A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Three Months

on October 22, 2015

Today is three months since Riley left us. I miss her every day.

Little things that I never considered have been coming up. As the song goes, there’s always something there to remind me.

There are the usual things, like coming home to an empty house, being alone on days I work from home, finding dog hair in odd nooks and crannies when cleaning, not taking her daily photo. But there are things I never thought about, so when they came up, they kind of knocked me sideways.

When the new season of Jeopardy! started, I had no canine nose to boop during the Final Jeopardy tune. Yes, I’m weird, I know that already.

I dug out a pair of jeans to wear when the weather first got cold and there was a dog slobber stain on them, missed in the wash.

I went looking in the utensil drawer for something and turned up all her empty pill envelopes (I thought we had gotten rid of them, but it was Xander’s we disposed of).

When I started doing yoga again, it felt weird that I could do it without being interrupted by a dog.

The deer are quite active in the yard, and it feels so odd to be able to watch them without Riley barking, and to walk around the yard without her. Without her presence on our property, skunks have gotten bold — while interesting to watch, it’s not a “neighbor” I want to encourage.

When I’m alone in the house while my husband goes on a trip, I have never felt so alone — not to mention that I haven’t tripped over her in the night, or hear her barking at the back door in the morning. I actually dug out a plush black Lab puppy that my husband gave me years ago, just so I wouldn’t feel so alone during the times he’s away. He misses her too — told me the other week that he misses being greeted at the door.

Yesterday, I started my annual re-read of Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff (seriously fun book — go read it!). Between pages 136 and 137 was a piece of Riley’s hair.

She was such a huge part of our lives, bigger than I ever realized while I had her. Miss you, baby girl.



4 responses to “Three Months

  1. Sue says:

    I do understand, so much. Your memories of Xander and Riley have become part of your heart now and will be there forever.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. pit love says:

    I’m so sorry.


  3. John Michel says:

    This kind, deep caring gave Riley a life of comfort and can only ultimately result in long joyful memories John Michel

    Sent from my iPhone



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