Riley 06-346

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8/28/06: This stellar young man is named Riley. He's approximately one year old and is the sweetest boy ever! Riley was found by a very nice family in Owatonna, Minnesota who took him under their wing and got him the veterinary care that he needed. They already have two dogs of their own, so to their dismay they could not keep him. I just want to say thank you to them for lending a helping hand to this wonderful pup--you did a great job with him!

Today Riley came to work with me and got all the remaining shots he needed, as well as heartworm preventative and a microchip. He will be neutered on Thursday. I will post another update letting everyone know how his surgery went!

At a Glance #06-346

Breed not specified Born: March 2006
Male Weight not specified

Status: Adopted

Updates

Sunday, September 24, 2006

My Riley-boo has had a pretty busy week, and I think he just might have met his forever family today. Thanks to all the wonderful families who expressed interest in him, he truly is a gem! So as not to jinx anything, we'll wait to write about his new family until he is adopted, but for now, I just wanted to send a couple more pictures of Riley, the poor starving boy from the woods, enjoying the good life. Although I wasn't able to snap his favorite position, which involves lying across the head of the bed, up against the headboard, on his back with all 4 feet in the air. Silly boy.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Hello everyone, Riley here. I wanted to use all my renewed post-picnic energy to send a tremendous thank you to RAGOM and all the wonderful volunteers that put on such a spectacular event yesterday!!!!!

I can honestly say it was the best day I've had in a long time, maybe even ever! I met so many wonderful people and dogs, and even some families that were interested in meeting ME! Best of all, my plan worked -- I'm going to stay with my foster Mom and fur bro Mason until I find my forever home. Even though I heard the foster lady in South Dakota was super nice and had a great pack of playmates and even their very own lake (hmm, pretty tempting for a guy like me), and even though I met the nice transport ladies and I love to ride in the car, I decided I'm pretty happy where I am. All this bouncing around to new homes can take a toll on even a resilient young guy like me (not that I'm admitting it has... afterall, I'm a pretty adaptable happy-go-lucky kind of guy)... but nonetheless, I've decided that my next move will be my LAST one... yes I, Riley-boo, am ready to settle down and find my very own forever family (and the sooner the better, since foster mom is killing my macho image, and even has me calling myself her silly, cheesy pet names)!

So, that said, I want to give you the full scoop on me, my history, and what I'm looking for in my forever home. As you know, I was found in the woods by a good Samaritan family. I was just lying there all sad and sick, and I don't even remember how I got there... so the first 6+ months of my life is a mystery. This nice family helped me to get better and fed me a lot (thank goodness because I was pretty darn skinny!) and then they brought me to RAGOM in August.

I was adopted last week by a nice family with 2 young kids, and although I really like kids, I guess my manners need some work, and I might have been too much of a handful for them. I'm not gonna deny it, now that I'm healthy and happy and living the Golden life with RAGOM, I know that I deserve to have a family who accepts me for the wonderful big puppy that I am today, but is also willing to work with me to become an even better dog!

I do have a LOT of energy. Those of you who met me at the picnic yesterday didn't see my sporty, active side (unless you saw me down by the water, that is). I'll admit it, foster mom was actually successful in tiring me out after 2 days of long walks and play sessions with my foster brother, and then the fantastic picnic. But, even though I did crash hard last night and napped for most of this morning, I'm pretty much ready for a new adventure now. I think mom under-estimated me when she was emptying the dishwasher this afternoon and we were in the backyard on the patio, and when she looked away for a minute, I decided to surprise her by digging a couple of holes...I think the yard looks a lot better now. Hey, who can blame a guy for making himself useful?

OK, I seem to have a lot to say today (I'm normally not this vocal and hardly ever bark), but I better get down to telling you what I want in a family before you fall asleep -- or maybe that is the ultimate test for my new family...those that read through all of my rambling and take it all in, are the ones with the energy and stamina I'm looking for! Yeah, that's it.

So, a family with a big fenced in yard would be great. I don't think I'd be too happy on a tie-out since I like to move. My family will likely have a young, active fur sister or brother for me because, let's face it, unless you're a marathon runner, I guarantee I like to exercise more than you do. And I guess I could learn a thing or two about manners from having a fur sibling, too. So far I haven't met a dog I didn't like, so I hope you'll take me to the dog park a lot. I'm in heaven when I get to run, fetch, wrestle, chase, and romp!

I like to chew, but I'm really good about only chewing dog toys. I did accidentally unstuff a toy the other day, but I was just having so much fun with the squeaker and all of a sudden I was covered in white fluff and my toy was silent :(

I am proud to say I haven't had a single accident in the house and last night I was given free reign with my foster brother while mom went out. Smart of her to try that when I was super tired because I was a really good boy and didn't move the whole time she was gone! I think she's going to try it again this week when she goes to work, so hopefully I'll be able to control myself and be a good boy, just knowing that something fun will happen as soon as she gets home.

I think I know the last question you have...how am I with young kids? and I think it depends...you see, I really like kids and try to have fun with them, and I'm not the least bit aggressive and I don't guard anything (those are the real deal-breakers if you ask me)...but I do have a couple of bad habits that I know I will overcome with all the direction, training and unconditional love you are going to give me...for now, I do jump when I'm excited, which can be a lot of the time, and I also "mouth" or "play bite", but I do it really softly so it never hurts anyone. Still, I know my forever family won't put up with that behavior so I'm ready and willing to learn to stop. Foster mom tells me I'm a quick learner and she can tell I'm trying my hardest to be a good boy.

So, there's my story. I'm not a perfect dog, but I am young and healthy and trainable and so, so loving, and also stunningly handsome, if I do say so myself! If you think you could be my perfect forever family, please email placement@ragom.org and ask to meet me. I have a feeling I'm going to find you very, very soon!!!

-- your future Riley-boo.

Mason (left) and me (Riley!)

Friday, September 15, 2006

What a FANTASTIC dog!!! Riley came to stay for a few days yesterday and has been 100% pure joy to have around. He is young and exuberant for sure, has lots of extra energy to burn, and needs some direction and training, but has all the makings for a wonderful family member!!! He met my neighbor's 18 month old grand-daughter this morning and was so great and gentle with her. She couldn't stop laughing at his sloppy wet kisses. He and my Golden boy Mason hit it off immediately, which is rare for Mason with other foster boys, in particular. They both love to wrestle and chase each other around the yard, and basically haven't stopped doing so. Riley is a natural retriever, and even brings the ball right back for more! He is also great about sharing toys with Mason and has shown no signs of resource guarding from dogs or humans. My only complaint is that the favorite toy right now is a very squeaky ball that just gets passed from dog to dog and never stops squeaking... :-)

We also took Riley for a long walk last night, and, not knowing his leash experience but knowing his energy level, I wasn't sure how it would go. We started off with a Gentle Leader, which I don't think he'd ever tried before and he just bucked and bucked and rubbed his head on the ground (like most dogs do the first time) but with a bit more persistance... so, once I saw blood (he had scraped his lip), we decided to give the flat collar a try. To my amazement, he walked like a pro! Not in a heel position, but with virtually NO pulling for over an hour walk, and the most amazing part... he was actually tired at the end! I'm so excited he will be able to do the RAGOM walk tomorrow at the picnic.

One note for potential adopters though... even though I can't say enough good things about Riley -- all of them true! -- he IS a big, strong, young, goofy, playful, jumpy, and sometimes mouthy, PUPPY! He is untrained, and although he has endless potential, he will need a family that is committed to providing him with the exercise he needs, and helping to channel his energy in a positive way. Training is a must, but I think he will be a quick learner.

Come meet this sweet, charmer of a Golden boy at the RAGOM picnic tomorrow!

Profile

8/28/06: This stellar young man is named Riley. He's approximately one year old and is the sweetest boy ever! Riley was found by a very nice family in Owatonna, Minnesota who took him under their wing and got him the veterinary care that he needed. They already have two dogs of their own, so to their dismay they could not keep him. I just want to say thank you to them for lending a helping hand to this wonderful pup--you did a great job with him!

Today Riley came to work with me and got all the remaining shots he needed, as well as heartworm preventative and a microchip. He will be neutered on Thursday. I will post another update letting everyone know how his surgery went!

Updates

Sunday, September 24, 2006

My Riley-boo has had a pretty busy week, and I think he just might have met his forever family today. Thanks to all the wonderful families who expressed interest in him, he truly is a gem! So as not to jinx anything, we'll wait to write about his new family until he is adopted, but for now, I just wanted to send a couple more pictures of Riley, the poor starving boy from the woods, enjoying the good life. Although I wasn't able to snap his favorite position, which involves lying across the head of the bed, up against the headboard, on his back with all 4 feet in the air. Silly boy.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Hello everyone, Riley here. I wanted to use all my renewed post-picnic energy to send a tremendous thank you to RAGOM and all the wonderful volunteers that put on such a spectacular event yesterday!!!!!

I can honestly say it was the best day I've had in a long time, maybe even ever! I met so many wonderful people and dogs, and even some families that were interested in meeting ME! Best of all, my plan worked -- I'm going to stay with my foster Mom and fur bro Mason until I find my forever home. Even though I heard the foster lady in South Dakota was super nice and had a great pack of playmates and even their very own lake (hmm, pretty tempting for a guy like me), and even though I met the nice transport ladies and I love to ride in the car, I decided I'm pretty happy where I am. All this bouncing around to new homes can take a toll on even a resilient young guy like me (not that I'm admitting it has... afterall, I'm a pretty adaptable happy-go-lucky kind of guy)... but nonetheless, I've decided that my next move will be my LAST one... yes I, Riley-boo, am ready to settle down and find my very own forever family (and the sooner the better, since foster mom is killing my macho image, and even has me calling myself her silly, cheesy pet names)!

So, that said, I want to give you the full scoop on me, my history, and what I'm looking for in my forever home. As you know, I was found in the woods by a good Samaritan family. I was just lying there all sad and sick, and I don't even remember how I got there... so the first 6+ months of my life is a mystery. This nice family helped me to get better and fed me a lot (thank goodness because I was pretty darn skinny!) and then they brought me to RAGOM in August.

I was adopted last week by a nice family with 2 young kids, and although I really like kids, I guess my manners need some work, and I might have been too much of a handful for them. I'm not gonna deny it, now that I'm healthy and happy and living the Golden life with RAGOM, I know that I deserve to have a family who accepts me for the wonderful big puppy that I am today, but is also willing to work with me to become an even better dog!

I do have a LOT of energy. Those of you who met me at the picnic yesterday didn't see my sporty, active side (unless you saw me down by the water, that is). I'll admit it, foster mom was actually successful in tiring me out after 2 days of long walks and play sessions with my foster brother, and then the fantastic picnic. But, even though I did crash hard last night and napped for most of this morning, I'm pretty much ready for a new adventure now. I think mom under-estimated me when she was emptying the dishwasher this afternoon and we were in the backyard on the patio, and when she looked away for a minute, I decided to surprise her by digging a couple of holes...I think the yard looks a lot better now. Hey, who can blame a guy for making himself useful?

OK, I seem to have a lot to say today (I'm normally not this vocal and hardly ever bark), but I better get down to telling you what I want in a family before you fall asleep -- or maybe that is the ultimate test for my new family...those that read through all of my rambling and take it all in, are the ones with the energy and stamina I'm looking for! Yeah, that's it.

So, a family with a big fenced in yard would be great. I don't think I'd be too happy on a tie-out since I like to move. My family will likely have a young, active fur sister or brother for me because, let's face it, unless you're a marathon runner, I guarantee I like to exercise more than you do. And I guess I could learn a thing or two about manners from having a fur sibling, too. So far I haven't met a dog I didn't like, so I hope you'll take me to the dog park a lot. I'm in heaven when I get to run, fetch, wrestle, chase, and romp!

I like to chew, but I'm really good about only chewing dog toys. I did accidentally unstuff a toy the other day, but I was just having so much fun with the squeaker and all of a sudden I was covered in white fluff and my toy was silent :(

I am proud to say I haven't had a single accident in the house and last night I was given free reign with my foster brother while mom went out. Smart of her to try that when I was super tired because I was a really good boy and didn't move the whole time she was gone! I think she's going to try it again this week when she goes to work, so hopefully I'll be able to control myself and be a good boy, just knowing that something fun will happen as soon as she gets home.

I think I know the last question you have...how am I with young kids? and I think it depends...you see, I really like kids and try to have fun with them, and I'm not the least bit aggressive and I don't guard anything (those are the real deal-breakers if you ask me)...but I do have a couple of bad habits that I know I will overcome with all the direction, training and unconditional love you are going to give me...for now, I do jump when I'm excited, which can be a lot of the time, and I also "mouth" or "play bite", but I do it really softly so it never hurts anyone. Still, I know my forever family won't put up with that behavior so I'm ready and willing to learn to stop. Foster mom tells me I'm a quick learner and she can tell I'm trying my hardest to be a good boy.

So, there's my story. I'm not a perfect dog, but I am young and healthy and trainable and so, so loving, and also stunningly handsome, if I do say so myself! If you think you could be my perfect forever family, please email placement@ragom.org and ask to meet me. I have a feeling I'm going to find you very, very soon!!!

-- your future Riley-boo.

Mason (left) and me (Riley!)

Friday, September 15, 2006

What a FANTASTIC dog!!! Riley came to stay for a few days yesterday and has been 100% pure joy to have around. He is young and exuberant for sure, has lots of extra energy to burn, and needs some direction and training, but has all the makings for a wonderful family member!!! He met my neighbor's 18 month old grand-daughter this morning and was so great and gentle with her. She couldn't stop laughing at his sloppy wet kisses. He and my Golden boy Mason hit it off immediately, which is rare for Mason with other foster boys, in particular. They both love to wrestle and chase each other around the yard, and basically haven't stopped doing so. Riley is a natural retriever, and even brings the ball right back for more! He is also great about sharing toys with Mason and has shown no signs of resource guarding from dogs or humans. My only complaint is that the favorite toy right now is a very squeaky ball that just gets passed from dog to dog and never stops squeaking... :-)

We also took Riley for a long walk last night, and, not knowing his leash experience but knowing his energy level, I wasn't sure how it would go. We started off with a Gentle Leader, which I don't think he'd ever tried before and he just bucked and bucked and rubbed his head on the ground (like most dogs do the first time) but with a bit more persistance... so, once I saw blood (he had scraped his lip), we decided to give the flat collar a try. To my amazement, he walked like a pro! Not in a heel position, but with virtually NO pulling for over an hour walk, and the most amazing part... he was actually tired at the end! I'm so excited he will be able to do the RAGOM walk tomorrow at the picnic.

One note for potential adopters though... even though I can't say enough good things about Riley -- all of them true! -- he IS a big, strong, young, goofy, playful, jumpy, and sometimes mouthy, PUPPY! He is untrained, and although he has endless potential, he will need a family that is committed to providing him with the exercise he needs, and helping to channel his energy in a positive way. Training is a must, but I think he will be a quick learner.

Come meet this sweet, charmer of a Golden boy at the RAGOM picnic tomorrow!