Monday, November 4, 2013

MILESTONE: Surviving for 3 Years!

Rilley with his new stuffed friend.

Today we celebrate another major milestone in Rilley's life.  It is hard to believe that it has already been three years since Rilley's surgery in Minneapolis.  Time has certainly flown since November 4, 2010.  It may be cliché, but it really does seem like yesterday that we were packing the Jeep to hit the road for the first time.

A lot has happened since then and we have documented all the ups and downs right here on the blog.   There have been many helpful and dedicated professionals along the way and I always thought it would be fun to list them all.  So here it goes:

Mountainview Animal Hospital
Dr. Stephanie Ewing

University of Minnesota
Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar
John Ohlfest, Ph.D
Dr. Matthew Hunt
Brian Andersen, Ph.D
Jessica Bedi

University of Guelph
Dr. Fiona James

Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital
Dr. Meredith Gauthier
Dr. Carolina Duque

It is thanks to all those people, and the legions of staff that work with them, that Rilley has been able to make it to this point.  As I had said in a post near the beginning of this journey, Rilley really does have more doctors than most people!

Another pair of characters that have seen him through his surgery and beyond are his favourite stuffed animals, Winnie the Pooh and Bunny.  They've had put up with a lot.  Winnie not only came along for the ride on our first trip to Minnesota but he also comforted Rilley during his stay in ICU.  Bunny came along on subsequent trips and through it all they have been his favourite toys.  They have seen better days though.  Sara has had to perform many a reconstructive surgery on both of them whenever Rilley decided to go Tony Soprano on them and take out his frustrations.

As a way of commemorating today, Sara picked up a new stuffed buddy for him, complete with a scarf imprinted with the year.  Hopefully he gets welcomed into the fold of Rilley's little clan.

Here's to celebrating many more anniversaries Rilley!


  1. Such great news! Way to conquer the world Riley!!!!!! Keep up the great work!

  2. We are so happy for your family and Rilley! Congratulations! We would like to post an update on Rilley and link back to this blog. Could we have permission to use this photo of Riley on our UMN VMC Facebook and Twitter accounts?

    Thank you,
    The UMN VMC Facebook Team

  3. Of course you may. I will also contact you through your Facebook page in case there is anything else you need.

  4. Hi, I couldn’t seem to find an email. Can you email me so I can ask you a question about your dog?