A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Days Like These…

on June 3, 2015

…nobody told me. Everyone always talks about puppies and growing pains; the tribulations of elderly dogs? Not so much. Either that, or I just wasn’t looking for it until now, when I’m right in the middle of it.

Yesterday, I came home to discover Riley had an accident while we were at work (thank goodness for quilts). My day today started with the same thing, along with a lot of unsteadiness on her feet — I had to bring her egg to her in the den. Tonight was a little better — I got her almost to the door before an accident happened, and she ate her egg, then moved on to her regular food…and finished it.

I have a working theory in two parts about her issues: 1, I think she’s in more pain, so I upped her Rimadyl dose, and 2, I think her food issues aren’t appetite-related, but taste-related. Yesterday, I dropped an unsalted sweet potato chip and before I could even think of the five-second rule, she snapped it up and followed me, wanting more. Hence, the egg idea. I have a friend who makes her dogs’ food, and she’s going to share some recipes with me — I figure I can adjust the ingredients to work around her colitis.

Yeah, nobody told me there’d be days like these, but one look at her?


It’s totally worth it.



One response to “Days Like These…

  1. cdog5 says:

    It definitely IS worth it — Riley is totally worth it — and you are so kind and loving to her! Like us, when dogs (all animals) get old, some of their body functions and habits change, and I guess we just have to change along with them to meet their needs. Hope you and Riley have a “dry” and enjoyable day! 🙂

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