Riley, just before his 13th birthday.
Riley epitomized the enthusiasm and contentment with life typical for a Golden Retriever. As Riley aged, his spinal column and front legs started to develop arthritis. At age 10, the discomfort started to limit his joy. Thanks to the help of Dr. Stange and Dr. Perkins, Riley was able to age gracefully and continue to embody his moto of “Snort quietly, and carry a big stick.” Riley was fortunate to receive regular acupuncture treatments and herbal pain medications with Dr. Stange and Dr. Perkins until he passed at age 13. I miss him every day but am so grateful for all the memories we shared and the time we enjoyed for an additional three years—free of discomfort.