A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Stubborn Puppy

on September 12, 2014

Our back door leads out to a small porch, which has a step off on either side. The dogs always chose to ignore the steps and just go flying off the parts of the porch without them — why waste time when you have to pee or there’s varmints to chase?

Riley’s 14 now, and takes arthritis meds. I don’t know if it’s habit or sheer orneriness, but despite the stiffness in her gait and the fact that she gets winded walking into the kitchen for a drink, she still goes “off the edge” rather than down the steps. When we go out to the porch, she’ll survey her territory, and even look like she might be considering using the steps, but then, nope, she’s over the edge. She makes a kind of “oof” noise when she lands, but she does it Every Damn Time.

Once again, life lessons from my dog: age is nothing but a number and never give up.



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