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"
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"
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"
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"
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!!!