Sunday, October 19, 2014

Furry Friday: In Remembrance

It's been a week since we said goodbye to Riley. It's taken me a week to gain my composure and to collect my thoughts.  Riley was taken from us all too soon following an emergency splenectomy. The surgery went fine. A clot claimed our little guy the following morning.  The staff at the Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic did all they could and we were well aware of the risks,  including blood clots. We just clung to the hope that he would be the minority who defied the odds.  Our spunky bearded boy.

They say everything happens for a reason. I truly believed that when we adopted Riley.  We only had him a few short weeks before the passing of my father-in-law and if it weren't for Riley, I'm quite sure my husband would never have emerged from the depression that followed. 

Riley was a lover and a fighter. He loved nothing more than snuggling on the couch or between the pillows on the bed.  He was mellow like that which suited me just fine. Those who know me know I like to lounge around on the weekends and he provided great company.  Everyone loved Riley. He didnt believe he was a dog and he firmly believed your sole purpose in life was to provide him a lap to lay in and perpetual belly rubs. True to his breed though, he made few friends of the canine sort so we were a one dog household. 

Riley was a good dog. He never stole any of the baby's toys, he didn't ever exhibit food aggression and would frequently allow Jayson or my sisters to hand feed him his entire bowl of kibble.  I was always nervous about how Riley would accept a new baby in the house, but he accepted it just fine. I was also nervous how he'd be once Jayson was up and walking on his level, but again he put my fears at ease. He would follow Jayson all over the house. It didn't hurt that Jayson frequently had snacks and Riley was never one to turn down food.

It goes without saying we will miss our first son terribly.  I used to joke that he was the best child I could have because he didn't give me stretch marks and I didn't have to endure hours of labor.  Well, despite being spared stretch marks and labor pains I am enduring the pain of his loss and even though the grief will subside,  it will long outlast any labor pain I'll ever experience.

In closing, I'll leave you with a quote from Walter Anderson: "Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself."  I choose to rise from the pain and remember just how full of life Riley was and how much joy he brought to mine.

I'll love you always and forever.  RIP Riley Chance Krueger. "If love could have save you, you would have lived forever."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Furry Friday: Toy Explosion

It's no secret that after a period of time dog toys start to stink. I decided to wash our fur child's basket of toys and believe it or not there were enough there to constitute a whole load of laundry! Well now that Riley's toys are all fresh smelling he couldn't decide which one to play with first, so he decided they all needed to be strewn about the floor.  How nice, right?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fast Facts Friday: Fast-Forward Summer

I cannot believe we're into August already.  Where has the time gone??  As I'm sure you are finding in your own lives, our summer has filled up rather quickly.  So to sort of catch you up on some of what's going on in our lives these last few months I'm going to do a "fast facts" style post.  Enjoy!

  • Jayson is a big boy now... we haven't nursed for a week!  Last weekend out of the blue he decided he would finally take bottle from me (which he does at daycare, but never at home.) This is a huge weight off my shoulders.  He self-weaned no problem.  He's eating solids like a champ, including Happy Meals!  I think I was more excited than him to take him to McDonald's.  Their mini fry box is so adorable.  He loves the gogurt included with the meal as well.

  • We traveled to New Jersey over the July 4th holiday and enjoyed some time at the Point Pleasant boardwalk, the Jenkinson's Aquarium, a private beach in Toms River, and family bbqs.  Jayson loved the ocean, the sand, and sitting like a big boy at Martell's Tiki Bar for pizza.

  • We spent a day at Glimmerglass State Park with friends.  Jayson was again enthralled with the water and sand.

  • We finally got around to spending some of Jayson's birthday money.  He is enjoying a toddler sized quad, a blow up kiddie pool, and a bean bag chair.  The remainder was deposited into his savings account for future needs.  Before you know it he'll have College tuition bills or need a car.

  • We took Jayson to the local county fair and found that with a paid adult, there were a number of rides he could ride free.  That's right: no tickets, no charge for him...  It's a beautiful thing.  He loved every second of it.  Well, except the tilt-a-whirl but mommy doesn't like that ride either.

  • Dunkin Donuts newest craze of coolatas has found a sweet spot in my heart and wallet.  Their Vanilla Bean Oreo Coolata is my downfall.  Come to the dark side.  If you haven't tried one, you should.  However, if you end up addicted you can't say I didn't warn you. Another (more healthy) item I'm really digging lately is Cranberry Almond oatmeal for breakfast from Quaker.  It smells heavenly.

  • Jayson is a walking, talking bundle of energy lately.  Some new things he'll say are "oh no," "nana" (short for banana), "what" and "Laura" (his daycare provider).  He also shakes his head yes and no. He'll wag his finger to symbolize "no" as well.  He plays hide and seek, he loves if you run after him although he needs to get better at watching where he's going - he runs into everything!  He plays with his bubble mower, he frequently picks things up (Muscles Magee), he's really good on his scooter now, still loves his tent, and has taken a new interest in his books.

And that my friends recaps what we've been up to.  We'll have plenty of fun times to share in the next few months: Zoom Flume, Adirondack Animal Land, a bachelorette party, a wedding, a trip to Long Island, and a trip to Ocean City.  Can't wait!

What have you all been up to?