We’re now into March, which means it’s the month of Riley’s birth (and my dad’s, but he doesn’t like to fuss about his birthday!). Riley will be 5 years old on the 18th. I can’t believe she’s turning 5! People always talk about their kids and pets getting older and say “where did the time go,” but really—where DID the time go?!
I wish I had an answer to that, but I really have no idea! I have noticed over the last six months or so that Riley has been calming down a lot and seems to be maturing. I have mixed feelings about that…she’s still quite neurotic, but she’s not as hyper/excitable as she used to be. I remember thinking “Is this dog EVER going to calm down?” (Okay, I’ll be honest; I thought that on many occasions!). She still has a lot of energy, but she’s happy to just settle down and sleep most of the day (when she’s not barking at the wind or some other “very shady” looking thing outside).
I gave her a bath yesterday because she had been scratching and licking herself some. She’s been scratching some since she came back from staying overnight at a kennel in December. They gave her a bath there, so I wasn’t sure if maybe she was sensitive to whatever shampoo they used, if she had picked up some bugs there (she was current on her flea/tick preventive and has been kept current since then—I’ve looked through her fur for any fleas or bugs and couldn’t find any), or if the itching and scratching had anything to do with a new hip and joint supplement I started her on. Anyway, back to the bath! (I didn’t take any pictures because bathing Riley took both of my hands and all of my attention and I didn’t have a photographer readily on hand). Like most dogs, she’s not super fond of baths, but she does humor me and will jump into the tub when I ask her to, she’ll stay until I tell her it’s okay to get out. She spoils me, really. I rinsed her, shampooed her, rinsed her again, and then applied some oatmeal anti-itch rinse that had to soak into her fur and skin for 5 minutes. She did great with standing there for 5 minutes with the anti-itch rinse on her! I was the one who got bored waiting! Anyway, after one more thorough rinse, I gave her the all clear to get out of the tub. That’s when the nuttiness set in! It was the typical post-bath insanity, coupled with the fact that the bathroom floor ended up soaked and Riley nearly bit the dust once or twice and I nearly went down 3 times! (I know, you are probably all wishing I had pictures or a video of these escapades!!).
After towel drying her (with two different towels, because the first one was soaked), and letting her air dry for 2 hours, she was still a little bit damp. Riley is neurotic and isn’t a huge fan of the blow dryer. I might have bribed her with a bully stick and used the blow dryer on her—and she was surprisingly good natured about it. Although, I think she learned a very important lesson about not following every Joe Schmoe that tries to lure her with a treat! ;) (Oh, so far, no more itching, so I think it might have been whatever shampoo they used on her).
The next two pictures have nothing to do with the bath, but they’re recent pictures and I have no good ideas for a post or a nice segue way into introducing them, so here they are:
P.S.—It’s sleeting here right now and we’re supposed to get a few inches of snow…AGAIN! What in the world?