Last weekend, Reilly, formally O’Reilly, came to live with us, adding to the chaos of the Walcotts’ home. She is one of those dogs you fall in love with at first sight and that’s exactly what happened when we saw her on the dog rescue and foster website, Manitoba Underdogs.
We had been searching online for that ‘perfect’ dog. One that would fit our family dynamics. We are a fun family so the dog had to be a bit high-spirited and full of energy. We visited a foster care home to check out some potential dogs and while we were waiting for an appointment for a follow-up home visit, we saw Reilly.
Reilly had a look-alike brother, Begley. They were so cute together that I would have taken them both if I could. When she came home, we sat as a family to decide on a name for her. After trying on more than a few names, we figured that Reilly without the ‘O’ fitted her just fine.
I am not used to untrained dogs that poop and pee all over my castle, so obviously it’s a learning and accepting experience for me. So too is waking up at weird hours of the night to attend to Miss Thing. One of the most frustrating is when I take Reilly outside to relieve herself. She is so excited being out that she wants to play and nothing else. Then as soon as she comes in, she promptly squats on my linoleum and do her thing! Is there a warranty on this thing?
Reilly is a lab so she chews and nips all the time. It’s hard to play with an energetic pup that nips everything that moves and apparently this behavior lasts up to 2 years! Woe is me! Good news is, she is getting better at sleeping through the night in her kennel which I’m very thankful for.
I think I know why they called her O’Reilly…Oh Reilly!