The Uneventful Life of Riley
She is the middle child. Kindergarten flunky. Neighbors nicknamed her the devil dog. Two personal trainers later, Riley still cannot walk on a leash. This dog loves to ride and so she will ride. I will only go so far with my pups when it comes to training behavior. I take full accountability. Riley never liked to be held as a pup which was heartbreaking to me. I expected her to be just like her half sister Bailey who I will talk about next. She was the complete opposite. She was a nipper too. I tried so hard to get her to conform to what I wanted in a pup and what I have always managed to do with my other dogs. I felt guilty for not walking her until one trainer told me that leash walking is not mandatory for a dog’s well being as long as they get healthy play, that is all they need. We have a big yard and Riley plays hard so I felt better about that.
Now here we are almost four years later and I have one of the sweetest dogs on the planet who loves to be held, loves to snuggle and loves to be by your side. I think just letting her be was what she needed. So while the other dogs get a walk, she will wait her turn until the harness is on and the car door opens. She has to ride shotgun, never in the back. I crank the music and put the window down and we just drive through the countryside. Ears are flapping and a look of pure joy is on her face. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I am always on the hunt for dog trophies. Below is a sweet one from Jersey.
My attempt at watercolor of Riley
Below is a dog show ribbon from 1923. It was a little tattered but framing it did the trick!