rileysyear

A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Stormy Weather

Neither Riley nor Xander ever seemed too bothered by thunderstorms or fireworks — we lucked out there. But Riley does have a mild seizure disorder, and the number one thing that sets it off is the smoke detector — whether the Change My Battery beep, the Testing beep, or Actual Alarm beep, they’re all equally heinous to whatever it is that sets her off.

In the dead of the night (3 am), we had a massive thunderstorm during which thunder shook the house so hard I about came out of my skin. This was followed by a lightning strike so close to the house it may as well have hit the house…which was then followed by the smoke detector sounding off. I kid you not, Riley stayed down during the first two events, but the third? She was up like a shot. Spent what was left of the night on the couch, with my hand on her, on the floor right next to me while she panted her way through to the other side.

Today, the thermostat is on the fritz and I can’t get the central air to kick on, so I have a floor fan going for Miss Riley in the living room. I was sweating my way through my work day in the office. Around 3 pm I took Riley out, and there was the nicest breeze blowing — it was nicer outside than it was in the house. So I moved my office to the sunporch, throwing the windows open wide and turning on the ceiling fan.

Miss Riley stood outside and lifted her head to fully appreciate the breeze.

Riley appreciates the breeze

Riley appreciates the breeze

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