It should be noted that he does not appear to be in any pain although some of his symptoms are worsening. He seems to be losing more limb awareness and coordination but that has not dampened his enthusiasm one bit. He went running across some wet grass the other day and tried to corner and slipped and then had quite a spectacular crash because he couldn't recover properly. Luckily he seemed no worse for wear.
The morning of his MRI I had to drop him off early in the morning so I left Stella at home and took just him. They wanted him "emptied" so we headed off for a short walk to the local park. The look on Riley's face when we left the driveway and headed off for a walk just the two of us was pure happiness. He was bouncing and soliciting play with me for almost the entire time we walked and had me laughing like crazy. It also broke me heart just a bit because it made me realize that he obviously misses our "one-on-one" training times as much as I do. We still have cuddle sessions with just "us" but since this journey started back in early June I have discontinued our training sessions so I wasn't stressing his body any more than necessary. I need to make sure my wonderful boy gets more time where he is the focus and perhaps look at doing some easy shaping type training until we sort all this out. I am hopeful that we can get him functioning better again and that there are lots of new training goals and fun times together in our future.
As you can see here in this short clip back in may my monster wants to be the one working with me :).