A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Reminders & Reassurances

on September 26, 2014

These days, little things remind me that Princess Miss Riley is in her dotage. Does she really not hear me or is she being stubborn? She needs the light to see — are her eyes that bad? Look, more white hair. She walked into the other room and is breathing like she ran a marathon.

What hit me today is she had some gait issues. Three times today on our ramble around the yard, she stumbled. Now, our yard isn’t even by any means, but it’s still something she’s never done before, and there was no discernible reason for her fall — no holes or rocks or anything that I could find. Then, back at the house I was grooming something off of her that she clearly didn’t like me doing, and she backed away from me — and promptly landed on her butt. I was almost afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to get her up again. But she prevailed.

This evening I got my reassurance that all is still good in Riley’s world. She loves her food, and when it’s time to “feed the puppy” she makes an energetic fuss the likes of a three-year-old dog. Xander was like this too. Picture Snoopy’s famous “suppertime dance” and multiply that by a million and you have our dogs’ reaction to food. As my husband always says to me, “It’s amazing that we feed them the same thing every day, twice a day, yet every time they act like it’s the best thing ever. If you or I had our ‘favorite’ meal every day for the rest of our lives, we wouldn’t be like this.”

When Xander got sick, it was only in the last month we really lost hope, because he no longer ate, or greeted a treat with any kind of enthusiasm. So Riley stumbled today, but tonight, she did the freakin’ dance of joy over her food. All is good in my world now too.

Miss Riley digs into her food, glorious food

Miss Riley digs into her food, glorious food


One response to “Reminders & Reassurances

  1. john michel says:

    great to see

    Liked by 1 person

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