A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Throwback Thursday: A Xander Story

on March 26, 2015

Yesterday, I had a root canal done (my first) on the molar in the very back on the upper left side. So for roughly 90 minutes, I was laying in a dental chair tilted practically upside down so the endodontist could get to the tooth.

And, oddly, I thought of Xander.

It’s not as weird as it sounds. Xander used to like to roll over on his back for belly rubs, and he’d lay his head all the way back. He would also sleep on his back. What always amused me is when he got up, he’d sneeze. Every time. During belly rubs, I learned to move back lest I get sprayed.

I didn’t sneeze yesterday when the chair was raised upright again. Thank goodness. But I still thought of Xander.


P.S. To my husband: yes, Xander was using your pillow in this photo from 2012. Sorry about that…


5 responses to “Throwback Thursday: A Xander Story

  1. livingonchi says:

    Xander, what a cute doggy name. You give your dogs the best names.

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    • rileysyear says:

      Back in the day when websites were still powered by angelfire, I had stumbled across a great site of Celtic/Gaelic/Irish/Scottish names and their meanings. Riley’s full name is Riley the Valiant. Xander means World Protector — and he was very protective. I also had a small black mouse named Kerwyn (which literally meant “small and dark”). If I ever get another pet, I won’t know what to do since that site disappeared!

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