RILEY – Adopted December 2008

rileyHello!  I wanted to give you an update on my wonderful dog, Riley, who I adopted in December 2008.  I tell many people the story of finding Riley because it was so special: I went to the APS “just to look,” NOT to get a dog.  I purposefully went ten minutes before closing, so I couldn’t visit any dog;  I walked down the dog run, kept my hands to myself, and was very businesslike, thinking, “yes, I think I’ll be able to find a dog here someday.”  Ha!  The very next day I went back and said I needed to visit the black and white dog “half-way down on the right.”  He was on day three of a stray hold, so I couldn’t have a room visit, but Riley and I made a connection through the cage door and he was mine immediately.

Riley is the sweetest, gentlest, most loveable dog.  He is shy and quiet, scared of thunderstorms, and slow to wag his tail.  He makes me laugh routinely with his whispered howl (a very quiet sound like “whooooo.”)  He is tolerant of the children, loves sleeping curled up in his bed, and likes to stand in my way, so that I have to step around him.  He is my constant shadow, following me from room to room, and loves my other dog Daisy. 

I am so glad that I went to the APS that day, “just to look.”  Riley is my special friend, and I thank everyone who works or volunteers there for their role in my finding him.