Same Old, Same Old

It’s been a good minute since I put up a post!  Life has once again gotten busy, and by the end of the day I’ve been too tired to sit down and blog.  Plus nothing super interesting has happened, so there’s that too.  Riley is doing well and is still going out on the leash to do her business.  Tomorrow will be two weeks since she’s been off of crate rest.  We’ve got to get up some more gumballs out of the yard before I’ll let her go off leash…even after we get them up, she’s only going to be off leash if someone’s out there with her.  I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do if she sees a squirrel, bird, duck, rabbit, fox, or whatever catches her attention and she’s not on her leash, but hey.

I got her to stay still for a second and halfway look at the camera (only because I was holding a toy right above the camera…)!

I got her to stay still for a second and halfway look at the camera (only because I was holding a toy right above the camera…)!

She’s being pretty sneaky and will very quietly climb up on the couch beside us.  I guess she figures that if she’s quiet, we won’t notice the big furry black dog that has appeared beside us?  Who knows…sometimes I wish I knew what she was thinking, but then I realize that I probably do not want to know what’s going on in that brain of hers!  Ignorance is bliss, right?

She still comes up with ways to avoid looking at the camera.  Nothing has changed!

She still comes up with ways to avoid looking at the camera. Nothing has changed!

Suddenly anything other than looking in my direction becomes extremely interesting to her!  I just wish she’d adopt this policy when she follows me into the bathroom…

Suddenly anything other than looking in my direction becomes extremely interesting to her! I just wish she’d adopt this policy when she follows me into the bathroom…

Life Outside of the Crate

Life has been busy for the last few days, but Riley got off of crate rest on Friday!  She was VERY happy to be able to be out of the crate inside the house—she was so happy that I wasn’t even able to get a decent picture of her because she was busy catching up on two weeks’ worth of sniffing.  So far, so good in the joints department and only one stomach issue, but she seems to be fine now.

Friday night, I went out and bought Riley a dog bed since she’s no longer allowed on the couch.  Like any good dog, Riley didn’t really want to have anything to do with the dog bed.  I got excited on Saturday morning when she went over and sat on it all on her own.  My excitement quickly ended when I saw that she was just scooting her butt on it.  She must just like the smell of her butt, because after then, she’s been lying on her dog bed and sleeping.  (Before that, I was beginning to think I’d just bought myself a nice floor cushion/butt warmer).  ;-)

Saturday afternoon.

Saturday afternoon.

The tag that came on her bed.  It’s a pretty comfortable bed (to me, at least).

The tag that came on her bed. It’s a pretty comfortable bed (to me, at least).

A closer up picture of the tag.

A closer up picture of the tag.

It’s nice to see her outside of those crate bars!  She still has to be on the leash when she goes outside to use the bathroom, but she’s doing well with that.  (Besides trying to go after a bird this morning…no, the dog obviously does not learn from her mistakes).  She gets to go upstairs at night to sleep on the bed with me (she has steps to use to get on the bed) and then downstairs in the morning until it’s time to go up to bed again.

This was a picture of her last night on her dog bed before we headed up to the real bed.

This was a picture of her last night on her dog bed before we headed up to the real bed.

Thank you to everyone that have been leaving well wishes and POTP for Riley—I’m hoping they have all paid off!

The Bag of Poop

The prisoner.

The prisoner.

Terribly creative title, huh?  Yeah, maybe not so much…  Strange titles aside, we are on day 10 of the 14 day incarceration (Riley insists I call it that).  As you can imagine, we’re all getting a little stir crazy, Riley most of all.  I took her out on the leash earlier to go potty, and as soon as we stepped out the back door, she lunged for something on the patio in front of our grill.  At first I thought maybe I had left a toy on top of the grill from before crate rest began, but then something strange happened.  Just as quickly as Riley had lunged for whatever was on the ground, she lost interest in it.  I took a couple of steps forward and laughed when I saw why she had quickly lost interest in what was on the patio.  It was a little bag of poop from this morning (today was trash pickup day, so our trash can was already on the street when Riley did her doo-ty this morning).

Still, I’m surprised that she didn’t decide to pick it up and give it a good shake…she’s pretty desperate at this point.  In other news, I bought Riley some different dog food (she’s eaten it before) on Friday and there have been no tummy issues since then…I’m hoping maybe it was just the food she was eating that was causing her stomach to be upset (she’d eaten that food before too, but it was a different bag of it.  I’m not sure if it had gotten contaminated somehow or what.  Of course, for all I know, the food could have been perfectly fine!).

As far as her leg goes, I think it might be a pinched nerve.  When I took her to see her surgeon on the 21st, he was saying that her leg was doing a little bit of an involuntary kicking or twitching and that could be a sign of a pinched nerve.  She’s getting around on it fine, but I’ve noticed it twitching and doing a little bit of kicking now and then.  Who knows…hopefully once she gets off of crate rest on Friday, she won’t have to be on it again for a looooong time!