Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Welcome to Riley


Real life has interfered with blogging recently, but I have been remiss in not posting about our newest family member! Sweet Amie had been gone about a month when I realized I really wanted another dog. We wanted another older heeler, and thanks to Petfinder.com we headed off to Cajun country (Lafayette, LA) a week and a half ago, and came back with this fine gentleman!

Riley (who looks a bit timid in this photo because he is afraid of cameras) is about eight years old, and limps because of an old injury to his left back leg. But when he wants to run, he picks up that foot and takes off like a rocket on the other three feet! He loves people, other dogs, dinner, walks, and lots of attention. He is not fond of cats and was very proud of himself when he chased one out of our backyard the day after his arrival. He has been very well-behaved in the house, and seems happy to be with us.

The rescue group had called him Felix, but we decided that he needed a Cajun name in honor of his origins. We discussed and rejected Boudreaux, Thibodeaux, Gumbo, Boudin, Gator, Zydeco...I started thinking of Cajun and zydeco musicians. When I got to the great Steve Riley, frontman of the Mamou Playboys, we decided Riley was an excellent name for a boy dog!

My mother-in-law's dogs, Otto and Cody, are staying with us while she recovers from a recent surgery. Riley lived with six other dogs in his foster home (can you imagine?) and seems glad to have them around. But I agree with the Scientist: "This is a little too much dog!" More pictures soon, I hope.

15 comments:

Mompriest said...

Oh yay!!! Welcome to Riley and a fun house of dogs...but I agree, when we had three it was too much dog.

ElastiGirl said...

that pack mentality can really take over the house with three there. Riley is indeed a handsome fella

Songbird said...

So glad to see him!

Presbyterian Gal said...

Riley is awesome. And I'll bet you will have a long and happy association!!!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Oh Riley you have found yourself a great forever home!!!

1-4 Grace said...

Welcoem Riley!!!
We are glad you are here.
Melech, Mia, Mugsy and Madelyn

Rev Kim said...

Well, isn't he handsome? So glad that you have a new addition! Newman and Redford are wagging their tails and woofing mightily in approval! Newman says that any dog that would chase a cat out of the yard is all right by him.

Quotidian Grace said...

Beatrice and Olivia send their congratulations to Riley for being adopted into your awesome home! What a doll!

DogBlogger said...

:-)

chartreuseova said...

I'm not familiar with Steve Riley, but he sure looks like a Riley to me. Congratulations.

Deb said...

Awwwww sweet Riley! Thanks for the picture. He does look a little shy. <3

revkjarla said...

He is adorable. I love your description of his personality and what he does. Congratulations to you all and to Riley!
yay!

Rev SS said...

Yay! So happy for all of you!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Welcome to Riley. Smokey sends slurps to the new blog dog!

Diane said...

Scout and us send wags and pets! Congrats on your new addition!