. And nothing wrong with being leery of woods and stuff; who knows what could be lurking in there! As you get older and wiser, you’ll find yourself doing way more things with more assurance. Of that I am sure!


    • Yes, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a brave girl. I was really brave the first few days I was here, and then I got a little scared of some stuff. Adventures can be scary but they sure are fun too! The second time I went to the sledding hill I thought it was a blast!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ah, Penny, what a great adventure! I love the photos of you in those parks, and I’m glad you’re claiming all those treat-rewards. Can’t afford to pose for free, you know! I really should take Monk to where he can see some water. He hasn’t been exposed to something like those lakes, and I’ll bet he, too, would be fascinated by the smells.


  6. Penny you are too comical! What fabulous adventures you had and you did such a great job of protecting your mom too!!! I know what you mean about the camera, it never stops does it? Love, Levi


    • Hi Levi! Give me some advice, man! What should I do? Should I go on strike? Or refuse to follow mom’s directions? I’m already pretty much ignoring her. Unless I SEE an actual treat of course.


      • Awww Penny, your Mom LOVES you and my Mom LOVES seeing you (I do too!) So I would just make sure she has PLENTY of treats available when she wants to take your photo and then, just indulge her. You know… Mom is “of a certain age too” and these simple pleasures make them REALLY happy!!!! You and I have Moms who adore us, so we sometimes have to let them have their way……it benefits US in the long run! Love, Levi


  7. Yikes, puppies. 🙂 Bless you Dawn. Penny is ADORABLE!


  8. Wow, Penny! You had an adventure filled week! It must have been exciting – checking out all of those different smells. The boardwalk can be noisy when walking on it and there may be places where there are “holes” between the slats so one can see the ground or water below. My sweet Gracie was hesitant walking on a dock on the ocean the first time, but after she realized that she was safe and could enjoy the walk! I bet you will learn to love it! Thank you for sharing! 💕


    • Thanks for visiting, Miss Denise! I bet I’ll be a bold little girl next time we visit the woods! First times are always hard. At least that’s what mom tells me. I’m not sure, everything is a first time right now!


  9. Oh Penny! What a fabulous spring you are having. I love the photos of you in the grass with the yellow flowers. You are soooooo cute, and definitely earned your treats for being such a good model.


    • Thanks, Miss Sara! I’m trying to learn all this stuff. So far mom says I’m doing pretty well. It’s exhausting, though, to live up to her girl Katie. But I know I’m her girl Penny and she loves me. So all’s good.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.