rileysyear

A year in the life of our Miss Riley

The Stairs

on August 30, 2014

File under: Old Lady Dog Things.

When I was a little kid, my parents gave me a poodle puppy for Christmas, Teddy. He would provide endless hours of amusement and aggravation when he was learning the stairs, because he learned up super-quick, but down took several weeks for him to conquer. He’d sit at the top and cry until I came and carried him down, then 30 seconds later, he’d rush up again and they cycle would begin anew.

Xander had similar issues with the steps, but if Riley ever did, I don’t remember it. I think it may have helped that the house we lived in when she was learning stairs was a split level with two smaller sets of stairs, unlike the Philly rowhome Teddy dealt with, or our current home.

But now that Riley’s older, the stairs present a new challenge. Down is relatively easy; it’s up that’s her Everest — 14 steps straight up. I remember the days when I would have to be careful on the stairs lest I be bowled over by two giant Labs. In the past year, we’ve gone from standing at the top calling her up, to standing at the top calling her up with the hall light on so she can see, to physically going down and getting her, following her up and steadying her rear end as needed.

She’s quite imperious in her demands for it — possibly the original source of the moniker Princess Miss Riley. She’ll stand at the bottom of the stairs and bark. More often than not it’s because I’ve gone upstairs, but every now and then it’s because she’s decided it’s time to go up (she and Xander both did that when they were younger, and we’d have to fight for space in the bed when we got upstairs later). Tonight it was because I was upstairs — we’re watching Doctor Who together (well, I say together, but she’s sound asleep — and showing signs of getting ready to snore).

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One response to “The Stairs

  1. john michel says:

    get her a transporting telephone booth and send her up that way…along with a long scarf

    Like

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