Likes: SWIMMING! Being with her Mom, her "brother" Rupert, her friend Madeline, having Mom to herself
Pet-Peeves: Do not touch my bottom! Triston the three-legged evil cat.
Favorite Toy: Any rubber ball, found tennis balls in the park - it's like treasure
Favorite Food: Anything sweet and pizza crusts. Riley's claim to fame was her midnight food raids. Every now and then I would leave something on the coffee table overnight - last time she ate two pounds of very expensive chocolate cookies!
Favorite Walk: The lakeshore in the summer and the golf course in the winter
Best Tricks: Coming when she was called
Arrival Story: Riley was my first dog as a grown-up. It seemed I waited months for her to be born, then it was a false pregnancy. I was devastated. Fortunately the breeder had another female expecting at anytime. I went to the front of that list and had pick of the litter. I got to go out to the breeder's when the pups were 6 months old and choose between the 3 girls. She was pretty much it from the first time I saw her - even though her ears were still down then. When I came back to get her, her ears had magically gone up and she looked more like a Corgi than a beagle. The first few months all the little kids in the neighbourhood thought she was a bunny and one man asked me if she was a fox. I, of course, said yes, she was a domestic, midget, tail-less fox doesn't everyone have one?
Bio: Riley died in July 2006 of lymphoma of the bowel. She was only 5 and it was not fair. Cancer is the only thing on this planet without prejudice - it doesn't care if you're rich or poor, young or old, good or bad. It seems particularly cruel when it happens to the innocent, such as our beloved pets. Know your dog. Be able to tell when he or she is happy or sad or not feeling well. Riley's only symptoms were occassional vomitting - this was something that she was not prone to so I followed up. I hope that because of that, she got a few extra good weeks to play in the water and be with us. There is no cure for this type of cancer, but sometimes you can get a little more time. We didn't get a lot of time, but we made the lost of it and that's what'sreally important.
Forums Motto: Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs
When I got you as an 8 week old puppy, I was prepared to give you everything you needed to live a full and happy 16 years as Corgis should. We have discovered together your joy of being in the water, your love of sweets, and that gently rubbing your ears makes you feel calm and safe.
Now, we have discovered that you have cancer and that is not fair. I promise to get all the information, advice and treatment I can in order for you to live whatever life you will have with that same joy and without pain. If your life is short, it will have been lived with love, and freedom and that's what really matters.
Now that you have left this world, the one I am still in, I will hold you in my heart and neither of us will ever be alone. You have taught me so much, even how to let go of someone you love when they are in pain. You will always be my little girl. I'll always love you Rile.