Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Job of Blog Mascot Has Gone to His Head

I know sometimes you all think I exaggerate these stories about this crazy pup named Riley. Let me assure you, I don't. And right here I have both photographic evidence as well as three witnesses to back up my claims. For this demonstration, I've used my friend Susie to show you how well Riley trains humans.

Step 1: "The Please"IMG_0663

Now, I have explained to you all before that this dog has trained me and not the other way around. He puts his paws together and starts moving his arms up and down, and the response is Pavlovian. It's his way of saying "Please," and our Pavlov response is to reach out and scratch his chest.

Step 2: "The Scratch"IMG_0664

You notice how Riley goes into a laid back position well before Susie even responds? It's because he knows how easily and thoroughly we humans are all influenced. Yes. He leans back with the assumption of a chest rub, and he is quickly proven right as Suz gives into his demands.

Step 3: "The Pose"IMG_0665

Upon hearing the camera clicking on the second shot, he realizes that the pesky paparazzi is following him again. Never one to disappoint a fan, he pushes away Susie's hands, turns and looks at me and holds that exact position until I turn the camera back on and get the shot he is going for. He is nothing if not dedicated to his work.

Step 4: "Reward for Services Rendered"IMG_0654 

Of course, once the last photo was taken he hopped off of Susie's lap and came over to me, waiting patiently for the Cheerio he knew he had earned for holding so still and posing so gracefully. And, being the well-trained owner I am, I obliged and he was paid in full.

I'm afraid I am going to have to nip in the bud this whole underage drinking thing he's attempting before it gets started, though. I don't want him to be one more statistic in this crazy world of young dog celebrities. I mean, a girl's gotta draw the line somewhere, right?

Friendly reminder to all you humans and dogs alike: Have fun! Enjoy yourselves! Ring in the New Year! NO drinking and driving ever, but especially not tonight on New Year's Eve. Thus ends this public service announcement on behalf of Blog Mascots everywhere.

Tomorrow's post... all about resolutions (or lack thereof)! 

Have a great New Year!!!  Party


  1. happy new year, gitzy friend. and your dog cracks me up!

  2. Happy New Year to you and Riley!

  3. I love that pup! Really keep the pictures coming. That pup has Presence!!!
    Love to you today and I give a loud AMEN to being safe tonight...

  4. So, um...seriously. I have the two stupidest dogs on the planet. How did you manage to get the one perfect one? Seriously. I am so jealous. Your dog rocks.-Kristiapplesauce

  5. I wouldn't have Riley any other way!
    No drinking or driving for us...Chinese talk out, Sparkling Cider, TV, and Sweet Talk!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Maybe I need to buy a box of Cheerios...LOL

    Wishing you a wonderful New Year.

  7. I'm a little sad. I was convinced that only Presley was capable of the paw batting thing where he demands belly rubs. Oh well, I guess there are two of them. But the only time I have been able to get him to sit still for a photo is when he's sitting in front of something demanding it.

  8. I thought you were the Riley's mascot?

    I haven't had any alcohol in my condo since I have retired. It took diabetes to wake me up.

    (ant-alcohol rant) Any parent who drinks in front of their children then tells them not to take drugs is a hypocrite.

    Have a great New Year and may 2009bring you great joy and love.

  9. Amazing dog!

    I believe you are not exaggerating. That dog is a wonder!

    Happy New Year, Gitz!

  10. Greetings from Illinois. I ran across your spot thru another site. Your pooch is super cute. After reading your story "in a nutshell" I commend you on your outlook. You are an inspiration. Blessings to you in 2009. Susan

  11. Hey Gitz,

    Oh that is one clever pup! Just look at those adorable pictures. I completely agree, he is posing! I am trying to decide which one of you has the most personality, I think it may be a toss-up! I think the two of you were made for each other : ) Here's to no resolutions for tomorrow and a healthy and safe New Year's Eve!

  12. Happy New Year to you and Riley, Sara, with many blessings to boot!

    With love from Dave (who's partyin' hard by sleeping on the couch right now) and me.

  13. what a great human owner you have!

    my dog.


    that is all.

  14. How did I miss this cute post???

    Riley's afghan looks nice on film!!

    Riley is just so cute.

    Happy New Year Sara.