A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Throwback Thursday: Play Date

on January 8, 2015

When Riley was just under a year old, a friend of mine from college came to town with his dog Daisy (also a Black Lab), and we all met up at Lake Galena for a play date, along with his parents’ dog, a white German Shepherd named Sabrina. At this point in her life, Riley hadn’t been around many other dogs yet. Before meeting Daisy at the lake, the only other dogs my dog had been around were my in-laws’ dog, a Golden Retriever also named Daisy, who wasn’t much interested in Riley (other than getting away from her!), and my BFF’s dogs, Emma and Homer, who had been up for a visit a few months before that. We didn’t live in a dog-heavy neighborhood.

So the first thing Daisy (and Sabrina) did upon meeting us was to go around back and try to sniff Riley’s butt. Riley was startled and possibly appalled, since by this time she seemed to think of herself as human. She backed away and sat down, as if to say, “Hey, what are you doing? We don’t do THAT!”

She was also pretty taken aback when Daisy found a dead fish on the shore and promptly dropped and rolled in it. Daisy had this look on her face as if to say, “Come on, it’s fun!” while Riley just eyed her, with an “Oh, I don’t think so!” look, and my friend tried to get Daisy off the stinky fish, and I laughed like a loon. Sabrina wasn’t into rolling in smelly things either — she was older and wiser, and found a shady picnic table to nap under.

Fortunately, Riley and Daisy did make friends, and played an energetic game of catch in the lake and on its shores. Riley proved to be fiercely competitive — in both of these shots, she’s the one with the toy:

Riley-Daisy Riley-Daisy2


I got the sad news from my friend that Daisy died on December 22, 2014, after a long and happy life with my friend and his family. We only met Daisy the once, but I will always remember that day. I hope Riley does too.


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