5 years

Dear Puppa,

It’s hard to believe you’ve gone from this…

riley in arms

To this…

riley 4 point 5

But I have photographic proof, so it must be true.

Sometimes I wish you could have stayed the adorable little fuzzball we brought home from the shelter forever — purely for the cuteness factor. But really, you’re a great grown-up dog (most of the time) and raising you has been a challenge, a journey, a joy. Thanks for licking my face when I’m sad, licking my face when I’m happy, and licking the floor when I drop food. Here’s to another year of kibbles and cuddles.

Your Momma


  1. gingermandy says:

    d’awww happy birthday pupperoni!

  2. Sonje says:

    That dog is five years old? I could have sworn you just got him a year or two ago. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I remember you getting him. Christ, how long have we known each other? More than five years? Is that possible??????

  3. EEEE so cute! Happy doggie birthday!

  4. Shari says:

    Awww! Happy Birthday to him! :)

  5. What great pictures. Happy birthday to the pup!

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  7. Kristan says:

    Riley says, “Ruff ruff, a roo roo ROOOOOOO!” (Or: “Thanks for all the birthday wishes!”)

    Yup, I’d guess about 5 yrs. Time flies, doesn’t it?

  8. linda says:

    Aww, soooo cute! Happy belated 5th birthday to Riley! I have the same feeling about Mochi — I wish he’d stay a tiny adorable bunny forever because CUTENESS. He’s a lot bigger now and sadly not as cute appearance-wise, but I do appreciate that he’ll come to me for pets now and lick me in response (instead of me having to wait til he lies down somewhere and then sneak up on him, lol).

  9. Kristan says:

    Aww, that’s so cute! You’re making me miss my childhood rabbit… (Oh-so-creatively named Thumper. :P)

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