Riley’s Twelfth Birthday

Hi good friends. This is Riley. I think that first I need to thank Brian for hosting Brian’s Thankful Thursday. So, thanks, Brian! (You’re a great kitty boy and remind me of one of my friends!)

I have a birthday coming up this Sunday. I’m about to turn 12, which I hear is a very mature age for a big boy like me. I overheard Mom Amy say that she has to start planning something nice for me. Then I heard Dad Jeff say something about huge bones or antlers or hooves or something like that. They forget that I can still hear really good!

Eleven has been a really ruff year. I’ve been through some real, bad stuff. I miss my Dad Andrew, who hasn’t been around much. I guess he’s got his own issues to work through, but I know he still loves me.

I had to have a stye removed from my right eyelid, and almost lost my eye over it. I’m just glad we found a doggie ophthalmologist who saved my eye and my sight, and that Mom Amy has good credit! He’s real nice and I hope I never see him again, BOL!

After that I whacked my ear on a table when I shook my head, and ended up with a huge hematoma. It was so big it made my ear stick straight out. More surgery for that! More credit, too.

Then more sh…uh, stuff happened with me itching and squirting and not pooping at all and squirting some more. I know my Dad Jeff loves me cause he would get up in the middle of the night when the urge hit me and not even complain about having to take me outside. Hmm, hope that’s not TMI.

But I’m still here, sleeping next to the bed every night – it’s really hard to get into the big bed with the arthritis in my lower back. I’ve got two soft beds stacked together and a real pillow and a blanket when I need one.

I have my good friend Lucy for company and a little squirt named Chia to play with whenever I want. I have her stuffies to play with too, and sometimes to deadie, BOL! Sure I’ve got my reindeer, but I would never, ever deadie Rainey; he’s my friend.

Anyhoo, I really like this picture of me when I first came to live here with my new pawrents. I got a new bone and a new stuffie, and some new squeaky toys. I was six months old. Wow, that feels like over 11 years ago!

Me at 6 months old in my new home. I’ve got new toys and a bone!

Mom Amy says it makes her heart glad that I’m a very happy boy again. I think it’s all good now (paws crossed). How bouts I tell you next time about the wonderful food I’ve been eating? And about what great stuff I think I’m gonna get for my 12th birthday!

Later, dudes and dudettes!! Riley

Mom Amy here. We are so very thankful that precious Riley – who loves everyone (especially young children) – is back here, living with us during his “mature” years. We love our boy so very much!

33 thoughts on “Riley’s Twelfth Birthday

  1. Happy Birthday Riley!! You sure have been through A LOT!!!! So happy you are in a home where you are deeply loved and cared for, no matter how “mature” you are!! Enjoy your day!

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  2. Lulu: “Happy big one-two to you, Riley!”
    Java Bean: “Many happy returns!”
    Charlee: “We are sorry you had such a rough year leading up to it but it’s all behind you now!”
    Chaplin: “Yep, somewhere back there past that wagging tail!”

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  3. That was for sure a tough year for you, R. Very scary! You were a brave soldier through it all and so were your parents. And thank goodness for good credit! I think your birthday party will be LIT!

    Love and licks,

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  4. **sniffullss snuffullss**
    Guud Greef Riley mee iss all teary eyed here! So iss BellaSita Mum!!
    Happy !2th Birfday mee deer frend! Wee all xcited to see what treetss are inn store fore you.
    Wee love your bed set-up. Arthritis iss such a Bugg….BUMMER! 😉
    BellaSita Mum iss purrayin fore PawPaw Andrew!
    ***nose bopss*** BellaDharma an (((huggiess))) BellaSita Mum

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    1. Yep, that arthritis does make my back hurt sometimes, but I can use that excuse to walk really, really slow up the driveway — except when I see those neighbor dogs at the top behind their fence, which is when I run up! I sure do appreciate the prayers, we all know that helps lots! *wags and nose bops* Riley

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      1. BellaSita mum has bad Ostee-o Arthritis an shee doess her best to keep movin till shee seezess up. MOL that you run to nayburrss’ Poochiess! Prioriteess rite Riley?
        An mee will do mee kitty-purrayerss fore PawPaw Andrew an fore you! An BellaSita Mum will keep purraying two! ❤ ❤

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  5. Oh, Riley! You are so blessed with your loving furmily and all your good furends, too!

    We wish you a very Happy Birthday #12!!

    In that first picture we can see that you are listening to the plans your peeps are making for you…BOL!
    Your ‘baby’ pic is ever so cute, too:)

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  6. Riley, I’m speaking for all of us at It’s a Wonderpurr Life when I saw HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What a wonderful accomplishment to reach such a hallmark birthday. I hope your family throws you a great pawty. Love, Dori

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  7. It’s good to be loved and cared for and you certainly are. Bravo.

    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday Dear Riley,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you.♪♫

    Have a woof woof Thankful Thursday. Scritches all around and my best to your mom. ♥

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  8. You sure have been through a lot but it’s obvious you are happy and you sure are loved. Happy Birthday from all of us Riley! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  9. Riley you have the best Grandpawrents EVER and such love and care you get. Almost 12 Wow .
    Here as we age we have a true understanding of the saying ‘aging is not for sissies’! We just suck it up keep moving so motion is lotion for the joints
    Hugs Cecilia

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  10. I love you Riley, truly I do… and i am so thankful your mom has let you move back home and that she has good credit to take care of you. thankful you are better now and I hope when you blow out your candles you wish for good health and it happens. old age is not fun for canines OR humans… You are blessed and are a blessing…. kisses on your beautiful face. we had the hemotoma flap on Max and on Baby. it was not fun at all so we can relate to that..

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