Likes: Playing soccer in the back yard... anyone need an all-star goalie? Going anywhere with my mom. Water and soft snow.
Pet-Peeves: Loud noises that sound like fireworks and the evil vacuum cleaner. Also strangers, but then once I get to know them, I love them!
Favorite Toy: Soccer ball and tennis balls plus anything stuffed that I can make a hole in and then pull out as much stuffing as I can before Mom takes it away.
Favorite Food: Anything chicken flavored... yummy! I also like to drool on mom's chair when she eats popcorn
Favorite Walk: Used to be Merritt Prairie, but since we moved it's the dog park.
Best Tricks: I know to 'move over' when my mom gets into bed. I just move to my half of the bed when she tells me too.
Arrival Story: At first my mom saw one of my brothers at the animal shelter. She fell in love and asked them to hold him while she cleared it with the land lord. By the time the landlord called back with a yes, he was adopted by someone else. The nice ladies at the shelter said that there were two puppies and the momma dog left at the farm where they were found and gave my mom her phone number. Mom was all set to go and pick up the remaining male puppy (why she was stuck on getting a male dog I will never know). She got there and there I was, all personality and sillyness while my brother was a little aloof. So, mom choose me. =) I never had to see the inside of a shelter but a few days later my mom and brother were there. A month or so later we saw my dog mom in town. A very nice couple had adopted her which made me and my human mom very happy.
Mom wanted me to point out that she works at the Beatrice Humane Society (that's why she comes home smelling like so many other dogs!!). There are several wonderful dogs out there that need homes, so please check out your local shelter or rescue group before purchasing a dog.
Bio: Believe it or not Riley's dog mom was a beautiful white German Shepard. No idea what dad was, but I think some type of border collie or border collie mix because of her short legs and floppy ears. Riley also has the distinction of having a notched, $400 ear. A dog basically tackled and attacked her at the dog park and tore a chunk the size of my thumb nail out of her ear. It hit a vein which made for a very long, costly recovery.
Riley is a funny dog. She's not terribly affectionate or lovely. She does like to cuddle but usually only in the morning or when I first get home from work. She likes "her space" when resting in the living room so I give it to her. Although whenever I get up or move she has to come with me. She is definitely my shadow in that way. She also never rolls over for belly rubs. When I brush her I often have her roll over so I can get her belly but she almost never does this on her own.
Riley is smart, devoted, clingy, and full of personality. She also likes things her way. Her favorite game is to get the tennis ball and "nose" it at me while I am doing dishes. If I don't kick it to her soon enough I get a nice, high-pitched reminder to kick the ball!
Forums Motto: Too smart for my own good!
Always on the move: Riley has had the misfortune of being with me through all of my various moves since college. I got her in Chariton, Iowa, moved to Coralville, Iowa, then on to DeKalb, IL for grad school and finally Beatrice, NE. We haven't made it to the two year mark yet but in Sept. of '07 it will be two years in Beatrice.
What Riley eats: Riley eats Canidae Chicken and Rice Formula. She has a somewhat sensitive stomach and does excellent on this food. I would recommend it to anyone and it's actually cheaper (feed less) than grocery store brands!
In order to understand how my mom is dog’s best friend you need to understand a little about her personality. My mom is incredibly independent and stubborn and hates to ask for help. Hates it! She would rather move a 100 pound book case or fix something herself than ask for help... except when it comes to saving dogs' lives. Mom is shameless when asking for help with saving dogs. She will ask your brother’s roommate’s cousin for help if she needed it. But it’s because she opens herself up, becomes vulnerable and asks for help that she is able to do so much.
For the past 3 years mom and has been working at the local shelter for 2-3 days a week (in addition to her full time job). She awakened a sleeping giant when she started working there and is very passionate about shelter dogs and adopting. So much so that’s it’s probably a bit annoying to some. ;)
Mom has pretty much done it all; worked/volunteered at the shelter, fostered, transported, pulled dogs from other shelters, adopted, and advocated. Some of her bigger accomplishments include getting dogs pulled, transported, and adopted from several states away. But she couldn’t do it by herself. Dogster has been a huge part of mom’s rescue work. She has met countless friends and like minded individuals who have played very important roles in almost all of her rescues. The first was Gypsy, am emaciated husky mix who she fostered and got accepted to a husky rescue in IL thanks to the help of fellow Dogsters, who also helped transport Gypsy to the rescue. The latest rescue involved getting a 3 legged pit bull puppy from Nebraska to Ohio- Dogsters were responsible for getting the pup from Nebraska to the Iowa/Illinois state line, that entire transport and rescue could not have happened without the help of Dogsters!
A sad lesson mom has had to learn is to pick her battles... but when mom decides to fight, she has yet to loose. She has saved several German Shepherds, 2 huskies, and 1 pit bull from her own shelter, not only getting these dogs into rescue in different states but also opening up kennel space for other dogs. She has also pulled 3 dogs from shelters in other states and gotten them into foster/forever homes. When mom puts her mind to something you better not stand in her way, but you can always help her along the way.
Mom is tireless when it comes to improving the lives of “her” shelter dogs and getting them into great homes. She says it is her passion and her definition of passion is never being satisfied with status quo and always striving for improvement. She researches enrichment ideas for the shelter, recruits and trains volunteers, developed and teaches a class for shelter dog walkers, and is starting a behavioral assessment program for her shelter so that animals are better matched to potential adopters. In fact, it’s amazing she has time to spend with us!
So that’s it, my mom rocks, but so does Dogster and its members. Mom is truly humbled and blessed by the fine folks she has met and friends she has made. She doesn’t know what she would do without some of these folks in her life, and she certainly knows that a few lives have been saved because of those folks!
I think one of the greatest areas of frustration in being a dog or a dog owner is the language barrier we face. If only there were times of open communication where nothing was left to interpretation! As a human we are often concerned with our dogs' happiness and health. How do we know they are truly happy? In times of sickness we wish with every fiber of our being that our dogs could tell us how to make it better. There's no doubt that dogs are much better at grasping human communication than we are at doggie communication but still they must be so frustrated when their humans just don't quite understand.
But then there are moments... brief, precious moments where there is clear and perfect communication. These moments often consist of pure, unadulterated joy and happiness. These moments are the moments you treasure and you keep close to your heart. These are the moments where there are no questions as to happiness for the look in the eyes tells you it is so.
And that's the way I feel about Riley's new profile picture. It was a magic moment of relaxation and happiness captured in Riley's face and snapped in a photograph. I realize how lucky I am to have a keepsake of this perfect moment where there is no language barrier, only joy.
Check out this hot piece of tushy! Me I, of course, would prefer a much more flattering pose but hey, I'll take all the exposure I can get!
Mom has been really happy with me (except for the little thing about continuing to get kleenexes out of the bathroom trash). Raven and I have been playing a lot and I don't think it's such a big deal that she's here. In fact, I actually enjoy the fact that she's around! Imagine that.