A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Slightly Less Lilies to Love

The deer have been going after everything like gangbusters (except my lemon balm — I can’t GIVE that stuff away!), but Miss Riley doesn’t care as long as there’s enough left for her to poke around in.


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September 7, 2014

It’s a day ending in Y so of course Miss Riley is poking around in my lilies…


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Tiptoe Through the Lilies…

OK, not so much tiptoe as stomp through them. Riley went on another sniff-and-dig exhibition today. I’d love to know what she likes so much under there…


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Garden Helper…Sort of

Over the weekend I bought kale and lettuce to have for the fall, along with a tomato plant (it was on sale and had tomatoes, and the ones I raised from seed never did anything, so why not?). Went outside in the cool of the evening — with Miss Riley — to pot everything up (I’m great with container gardens and small beds, but the rest of the place is Weed Central). Doing anything while she’s loose outside is still a bit of a risk after all these years — she may not run off after rabbits, but she’s still spry enough to get out of my sight PDQ. After Riley had her usual poke around my lilies, and checked various bushes and posts for pee-mail, she decided to see what I was up to. She was quite taken with the tomato plant:


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August 2, 2014: 14th Birthday

Today is Riley’s 14th birthday. She’s a lot slower than she used to be, but has pretty much the same zest for life she had as a puppy.¬†One of her favorite things to do is go fishing around in my lilies (this year also a hybrid mint patch). She doesn’t dig, per se, she just roots around enough to get down to the ground and get in a good sniff, ripping down stalks as she goes. Who knows what she finds down there, but she sure seems to like it.

Riley in the lilies

Riley in the lilies

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