Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

I met a boy and I liked it!


Hey there, Peeps!

Penny here. Mom says she has more star pictures and camping pictures and barn pictures to show you, but I told her you’d rather see me! Cause I have to tell you about my date with Lance!

My friend Lance

Yep, my mom and Lance’s mom arranged a play date on Tuesday. Lance turns 1 year old tomorrow, so he’s about 6 months older than me. Isn’t he handsome?

I was smitten as soon as I met him. We hit it off right away because we both love to run! All four of our folks sat in chairs in the shade and talked and watched us play.

Our first nose touch.

Of course they made us take breaks pretty often, but we still played a lot!

Our first run together.

And Lance told me lots of secrets about how to get what you want from your parents. After all he has six more months of experience than me. I appreciated the intel.

He gave me lots of good advice.

But mostly we were just two crazy dogs having a wonderful time.

You can’t catch me!

And in between runs we got treats! What a wonderful day!

An excellent break from all that running!

Neither of us could believe our luck, to have a nice sunny day and a big yard to play in and four people to pay attention to us and provide drinks and treats!

Lance has the biggest water dish ever!

I’ll tell you a secret. I think Lance sort of likes me.

I think he’s blushing.

And I sort of like him too.

Whispering sweet nothings in his ear

Then of course the moms decide they should get a picture of the two of us sitting together.

Hey Lance! Let’s make them work for it!

Why do moms always do this? Does it seem like a good idea? I haven’t even graduated from puppy school yet, why would I want to sit and stay?

What is this stay thing you keep asking for?

Yep, it went about as well as you could expect.

OK, get the shot quick, cause I’m not sitting here one more second!

And just to add another little wrinkle to this photo shoot idea, they brought out Payton, Katie’s half sister, and decided they wanted a picture with all three of us!

This should be interesting.

Well. Payton is an old pro and sat stoically while all sorts of shenanigans went on beside her. It helps, I guess, that she’s deaf.

Stay means jump really high. Right?

I’m sure she was tired of sitting there, but finally mom got one shot of the three of us.

Payton was pretty disgusted by then.

We weren’t exactly all sitting. Ahem. But I did the best I could.

Mom ended up just taking pictures of the other two….

Handsome brother Lance and beautiful sister Payton.

…and then just of Payton, because mom says she looks so much like Katie, she couldn’t help but take a bunch of pictures of her. Mom was really glad she got to see Payton again.

Mom’s eyes leaked just a little bit.

And I got jealous and decided maybe I did too want my picture taken with my sister’s half sister.

Hey! Maybe I’ll pose for a picture after all!

And then Lance and I went back to playing!

Hey Lance! Wanna PLAY???

We played and played, and I started a lot of it!

I think we’ve met our match!

I couldn’t resist jumping on him to see if he’d run with me.

Come on! Let’s PLAY!!

And then the folks said we should go for a walk! A walk? Are you crazy? Lance and I just ran about a gazillion miles!

This was the perfect way to end our first date!

But their property was so pretty and shady that we all had a wonderful time exploring. Next time I expect I’ll be able to be off my leash and explore even more, just like Tally, Lance and Payton’s really big sister, and Payton.

Meet Tally. She’s such a good girl!

Isn’t she beautiful?

And then, after our walk when I thought we were going home, Lance’s mom and my dad got my loose ear glued down again.

What the heck, people!

And then it was time to say goodbye for now.

Three little shelties all in a row. Then mom said one had to go.

Boy I had a wonderful time.

Bye for now, Lance!

Today I sat by one of my windows and watched the clouds go by and dreamed of running in a big field with my friend Lance.


Missing you, my friend.

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.

21 thoughts on “I met a boy and I liked it!

  1. Wow, what a wonderful day. You have to watch out for those handsome boys, Penny.


  2. Well, Penny–I am worn out just reading this! What a fun day you had. Lance and Payton and Tally…so many cute friends you have. I can’t wait to read about more fun days ahead.


  3. …and they called it SheltieLove…

    Willow & Phyll


  4. 🎶🎶 Love is in the air!! 🎶🎶 What a wonderful day you had, Penny! Lance sure is a handsome boy! Payton is so beautiful!

    Dawn, do Penny’s ears need to be “trained” with glue/tape so they will stand up properly? Thank you for sharing the pictures of the beautiful pups.


  5. Wow Penny! This was your best adventure yet! So much FUN! Lance seems like the bestest friend ever.

    Payton definitely resembles Katie. Such a beautiful girl. She is regal, just like Katie.

    Tell your mom that I thoroughly enjoyed these photos. Especially the one where you are sprawled on top of Lance. LOL. Silly shelties. The one of Payton looking directly at the camera while you two goofballs looked the other way – classic.


    • I know, I love that sprawled all over Lance image too. They were so cute together! Payton was just putting up with everyone else, but she perked up when she got to go on the walk with us.


  6. What a fantastic day, Penny! It looked like so much fun (even if you were asked to try to sit still for photos – I can’t blame you for that one).

    Payton is so dark compared to you, two! She does have a wise look about her.

    Wonderful photos!


  7. My gosh, what a day! So fun to see Shelties frolic. I love the first picture where Penny is tentative and shy and then toward the end where she is confident enough to let loose with Lance.

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  8. What a wonderful play date!



  9. Oh my Penny your boyfriend Lance is sooooooooooooo handsome!! You make a darling couple and Yes I can tell he likes you! He looks a little like my Levi!! You should call him “Lance Romance” You are so lucky to have a Sheltie friend with a big yard to play in!!! What a fun time you had!!! Hope you get to see him again soon!


  10. Aw, Penny, what a glorious adventure! You’re so lucky to have a mom and dad arrange such interesting play dates for you. Yes, Lance is a handsome boy … and Payton appears quite regal. I’ve never had a dog like Tally that I’d trust to walk off-leash. So you’re still in the trussed-up ear phase, huh? Thankfully, I didn’t have to do that with Monk (his ears naturally tip), though I worked like a demon getting Dallas’s ears perfect. Monk would say that’s the difference between a “first dog” and a second. Huh!


    • LOL. I don’t really remember gluing Katie’s ears, but husband says we did. That was so many years ago! Penny’s ears keep getting loose because she plays so hard. One is different than the other now, but she’ll be cute no matter what her ears decide to do.

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