Nicknames: Rowdy Riley, Tootles, Tootsie, HoneyBun, Cutie, and some people still know me as "Toto"
Birthday: December 9th 2005
Likes: Love love and more love! I always want to be around Mommy at all times. I like to play with people and other dogs (sometimes), and I love giving hugs and kisses!
Pet-Peeves: Not getting enough attention, strange cats in our backyard, and creepy men that give Mommy bad vibes.
Favorite Toy: Mr. Moose and other stuffed animals, my rope toy that was a present from Mia's Mommy, rainbow jack, tennis balls, chew toys, and Mommy!
Favorite Food: I have discovered the joys of bullysticks! I also like any sort of natural dog treats, jerky, Wellness treats, meat and bones, and peanut butter.
Favorite Walk: Around the pet store! I like to pick out my own toys while I'm there. I also like walking around the neighborhood and at the parks nearby.
Best Tricks: I already know sit and I'm usually pretty good about coming when called! I will also lay down and sometimes rollover. I'm also good at getting out of the backyard, but Mommy says that isn't a trick she wants me to do anymore.
Arrival Story: One day my Mommy was surfing the Dogster forums and came across a topic about some dogs in Houston that were going to be euthanized if we weren't rescued by Monday January 8th, 2007. Mommy felt so sorry for us and after staring at our pictures for so long, she decided she had to do something. So she contacted the shelter and see if they would adopt a dog out to her even though she lived in a different state. They said yes! And not only that, but they extended the deadline to Friday January 12th, 2007. So my Mommy got to work and found out that another Dogster member, Mia's Mommy would help us out with transporting me to Arkansas. So Mia's Mommy went to the shelter to meet me on that Friday. I was so sweet and playful that I totally won Mia's Mommy over, and she recommended me to my new Mommy. So Mia's Mommy filled out the adoption form and took me home with her for the night.
The next day, Mia's Mommy and Daddy took me for a drive. We drove from Houston to Tyler and that's where I met my new Mommy and my little sister Wrangler for the first time! I said goodbye to Mia's Mommy and Daddy and got in the car with my new Mommy and off we went. We drove from Tyler all the way to my new forever home in Arkansas. It was a long day of driving, but it was well worth it. I love my new family and home!
Bio: I am forever grateful to Dogster for helping me find my way to my forever home. If it wasn't for my pals MB, Parker, and Nikki, who posted all the information about the BARC "Last Chance Dogs" on the Dogster forum, my Mommy never would have found out about me and rescued me. And I am also forever grateful to my awesome pal Mia and her Mommy, because they were the ones who actually went to the shelter and officially adopted me to get me out of there before it was too late, and then helped me travel through Texas to meet Mommy halfway from Arkansas! Mommy wouldn't have been able to adopt me without their help! Thank you so much to everyone who helped me find my way to my forever home!
Forums Motto: WARNING: Pit Bull May Lick You To Death
Important Dates: My Birthday is December 9th, 2005. I was adopted and came to my forever home on January 13th, 2007.
Name: When I was at the shelter, my name was Toto. Now that I have a new start in life in a new home with a new family, I also needed a new name. Mommy came up with several different ideas, but after playing with me and getting to know me, Mommy said that the name Riley fit me best. So Riley it is!
Out and About: I love going everywhere with Mommy that I can. I love the outdoors and have so much fun going to the local parks. I also like hanging out in various places with Mommy and her friends, and I especially love going to the pet store! Mommy says I still have to learn my manners about not pulling on the leash, but I can't help it - I just get so excited! I'm a lot better about not pulling now though - Mommy trained me to walk in a halter and that has really helped. I also like riding in the car now - I don't mind the windshield wipers or get carsick anymore.
Family: I have a big family that loves me very much! I live with Mommy and Daddy (her boyfriend) in a nice house with a big backyard in a small rural town in central Arkansas. Mommy only works part-time, so she has plenty of time to take care of me and the rest of us pet-kids around here. My Zedi and Bubbi (grandparents on Mommy's side) live about 45 minutes away. And then of course Mommy has a lot of close friends who are just like family - some of them I even call my Aunts and Uncles too.
Training: Mommy is doing her research about training me. So far she's introduced me to the little box that clicks and then I get a treat. I like that thing! Mommy is probably going to have me seen by a trainer too, but she's working on teaching me some manners and basic commands on her own for now.
Food: I'm on a grain-free/raw diet - that means that I mostly eat real biologically appropriate raw meat, bones, and organs according to a prey-model plus grain-free kibble (I rotate between Instinct, Evo, Core, and Taste of the Wild mostly, but occasionally Mommy gets us some other grain-free brands too). I officially went raw on January 17th, 2007 and I love it!
Being a Bully: Mommy had always said that she'd never own a Pit Bull. She liked them just fine but had a bad experience with one several years ago and worried about having a Pit with other dogs. :( I'm just so sweet though that Mommy fell in love with me despite my Pit Bull blood, and I totally changed her mind. Mommy's been really careful with me though because she knows a dog like me is a lot of responsibility and will always require supervision around other dogs and other animals. She plans on having me be very well trained so that I can set a good example for my fellow "Bullies". Hopefully I can even get my Canine Good Citizen award!
Dogster Honors: I was Dog of the Week from January 18th to January 25th, 2007!
I'm three years old today - or at least today is the day we celebrate my birthday since Mommy had to estimate based on when she adopted me and how old they thought I was when the shelter picked me up. Today has been a great day. I got to go outside for a little bit in the morning, but then I got to spend the rest of the day inside with Mommy. I'm so glad she didn't have to work today so she could spend my birthday with me!
This afternoon, Mommy and Daddy took me out in the truck. Daddy drove, Mommy sat in the middle, and I got to sit by the window with my car-harness seat-belted in. This is the first time I've got to wear this new car-harness and I like it a lot cause the seat-belt strap is still long enough that I can lay down if I want or I can sit up and look out the window.
I saw all sorts of interesting things on our drive. I saw semi-trucks and I even saw a little house on a trailer pulled over on the side of the freeway! First we went to the bank, and I got to watch the little boxes get sucked up the tubes. I thought that was really cool. Next we went to Petsmart! Mommy had to get something for Kody's secret santa that they don't carry at her store. Then she took me down the toy aisle and I got to pick out my very own toy. I got a stuffed beaver with a squeaker. Everyone was really impressed by how I carried it all by myself to the counter. My Auntie Beth was there shopping too so she said hi to me and I got to give her hugs and kisses. Then Daddy drove us to KFC for dinner and I got to eat all the chicken skin and some chicken too. YUM.
Just when I thought the day couldn't get any better, Daddy drove us to the pet store where Mommy works too! So I got to see Mommy's boss who is always so nice to me, and he gave me some treats. I got to stare at the rabbits and the parakeets, and barked hello to the boss's dogs Rodney (a Rottie!) and Molly. At the counter, I got to pick out my own 3 foot long bullystick! And Mommy also got me some cookies for a good cause. The purchase of the cookies goes to a local rescue group here, and the cookies are really yummy!
It was dark by now, so Daddy drove us home. He had to go out tonight, but now I get to laze around in the house some more with Mommy and my siblings. I've already finished my bullystick and had a bunch of cookies, and now Mommy's got something for me baking in the kitchen too. It smells really good so I'm very excited. Gonna go take a nap with my new beaver.
Thank you everywoof that wished me a happy birthday and sent me presents and/or p-mails! I'm so honored to have such wonderful friends here on Dogster to celebrate my woofday with!
Now is a good time to finally update my diary and to wish all of my pals a Happy Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for, and this year has especially been a great Thanksgiving because I got to eat LOTS of turkey!
I'm thankful that I am here writing this entry, first and foremost. If it wasn't for my pawsome friends at Dogster, I never would have made it out of the shelter alive, and I can never thank them and Dogster enough. I'm very thankful that not only was I adopted, but I was adopted by my Mommy because I now have a wonderful forever home with loving parents and siblings. I always have plenty of good food to eat, a warm bed to lay in, toys to play with, and lots of love. And I'm thankful that I got so much turkey for dinner tonight!
Today Wrangler, Lola, and I went to the vet for our annual check up and vaccines. Kody didn't get to come with us, and he was very upset about that! Mommy had loaded all of us in Bubbi's car (Bubbi came to help take us - I guess Mommy didn't feel like getting all tangled up in three leashes), and then got in the front seat and went to shut the door. Kody jumped right into the car and into her lap! Mommy pushed him back out, but then he tried to chase the car, so Mommy had to get out and put him in a kennel while we were gone. I felt bad that he had to stay home all by himself. Well, Lulu was home too, but she was inside so that doesn't count.
Anyway, about our appointment. The good news is, we're all healthy! They also scanned me to make sure my microchip was still in place and was readable. It was, so Mommy's not going to worry about getting me an Avid chip (the one I have is from HomeAgain, but Wrangler and Lola have Avid chips). Our vet wasn't there today which was kind of disappointing, but the substitute vet was very nice too. I gave lots of slobbery kisses to the vet tech who helped during our appointment, and then lots of slobbery kisses to the girl who works at the front desk. They were amazed at the amount of saliva my Tongue Of DOOM can produce. I peed on the scale when Mommy weighed me, but I could smell that I wasn't the first to pee on it so I think leaving my mark was justified. Then I drooled in Bubbi's car all the way home. Kody was very glad to see us. And as a reward for being so good today, Mommy gave us steak for dinner! Not a bad day at all, even with getting stuck by all those needles.