Sunday, May 1, 2016

Checking in

Wow, I haven't posted in awhile! Riley's doing great these days. She's maintaining a good weight around 75 pounds. And she's happy, when it's not raining, and it's always raining in April. Thank goodness it's May!

We had a boarder in February and March, a friend from Ukraine, Koliya, who walked her 2-3 times a day. When he was able to get his own place, Riley sulked for a week at least. We don't walk her that much, and not enough. We're working on it. He and his wife, Olga, come by occasionally to visit Riley and take long walks.

Above is Riley in late January, when we were visiting her Fort Worth cousins, Pepper and Mia.

Here she is with Vlad last August when he was down with a cold.

We'll check in again soon!

Friday, July 3, 2015

World peace

Riley and Chella are becoming pretty tight friends. 

We went to the vet Thursday for Riley's annual exam. She had her DHPP booster, Lepto 4 vaccine, flu booster and bordetella shot. Dr. Anderson was subbing for Dr. Cruz who is taking a few days off over the Fourth of July weekend. Riley's weight has creeped up to 77.5 pounds. So we're going to walk a little more and eat a little less until she gets to about 70 pounds. Otherwise, she's in amazing shape, so says Dr. Anderson. Everything looks good. We got some Composure chews that are supposed to help with the anxiety, and some more of the anxiety pills, which are in short supply. Everyone was getting supplies for the weekend with the fireworks. Many dogs are terrified of the sound, including Riley. So far so good, but no fireworks yet. They'll be firing them all frigging weekend out here. We also ordered a new Thundershirt. Her old one is shot. We'll do our best to keep her happy. 

The updated shots is list below She's not due back until November for a heartworm test and in December another bordetella booster. They want a mid-year physical exam in December. We'll see. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Riley and Waggin' Tails

I took Riley to Waggin' Tails on Monday for day care. I wasn't real happy with the results. She almost completely chewed through her leash, which makes me think she was tied up somewhere, not the way they're supposed to do things there. And her bath was not satisfactory. I think they only washed about half of her. She smelled doggy, and her hair wasn't fluffy like it usually is. Vlad picked her up and wasn't sure about the leash situation. I'm going to contact them about it. But I don't think we're going back. They're a pretty good drive, anyway.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dog Park with Rex and Bogdan

Riley and Rex

Happy Riley after the park and breakfast. 

Today Riley and I went to the GLDP. As we were arriving, a woman and her golden lab, Mercedes, who looked like Riley only with long hair, was leaving. We said hello and hoped we'd meet another day. As I walked in, a boy, about 10, and his dog, Rex, a 1.5-year-old German shepherd/black lab mix were arriving. His name was Bogdan, a name I was not familiar with. He was so friendly and we talked for almost a half hour while the dogs sort of played. Riley wasn't real crazy about Rex, but they ran around the park a few times.

Rex had been a "wild" dog, Bogdan told me. Somebody turned him into the shelter and Bogdan "bought him on half-price day" for $85, because that was all he had. So cute. He takes Rex to the dog park at least three times a day in the summer. And they go on bike rides. Rex jumps in the bayou. And he's gotten off his leash a time or two and killed a duck and other birds. One time he found a bunny head in the dog park. Dogs will do what dogs will do. 

Rex was sweet, but he was one of those dogs I don't fully trust. There's something about him. Through the fence when Riley approached, the hair on his neck stood up. That's a bad sign. But that was the only time. He is potentially aggressive, although not toward Riley, at least not today. 

Bamboo, the goofy Great Dane who often visits the park, apparently hates him, Bogdan says. Vlad says most of the dogs don't like Rex. Well, at least Rex has Bogdan. A better friend a dog could not find. 

It turns out Bogdan is the son of one of the Russian ladies who live in Grand Lakes. I discovered this after I told Vlad about the morning in the park. Vlad sees more people when he takes the dog there after work, including Russians. So Bogdan is a Slavic name.

Friday, June 6, 2014


A real friendship is starting to develop. I think Riley would like for Chella to get rid of the claws. But otherwise, they are fast friends.