Nicknames: Wiley, RileyPants, Ri, Ri-Ri, Riley Monster, Mr. Pants, GrumpyPants, Grumplestiltskin, Grumpleton, The Little One, Turkey
Birthday: April 16th 2006
Likes: Treats, mornings, belly rubs and cuddling!
Pet-Peeves: Being messed with when he's trying to sleep, Benny constantly stealing his toys
Favorite Toy: Bones, rope toys, anything to play tug of war with, empty carboard rolls (like the kind you end up with after you use all the paper towels) and anything Benny has.
Favorite Food: He'd like human food, but since we won't give him any he settles for his dog food.
Favorite Walk: Around the neighborhood
Best Tricks: Sit, come, giving kisses, shake, up, put your paws up, the turkey dance and he's learning how to fetch (and bring the ball back)
Arrival Story: Riley's original owners had to rehome him because he became scared of their children (after their unsupervised 6 year old had him in a headlock). So far he is nothing but sweet and we believe that we can help him get over his fear of children. His previous owners did not take good care of him, but we are grooming him regularly, cleared up his worms and an ear infection and now his health is much better. He has "triggers" and will growl if you hug him, if you get anywhere near him when he's tired or not feeling well and don't touch him while he's eating! We think that someone in his previous family hurt him when he was asleep or eating.
Bio: Riley and Benny hit it off from the start, which was necessary. If Benny didn't like him, we couldn't get Riley. Lucky for us it was love at first sight. They were clearly meant to be brothers. UPDATE: We've had Riley for 4 months now, and wow, what a different dog! Riley finally loves hugs and doesn't growl at us half as much. He's much more friendly with people and children and is a very happy boy! Each morning he wakes up wagging and wiggling and giving us kisses. I'm not a morning person, but even I can't help but smile at Riley's happy morning dance. He is a total lover and wants nothing more than to be in your lap 24/7. Riley didn't play with toys much when we got him, but now he stands up to Benny when Ben tries to steal toys from him and actually taunts Benny with the toys. We can tell that Riley is so grateful to us and is so happy now. I tell him I love him every day and also remind him that no one will ever hurt him again and it's finally sunk in with him.
Well today is the one year anniversary of me coming to live with my new family. I was so nervous and reserved that day that Mom and Dad can hardly believe that I was the same dog! Now I'm mouthy, talkative, pushy, in-our-face loveable. :) And the best darn cuddler on this side of the Mississippi!
Coming to live with my new mom and dad and my new brother was the best day. I get spoiled rotten, I'm fed food that doesn't upset my tummy, I don't get ear infections anymore, I'm always groomed and I get loved on. What more can a dog ask for?
Well, Benny, Boo and I have, collectively, been tagged by 13 pups! They are:
Atticus Finch, Petey (2x), Daisy, Cooper the Westie, Cooper the Lab, Benoni, Wesley Boo Radley Mueller, Meg, Toby, Furby, Benny's girlfriend Nola and Albert! Whew!
So here is how the game will go!
Each player starts with 7 random facts about themselves. Dogs who are tagged need to write down in there own diary about 7 random facts and the rules! You need to choose 7 dogs to tag and list there names. Don't forget to leave them a a comment that they have been tagged and to read your dairy! So here is 7 things you may know or don't know about littlt me :o)
1. I love to cuddle.
2. I can give kisses all day long.
3. I'm a big grouch when I'm tired, so don't come near me!
4. My big brother Benny is my very own personal chew toy.
5. I love water!
6. I trust my new parents so much that I'll finally let them hug me (before I'd growl at them if they tried).
7. When I get excited I'll put your hand in my mouth. I don't bite it, I just...kind of gnaw on it a little. :)
Rather than do this to 21 dogs, we chose to tag 7 for all 3 of us.
5. Duncan Tryon
7. Gwendolyn of the Highlands