Riley"s Big Adventure

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A Birthday Legendary

May 7th 2012 11:00 am
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Hey pals,

Yesterday was my 6th birthday.

Dad and I set out for a GUYS ONLY Legendary. For those of you that don't know what a Legendary is, it's what Dad and I call our long, long walks through the trails of our neighbourhood and into the big fields of the Provincial Park that we live next to.

It's Legendary because we go for 3 to 4 1/2 hours.

Yesterday we went for 3 hours. Caileigh and Mom had to stay home--this Legendary was for us guys only.

I do have to admit, I missed the Caileigh Girl. Dad noticed it as well. I didn't run around the big fields as much as I do with her. I also kept looking back towards the main entrance hoping to see her and Mom joining us.

Dad and I still had a great time. It was so nice outside as well. For dinner, both Caileigh and I got chicken--our favourite!!!

I want to thank all my pals so much for sending me messages and rosettes. Dad and I looked at all of them and Dad read me the messages. I want to thank Redford and pack for my birthday graphic. I sure am a handsome pup--no grey in my muzzle . . . yet.

I'm a lucky pup, pals. You all are great friends.

Thanks for thinking of me. Your friend, Riley

 

Guide Dog Walk

May 28th 2012 5:36 am
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Hey pals,

I hope all of my American pup pals are enjoying their Memorial Day long weekend.

Yesterday, Dad loaded me and Caileigh into my Bachelor Pad and we headed out on a road trip. We drove to Elmira for a Guide Dog walk.

When we got there we saw Drake's Mom, Deb. After registering, Caileigh and I headed out onto the trail with Dad and not after long we came across our friend, Mollie and her Mom. We all continued on the trail together.

When the walk was over, we headed to Deb's house. Drake was there getting the backyard ready for the big pawty.

Pals, let me tell you, Drake has a great backyard.Instead of real grass, he has artificial turf. It was so soft on the paws. Right away I had to have a roll and test this stuff out. It was awesome!!!

We had a great time running around. Drake sure has a lot of energy. Mollie and I are the two older dogs and we wanted to rest, but watching Drake made me even more tired.

Dad played a big game of ball with Drake. He could play that all day. He's really good at catching the ball in mid-air and doing flips and everything.

Caileigh was on constant bird patrol.

Dad got to see Spikey's urn. After our visit last year, Spike made his journey to the Bridge. Don't you worry, pal, Drake is doing a great job taking care of Mom and filling her days with lots of love.

It was a great day and Caileigh and I had lots of fun visiting. Can't wait until next year.

 

Guide Dog Walk

May 28th 2012 5:38 am
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Hey pals,

I hope all of my American pup pals are enjoying their Memorial Day long weekend.

Yesterday, Dad loaded me and Caileigh into my Bachelor Pad and we headed out on a road trip. We drove to Elmira for a Guide Dog walk.

When we got there we saw Drake's Mom, Deb. After registering, Caileigh and I headed out onto the trail with Dad and not after long we came across our friend, Mollie and her Mom. We all continued on the trail together.

When the walk was over, we headed to Deb's house. Drake was there getting the backyard ready for the big pawty.

Pals, let me tell you, Drake has a great backyard.Instead of real grass, he has artificial turf. It was so soft on the paws. Right away I had to have a roll and test this stuff out. It was awesome!!!

We had a great time running around. Drake sure has a lot of energy. Mollie and I are the two older dogs and we wanted to rest, but watching Drake made me even more tired.

Dad played a big game of ball with Drake. He could play that all day. He's really good at catching the ball in mid-air and doing flips and everything.

Caileigh was on constant bird patrol.

Dad got to see Spikey's urn. After our visit last year, Spike made his journey to the Bridge. Don't you worry, pal, Drake is doing a great job taking care of Mom and filling her days with lots of love.

It was a great day and Caileigh and I had lots of fun visiting. Can't wait until next year.

 

Animal Communicator

June 7th 2012 9:53 am
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Hey pals,

On Tuesday night, Dad took me and Caileigh to the barn where we met up with Mom.

That night a very special lady was there to communicate with all of the horses. She also communicates with dogs.

I was a little chatter box.

The very first thing I told her as soon as she met me really floored Dad.

The communicator turned to Mom and said, "You used to have another dog. Riley wants you to know that she comes to visit."

Dad nearly fell to the ground. The one thing he wanted to know, was answered right away. The communicator doesn't know anything about Mom or Dad, not even their names. No one at the barn knows that we have ever had any other dogs.

The second thing I told her was why I'm not a show dog. I told her that I was too tall and that my face is twisted. I've looked at photos and I've seen myself and it's true, my face is twisted. Dad has even told me, in not so many words, that my face is different.

Dad felt so bad when the lady told him that was how I felt. You see, my markings are off-centre and it creates the impression that my face is twisted.

Dad gave me a big kiss and wanted me to know that my face isn't twisted and that I'm very handsome.

The lady was amazed at how much I had to say. Dad was amazed, too.

I told the lady about my trails and big fields and wooded areas.

Caileigh told the lady that she wanted Mom and Dad to know that she is a good girl and that she can be left out of her crate when they aren't home. Mom and Dad had just started testing her and having her loose with me.

Caileigh also told her that she likes it when an all brown dog comes to visit us. She was talking about our cousin, Bailey, from Michigan. He visited us at Christmas and a couple of times before that.

Caileigh also told the lady that she wants to go camping again, just like we did last year. She just wanted Mom to know that she needs to make sure that she packs everything. You see, the camp site we went to last year is just around the corner from our house. Mom had to keep going home because she forgot to pack a bunch of stuff, including our food.

I told the lady that we were in the newspaper. Back in April, while at the Easter Egg Hunt, a newspaper photographer took our picture.

One thing that both Caileigh and I were wondering was why we haven't seen the neighbours for so long. The lady asked Dad why that was. Dad told the lady to tell me and Caileigh that the neighbours had moved to Dubai and that the house was vacant. It's been vacant sine January.

Dad also laughed at one thing. The lady told him that I had told her that Dad asked me to make sure that I did a lot of talking and told the lady everything. It's true, Dad told me that just before we got there.

I also told the lady that I was jealous that Caileigh got to go to school and I never did.

It was a lot of fun talking to this lady. She really liked me and thought I was just the funniest guy.

Maybe we'll see her again one day. I'll have to save up all things I want to say until then.

 

4-Time Champion

August 21st 2012 11:36 am
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Hey pals,

Some of you may remember that every year we go to a Pointer Picnic hosted by one of the Pointer breeders.

It's official.

I am the greatest musical hula-hoop champion of all-time!!!

Four straight championships. The pressure was really on this year. Those young pups were gunning for me. In fine fashion I took them on and defeated them all. In the finals, the female pointer that was challenging me, tried to take a bite out of me . . . but I was unfazed. The game continued and I won.

After the pawtying stopped, I announced my retirement. I don't have anything left to prove and I want to go out on top.

The Caileigh girl didn't join us this year, it was just me and Dad. The day before the event we were all out running in the fields and Caileigh hurt her paw. No worries, she's fine. Her and Mom stayed home.

Luckily I had my niece, Gretchen, and great niece, Gemma, there to cheer me on.

The training begins . . . it's time to pass my skills onto Caileigh so we can keep the winning in the family.

 

My dog Dad, Theo, still has it!!!

August 28th 2012 9:18 am
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Hey pals,

As many of you know, my family takes part in the show ring.

We've done very well, getting both Canadian and American Championships.

My Dad, Theo, was a show dog. He never much liked it, but went along with it . . . likely to please his sweet Mom.

Well, this weekend, Theo went back into the ring.

It was the Canadian National Pointer Specialty Championship and Theo decided he had at least one last show in him. The hope was he'd do well in the Veterans class.

Well, Theo, proved that he still has it. Not only did he win the Veterans class, but he also won Best of Opposite Sex in the overall Pointer ring and Best Canadian Bred.

We are so very proud of him. Last Thursday I sent him a special message via Facebook and I like to think that my message was that little extra push that helped him in the ring.

Dad, you still got it!!!!

 

The Woods Got The Better of Me

October 2nd 2012 9:13 am
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Hey Pals!

I'm a little out of sorts today. Yesterday afternoon, me, Caileigh, Mom and Dad headed out for a big run in the fields.

At one part, Caileigh and I took off into the woods. I caught the scent of something and gave chase.

Caileigh returned in a few minutes. Dad and Caileigh continued on the trail while Mom waited at the spot where I headed into the woods.

After about 10 minutes I came out of the woods and greeted Mom. Unfortunately I was worse for wear. While running in the woods, a branch struck me and tore open a large gash on my chest. The hole revealed my flesh and muscle.

Mom cried out for Dad. The Caileigh Girl came running back and say what had happened. She turned around and headed to get Dad. When the two arrived back, Dad saw my wound and the worried look on my Mom's face.

I pulled it together and started off after Caileigh. Dad called me back and told me to "hold up". Mom put me on the leash while Dad and Caileigh ran home to get my Bachelor Pad (aka Pathfinder).

Dad met Mom and I at the start of the trailhead. Luckily we have a ramp that used to belong to our pal, Spikey. It really came in handy. I used it to get in the truck.

We rushed off to the vet.

This is the part where it all gets a little blurry for me. As Dad tells me, the vet gave me a sedative and began to clean my wound. I was a real good boy through all of this. The vet then used 15 to 20 staples to close my gash.

All I remember is the nice vet tech holding me and speaking softly to me. I then went into a room and rested. Mom and Dad came back and picked me up.

When I got home, Caileigh was really nice to me. Instead of jumping and trying to get me to play, she greeted me with a nice sniff. She then checked me out to make sure I was okay.

At this point I was really tired, so I went to me bed to sleep.

This morning Dad came downstairs and when I heard him I gave a wag of my tail. Mom and Caileigh slept with me downstairs.

I'm feeling much better, pals. I had chicken, my favourite, this morning. I also had my breakfast with some meds.

Mom told me to rest today. I think that's a good idea.

 

Recovering Fine

October 3rd 2012 7:26 am
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Hey Pals!!!

I wanted to let all my pals know that I'm doing fine. The recovery is going very well. You wouldn't even know I hurt myself based on my behaviour.

I want to also thank everyone for the sweet comments, rosettes and pawmails.

You guys are great friends. Dad and I have gone through each well wishes.

Thanks pals and have a great day!!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

October 7th 2012 11:37 am
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Caileigh, Dad and I want to wish all of our Canadian pup pals and their families a happy thanksgiving.

You all are in our thoughts today.

 

Today

November 14th 2012 10:15 am
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Hey pals,

It all started 1 year ago. On that Tuesday night I joined Dad in my Bachelor Pad (Pathfinder) and we slept overnight in the parking lot of the sales centre.

It was cold, but I snuggled close to Dad, each of us keeping the other warm.

Luckily we only spent that first night sleeping on site. The other nights we had a girl from the barn hold our number 1 place in line.

That was a year ago. Five days of waiting in line for the best lot.

Today, we close on our new house.

Now this is old hat for me. In my 6 1/2 years, this will be my fourth house. All of them have been in the same community. Today comes as no surprise to me, because I've known what was in store. You see we visited the new house a lot. I have come to understand what that means.

Caileigh . . . she has no clue. She hasn't gone through this before.

Don't you all worry, I'll explain everything to her.

Dad will be busy over the next several days moving our stuff from two streets away to our new house. I hope he doesn't hook me and Caileigh up to a cart and get us to pull any furniture down the road.

Caileigh and I will love the new lot. We'll be siding and back onto a big field with lots of trees, birds and wild life. The Caileigh Girl will be in heaven.

Time to go pack up my stuff.

Bark at you soon, pals.

 
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