rileysyear

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?

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It’s totally worth it.

 

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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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