Riley’s Night

Riley had a good night last night.  Riley’s Grandma (my mom) volunteered to sleep on the couch downstairs by Riley so we didn’t have to go to the trouble of inflating the air mattress for just 1 week’s use.  May I remind you that Riley’s Grandma was totally against me getting Riley as a puppy 4 years ago?  Riley sure has grown on her!  Grandma is ga-ga over Riley!  I would’ve slept on the couch, but I have bad hips (just like Riley!) and lying on the couch for more than like 2 hours at a time makes me very sore.

Anyway, Grandma said she didn’t hear a peep out of Riley last night.  She slept through the night with no sudden yelping incidents, so her meds and rest must really be helping–yay!

She’s been fed, medicated, and taken out on several potty breaks this morning.  We have had poopage outside, so she’s not constipated and doesn’t have diarrhea.  I don’t know why I always mention her bowel habits on here, but no one really seems to mind.  Riley, however, would be quite embarrassed if she could read.  I had read that the muscle relaxer could cause drooling and vomiting, but I haven’t seen any.  Riley did seem to be as thirsty as a camel yesterday and licked the big water bowl dry.

She has chewed on her Nylabone a little bit this morning and has been basically sleeping/resting the rest of the time.  She’s sleeping in the corner of her crate as I’m typing this.  I just want to say I am SO thankful that she is a “compliant patient” and suffers crate time without a fuss!  I never crate her (only when she’s on crate rest for an injury/surgery), so this is pretty amazing to me.  I crated her as a puppy when we would leave the house or when we would sleep at night, but I stopped doing that when she was about 6 months old and was trustworthy in the house.  So she really hasn’t been accustomed to spending hours and hours (or weeks!) in her crate as an adult.  SO glad I crate trained her as a puppy!

Riley in her crate yesterday after getting back from the vet.  She was still all worked up from going to the vet, so she was still panting…silly dog!

Resting last night.

Zonked out this morning.  Gotta keep a paw on the toy though, so no one steals it while she’s asleep!

26 thoughts on “Riley’s Night

  1. Hi Riley,We hope that you're feeling better real soon. You're doing so good in your crate! I'm proud of you for that. (I really HATE my crate.)Got our paws crossed for you!Hugs,Lily Belle

  2. Hi Riley,We hope that you're feeling better real soon. You're doing so good in your crate! I'm proud of you for that. (I really HATE my crate.)Got our paws crossed for you!Hugs,Lily Belle

  3. My husband quickly learned that animal folks talk about poop – a lot. Poop is key to telling if our pups are sick. Good poop usually means healthy pups and happy owners.Sam

  4. My husband quickly learned that animal folks talk about poop – a lot. Poop is key to telling if our pups are sick. Good poop usually means healthy pups and happy owners.Sam

  5. You know, I don't even think it's weird when people mention their dog's poop! You're in good company – I always check out B's to make sure everything is status quo. I think it shows what a great dog mom you are that you are paying attention to that! Especially since she's on new medications.Blueberry hasn't ever been in a crate to my knowledge. I had the crate out when I first got her, but she doesn't like going in there. Thank goodness you crate trained Riley early on – who knew she'd need it so often? Can you imagine how difficult her healing after those surgeries would have been if the crate had been brand new to her? Phew! You dodged that bullet!

  6. You know, I don't even think it's weird when people mention their dog's poop! You're in good company – I always check out B's to make sure everything is status quo. I think it shows what a great dog mom you are that you are paying attention to that! Especially since she's on new medications.Blueberry hasn't ever been in a crate to my knowledge. I had the crate out when I first got her, but she doesn't like going in there. Thank goodness you crate trained Riley early on – who knew she'd need it so often? Can you imagine how difficult her healing after those surgeries would have been if the crate had been brand new to her? Phew! You dodged that bullet!

  7. Hi there – I've been off for a couple of days and obviously missed a lot! Not good, not at all. I am not surprised that Riley was showing pain and discomfort and then not. Typical stoic Cattle Dog! Our Bill had a broken front leg for a week, but it wasn't bothering him and then it was, then not.All of us are hoping that Riley is feeling better (which will make the humans feel better!). Take care.

  8. Hi there – I've been off for a couple of days and obviously missed a lot! Not good, not at all. I am not surprised that Riley was showing pain and discomfort and then not. Typical stoic Cattle Dog! Our Bill had a broken front leg for a week, but it wasn't bothering him and then it was, then not.All of us are hoping that Riley is feeling better (which will make the humans feel better!). Take care.

  9. What a good patient! I'm so glad that she's feeling better and hope for no more pain and yelping! And as a fellow dog mom, I say there's nothing wrong with poop talk ;)Stacy & Ellie

  10. What a good patient! I'm so glad that she's feeling better and hope for no more pain and yelping! And as a fellow dog mom, I say there's nothing wrong with poop talk ;)Stacy & Ellie

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