Riley
1/23/2005 - 11/29/2020Our Riley-Roo
January 23, 2005 – November 29, 2020

Our beautiful, friendly, spunky, rabble-rousing warrior queen, Riley was released from any and all of her afflictions on Sunday, November 29, 2020. Her sense of duty and love for her family never wavered; it was her body that made the ending a given.
In the comfort of her home, her final moments were dignified, peaceful and filled with love as she was surrounded by her “every day” family and mate of ten years, Crosby; her crossing facilitated with the assistance of Dr. Amy Czarnecki.
We are filled with wonderful memories. Like most “pets” she was so very much more. When she was young, she was a “runner” and there were many times we thought she would not allow us any sort of longevity. We had a small hobby farm where she was initially raised and thrived. She somehow, intuitively, knew it was her job to shepherd the animals. She had to learn it was “not ok” to pick up the chickens in her mouth. Her reward at the end of barn sessions was often to run after the golf cart Matt drove, and boy, was she fast! I’m not sure who enjoyed those sessions most. Riley anticipated and Matt would gladly provide opportunities where he thought he could outsmart her. When she realized she had been momentarily duped, she would yelp out at him, until she double-backed and once again proved who was really boss! Crosby would often try to help his friend by attempting to bite the tires. She left many great impressions on our hearts.
While we braced ourselves for the heartbreak and mourning losing the oldest dog we’ve ever owned would bring, we were not prepared for the grief that would be demonstrated by Crosby. We’ve never had a surviving pet. We’re all working it out.
In the meantime, it’s comforting to think of our girl running through the fields above, befriending all the other animals she’s meeting.
Donna & Matt SkinnerIndianapolis, IndianaDecember 2, 2020
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Riley was a go getter. She was always energetic, compassionate and full of her own special zest! I will always remember fondly the moments she shared with me and am happy she moved on in the most dignified and peaceful way she could.

Watching and encouraging her to run around the farm were some of the best moments. Though she appeared unpredictable in her youth you could see her unrivalled caring in her maturity. Crosby came in and though he was rough around the edges she helped polish him into the sweet boy he is. I know he (like all of us) will miss his friend but he will persevere because of her strength and I for one and am at peace knowing that she is already bolting around her new home with unlimited energy and love.
David Cooper - December 6, 2020
I'm sorry to hear about Riley's passing but happy in the knowledge that she had a long, fun-filled life surrounded by loving family and I appreciate the moments I was able to share with her; she was a kind and gentle soul.

In time the grief will fade but the fond memories will always remain!
Kevin Cooper - December 3, 2020
It was truly such an honor to be a part of such a beautiful and private moment with your family... I felt like I had really known sweet Riley because of the wonderful stories you shared- she lived each day of her life to the fullest, and when you saw that ceasing, you loved her enough to let her make her journey over the “Rainbow Bridge”. Please give Crosby a big hug from me (I loved that he let me in the house but didn’t like it when I’d walk out!!!)- you are all in my prayers and in my heart ❤️Amy Czarnecki - December 3, 2020

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