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The Life of Riley

3 Comments 02 May 2010

The Life of Riley

Riley is a 5-year-old mutt. If I had to guess his concoction of breeds, I’d say he is a Border Collie mixed with a Terrier mixed with a Pumpkin. That is, he has the alertness and body type of a Border Collie, the headstrong nature of a Terrier, and the orange color and attention span of a pumpkin.

He was rescued from the Humane Society in Longview, WA, where he was brought when his original owner died. He evidently was found cold and hungry, hunkering down in fright on a hard, urine-stained cement floor. I took one look and knew he was meant for me. When he barked non-stop for the entire 90 minute car ride home I began to question my intuition.

And then there’s the chewing.

He’s destroyed cell phones, shoes, CDs, candles, pillows, electrical cords, and more. My brother once gave me some cool coasters as a birthday present. They would have looked really nice in the living room on the coffee table, only Riley ate the coffee table so instead when I’m in that room I hold a coaster in my hand, along with my drink, and think about how after four years I can still say that adopting Riley was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Riley and I have worked through most of the chewing and barking issues we experienced when we first came into each others lives (though if my soccer cleat could talk it may tell a different story). For me, the joys of dog ownership far outweigh the inconveniences that sometimes occur, and I plan to share some of my stories on this blog.


- who has written 28 posts on Castor & Pollux Pet Works Blog.

Kate lives in Portland, OR and is an employee of Castor & Pollux Natural Petworks. She grew up surrounded by pets of all kinds, and currently has two rescue dogs- Riley and Sigh.

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  1. Matthew says:

    Hmm… I thought this entry might find it’s way into telling the infamous “sofa” story from about a year back. If you’re struggling with a title you can try “Dog Eats Sofa and Lives to Tell the Tale”.

    We have a similar thing with our cats. Our first one was rescued as a kitten from a southern Californian crazy cat lady’s house where scores of cats were underfed and neglected in a gigantic, filthy, house. Our second cat was rescued from a fraternity house that wasn’t taking good care of her either. It’s weird to think of what may have happened to them if my wife (who I hadn’t even met at the time) hadn’t stepped in and played the role of hero.

    Sometimes, we’re just up against some pretty destructive behavior when we pack our suitcases and head out for a few days or make an attempt to switch from their favorite brand of cat litter — but it’s totally worth it to have them around.

    Best napping buddies ever.

  2. GAKonopka says:

    He may have some Jack Russell in him and have tons of energy. Have you thought of putting him on a treadmill for 1/2 every day to run off some energy. That may help with the chewing. He may be chewing because he’s bored and full of energy.


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