A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Throwback Thursday: Pepper Wants to Play

My mother-in-law sent me this photo of her puppy, Pepper, trying to play with all of Riley’s toys at once. Not sure when this was taken, or whether Riley’s reaction is more “oh yeah, toys, I remember them…sort of,” or “the interloper is messing up my stuff.” 😉



Throwback Thursday: This Time Last Year

This time last year, we were in Florida with Miss Riley, who got to wear herself out daily in the pool.


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Throwback Thursday: Just Shy of a Year

First photo of Riley taken with our first digital camera, about 2 weeks before she turned one. The white patch on the threshold is a puppy Nylabone — her favorites when she was younger.



Throwback Thursday: Napping Puppy

Speaking of napping, here’s Xander — one of the first photos we took of him after we brought him home.


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Throwback Thursday: Percy


Meet Percy. He was my first-ever pet rat (I’ve had 5), and I got him under rather unusual circumstances: one of my college roommates had a boa constrictor and Percy (and his littermate Darcy) were actually intended to be snake food. The snake (which for some reason was named Baby even though he was freaking huge) was in a somewhat dormant period and didn’t want to eat. My roommate handed the box of rats to me and said, “You need to keep these in your room, or I’ll never be able to feed them to Baby.”

I have no idea what made her think I would be able to hand over rats I’d met, but the next day, I handed her money and told her to get new rats when Baby wanted to eat and under no circumstances was I to ever meet them.

Darcy, sadly, didn’t last the week. Percy almost didn’t either, but I found a small animal vet who was able to save him: he had pneumonia (Darcy had it too) and would be on tetracycline off and on for all of his life (hence the eye droppers in the shot glass in the photo). But in spite of that, he was a smart and happy rat, the first and finest of the rats I cared for over the years.

He would climb all over my bedroom, then curl up in my lap while I was studying. He wouldn’t run in his wheel; instead he’d lay across it with his food. The routine was go to his bowl, pick out a morsel, then go to the wheel to sit and eat it, repeat. When I wasn’t at college, but I wasn’t with him, he became Houdini. He used to break out of his tank and apparently go looking for me. Once he did it when our house was filled with boxes as we prepared to move, and my mother despaired of ever finding him again, but he came out and sat by his tank, waiting to be given ice water, as if it was perfectly normal for him to go on walkabout.

Apparently I have a history of pets with extremely strong wills!

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Throwback Thursday: A Xander Story

Riley’s contribution to my meeting yesterday reminded me of an incident with Xander a few years ago. When they were younger, both dogs would go on high alert at external noises, but especially Xander. I was working remotely one day, presenting at a meeting, and all was going well.

Then the UPS guy dropped a package on the front porch, right outside my home office. Not content with just dropping the package, he had to also knock on the door (for a package that didn’t need a signature — he just knocked to alert me).

Pandemonium ensued. And everyone in the downtown office thought I was being murdered or was under seige. Had I not been shouting reassurances to them over Xander’s “intruder alert” they probably would have called the cops.

And that is why for every meeting ever since, Xander had to sit in the laundry room.

Xander, August 2012, doing his best to get my attention by being adorable

Xander, August 2012, doing his best to get my attention by being adorable

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Throwback Thursday: Christmas 2003

As you can see, Riley’s penchant for crazed wrapping paper ripping is a lifelong propensity.


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Throwback Thursday: 2006

Riley in May of 2006, giving me good face.


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Throwback Thursday: The Ides of March

An unusually sunny day — a sunporch day! — last March 15th.


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Throwback Thursday: Road Trip!

I got a nice surprise in the mail this week: photos from my Dad of our visit to North Carolina last summer. Here’s Riley all suited up for the ride home.



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