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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Riley



Well, Mr. Riley has arrived on the scene and, yes, life has drastically changed for the next few weeks!  This little guy is a 4 1/2 pound loaded bundle of energy that doesn't stop!  But wow, is he ever cute.

Thank you to everyone who voted on his name last week.  Unfortunately, even though my husband, son, daughter and I had come up with the short list of names, when push came to shove we could not get a consensus (husband being quite obstinate!)  So as it turned out, we had to take a 2 hour drive to Cape Cod on Saturday, the day before we were to pick up the new pup and would need to have a name for it to be registered.  I was none too pleased that we could not agree (or more to the truth, one person couldn't agree with the rest of the group) so I copied off 12 pages of puppy names from the internet and with 3 of us confined in the car for a total of 4 hrs (and another on the phone) we went through every last name on the list. We would come to a few that were "okay", came up with another short list,  but when I came to the name Riley everyone's eyes lit up and we knew immediately that was the one.  It was a hard fought battle but in the end the name is perfect because I'm sure he will definitely live the life of Riley!!

Our older dog Trevor is not quite sure about Riley just yet.  Riley's exuberance is pretty overwhelming for him right now and although he is warming up a little, Trevor still bolts faster than I've ever seen him move when Riley runs up to him.  There have been a few growls too.  He's also not liking it too much when he sees the little one in his spot on mom's lap.  So there's a ways to go before they become "buddies" but I'm sure it will happen at some point.  In the meantime, this is a full time job keeping them both happy and making sure my furniture and shoes aren't getting chewed up! The little bugger... I sprayed the bottom of the furniture with Bitter Apple to keep him from chewing the fabric, so what does he do but gets down underneath and gets it from the back side!  Arghh!  He's no dummy.

There's definitely not much else is getting done these days.  I really need to get back up to my work area. Amazing how such a little thing can turn your life upside down.  But that's okay.  Puppies, like children, are only young once... I'm enjoying every minute of it!!


24 comments:

  1. What an adorable little guy! Love your photos!

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  2. I love your story about Riley; he is so adorable! This story reminded me of the arrival of my second child, we had still not come up with a name and decided in the car on the way to the hospital--too funny!

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  3. That is one cute puppy. I recently rescued a shitzu, and I'm having the same problem with my older dog, but they'll warm up to each other eventually. Don't know if you're interested, but a friend of mine who's dog had some behavior problems was advised by a dog trainer to place some coins in an empty soda can and shake it hard once during behavior you want to change. The dogs don't like the sound of the rattled coins. I've been using that technique on my dog who loves to charge people at the door. Now all I have to say is "do you want me to get my coins!" Best of luck with the new little one!

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  4. Awwww! I want one so bad! He's a perfect little puppy!

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  5. What a lovely puppy, and the name is perfect!!!

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  6. Welcome to your new home Riley! You're such a cutie.

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  7. He is adorable. Absolutely adorable!

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  8. Riley is soooooooo cute! I'm sure you are in love!

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  9. He is so CUTE! Riley is the perfect name for him! Don't let him near your work room. He'll chew on everything! LOL!

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  10. I just love puppy's he is super cute. Good luck with all the training.

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  11. Aw, I love that name! And I love that kind of dog. I want one!

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  12. Aw he's a cutie! Have fun with him!

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  13. ... the life of Riley! With such an adorable mug, that pup is bound to get the best of everything! Trevor will adjust soon enough :D

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  14. That is the cutest little thing, poor Trevor having to adjust. Kudos to you on having 2 inside dogs. We have 2 German Shepherds, one is almost 9 and so sweet (Maggie), then there is Nala, she is 2 and acts just like a 2 year old.....Need I say more???? LOL

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  15. uniquecozytreasures - Have fun with the little guy. He is so cute.

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  16. How absolutely precious!
    (RomanticThoughts on Etsy)

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  17. What an absolute cutie!! and I love the name!

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  18. cutest puppy ever!

    MadeJust4You
    theroyalfamily

    -Brandy

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