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A sheltie party!

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See me?  I'm about 4 dogs in from the left.

See me? I’m about 5 dogs in from the left.

Katie here. Well! Mama said she’d top our last camping trip and this just might have done it! She took me to a sheltie meet and greet where there were close to 25 other shelties. And do you know what? They were at one of my parks! MY park!

I did not invite all these other beautiful dogs to my park! I am supposed to be the supreme princess! The most beautiful sheltie around! It’s supposed to be all about me! Me me me me me!

One lady.  Lots of shelties.

One lady. Lots of shelties.

Ahem.

I had to go to the groomer to get beautiful just for this party, and that’s not fair either. But I’ll stop complaining now.

Emily Ann was the star of the party!

Emily Ann was the star of the party!

Because actually it was pretty interesting. My dad even went! I mostly sat under the picnic table while he talked to some people that had two shelties. The three of us hung out together under the table. We got along just fine by ignoring each other.

Lots of sheltie smiles.

Lots of sheltie smiles.

In fact I was content to ignore all the other shelties but not my mama! Oh no, she had to go meet them all. I watched her sit down on the ground with some of them and pet them and tickle their tummies and I wasn’t jealous at all because I had my dad.

One of the only pictures of ME!

One of the only pictures of ME!

My mama didn’t even take very many pictures of me! Can you imagine that? She was busy taking pictures of all the other shelties. She kept saying things like “Wow, that’s a beautiful dog!” and ” oh look at that one!” You’d think I’d get a complex or something.

Sheltie kisses.

Sheltie kisses.

But I didn’t, because lots of people thought I was beautiful too, and offered me treats which I politely refused. Until my mama took me for a walk and I met one lady sitting on a blanket. There were dog treats on that blanket! Her dog Sadie hadn’t eaten them, so I scarfed them up. Always willing to help out you know. Then she gave me a big treat and I chopped it right down.

Lots of sheltie lovers.

Lots of sheltie lovers.

But then I did a bad thing.

Sadie came by and sniffed my butt and I turned around and nipped at her. My mama was mortified. And as our parents were pulling us apart I nipped at her again! Well! Sadie is only a puppy and my mama said I should have had better manners.

Sadie and her mom.

Sadie and her mom.

I was getting tired and hot by then and when we went back to daddy I nipped at another dog. So mama and daddy said that was quite enough and we went home. Mama says I have shown my true colors and now she knows to keep better watch on me.

Whatever that means.

I thought the party was interesting but I just got too warm and too tired and that made me cranky. A princess does not like to be sniffed so much. A princess is supposed to be kept cool and hydrated and well fed. I didn’t even have my princess pillow! I mean really, what were they thinking?

Sadie and a new friend.

Sadie and a new friend.

Anyway. I’m sorry I nipped at those dogs and I’ll try to be a better sheltie-citizen in the future. Meanwhile, I think all the dogs had a good time and I’m glad mama and daddy took me.

Cookie has the right idea.  Time for a nap!

Cookie has the right idea. Time for a nap!

Time for a nap now.

Pet me!  Pet me!!

Pet me! Pet me!!

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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.

34 thoughts on “A sheltie party!

  1. Well you were surely the most beautiful sheltie there. Your subjects should have been admiring you from a distance. You are royalty after all.

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  2. Everyone who has any sense at all knows princesses need their space, and their naps. There’s only so much closeness that can be tolerated after all.

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  3. What a wonderful collection of shelties! That Emily Ann has a very Katie-like smile. But Oh, Katie. You nipped at Sadie?!? That was the sort of thing the Cowboy might do. I hope your nap restored your usual good humor.

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  4. it is hard to be in competition with all those other shelties and at YOUR park – but you know – the more you do it – the easier it gets and the more friendly you become

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  5. Oh, dear. Sometimes our best intentions don’t go according to plan, do they? It’s hard knowing just what our fur-kids will do when faced with different situations. I’m sure Katie had just had her fill of the entire meet-and-greet and was letting everybody know it! That said, how FUN — I’d have had a ball loving on all those beautiful Shelties!

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    • I would have enjoyed staying longer to pet all the rest of the shelties that I didn’t get to….but she was ready to go home. And so, given she’s the princess in the family, we went home.

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  6. Was that the meet-up at White Lake or somewhere like that? I was supposed to go but didn’t because it was too hot! I LOVE how you said the Shelties “ignored each other” true Shelties I would say! Not a fan of other dogs, that’s how they roll lol. Also, Dakota ADORES sitting UNDER benches and picnic tables! He would have been in his element! Sometimes he isn’t the best “Sheltie Citizen” either…BOL!! Love that term by the way! DakotasDen

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  7. Katie, will your mama be taking you up north??

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  8. Great post! May I reblog on my own site (with full attribution and links back, of course).

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  9. Thanks for sharing! My sheltie Anna crossed the Rainbow Bridge a year ago and I still miss her so much. I am always happy to see the shelties on here. I may start a meet and greet for shelties in the future, in our area, when I am blessed with another sheltie.

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    • Awwww. I’m sorry to hear about your Anna. I’m glad you enjoyed Katie’s story. She’s our 3rd sheltie and I still miss the previous 2 though it’s been years. Each one is so different.

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  10. That looked like a pawsome pawty. I think Ben and I would have gotten thrown out of the pawty fur yapping too much.

    Sorry u nipped those other dogs, maybe they were just love nibbles?

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  12. This is so cute love the pics.

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  13. Wow!! Make sure you go home with the right lady
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  14. Katie didn’t act too badly, she didn’t draw blood did she? Cole would disown me if I even took him to a German Shorthaired Pointer jamboree… after brawling with about 4 other dogs. Sigh.

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    • Nope, no blood. She was just tired of it all and wanted to go home where she was the ONLY princess! I can’t see Cole brawling, but will take your word for it. No one ever believes me when I tell them Katie stories…but we moms know the truth about our babies.

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