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Riley 14

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Entered: 06/30/2019
Status: On Hold
Age: 11
Color: Liver/White
Weight: 39 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Manor Park, NY
Health: UTD, HW-, Lyme -, gaining to a healthy weight, receiving medication for seizures which occur 1 to 2 times per month, deaf
Temperament: Reportedly good with people as young as one, good with other dogs, good with cats




Riley 14's Story . . .
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Update 10/14/2019: "Riley is an amazing dog with a kindness about him that is rare and unique!"   


Through no fault of his own, Riley returned to MAESSR’s care when his needs were not being met in his adoptive home.  

It took Riley a little while to bounce back to his old self upon returning to his foster home, but he’s now better than ever. There have been no seizures since his return, and he is regaining an appetite for a diet that’s essential for his health.

Riley is a super sweet boy that does not have a mean bone in his body! His needs are few, but in order to meet them his new home should understand and accept a few things about him:

First off, Riley LOVES people food and will consume it at any opportunity. Keeping it from him is imperative because Riley is epileptic and a change in food can cause him to have a seizure. On walks, which he loves, Riley is very strong and pulls on the leash. His new home should have a fenced yard so he can run and be himself and not be held back in his exercise. Also, Riley is 100% housetrained and sometimes needs to go out in the middle of the night. He will bark and continue to bark until he’s allowed to relieve himself in the proper location.

With that said, Riley is one of the sweetest and most deserving dogs that his foster mom has ever been blessed with in over 35 years of rescue. That’s quite an endorsement! He is great with dogs of all ages and sizes. He is great with cats, even if the cat is mean to him! Riley is great at the vet, being groomed, and with everyone he meets. In a nutshell, Riley is…great!

Riley is an amazing dog with a kindness about him that is rare and unique! Any home would be blessed to have him as part of their family.


Update 07/09/2019:  “This sweet boy, described as not having a mean bone in his body, was just fine with the kitties.”

After a little more time in his foster home, Riley’s foster parents tested him out with the resident cats. This sweet boy, described as not having a mean bone in his body, was just fine with the kitties.

Riley is feeling more confident in his foster home, too. He no longer follows his foster mom from room to room – no more tripping her up at every turn! His barking has improved, too, but he continues to be quite vocal at mealtime! He’s perfectly housetrained and the cool floor is where he prefers to sleep.

Since joining his foster family, Riley has had one very mild seizure. If one didn’t know what to look for, it could be missed; it lasted about 15 seconds.

Riley is a super sweet boy looking for that forever family to call his own. Senior Springers are the best…just ask Riley.

Original:  “Gentle and sweet through and through, Riley is getting along very well with the resident dogs and is completely housetrained.”

Riley became a MAESSR boy when his Pennsylvania family feared that their children could get hurt by accident while Riley was having a seizure. 

This sweet boy’s seizures began a year ago and he is now receiving medications to control them.  He only has seizures 1 to 2 times a month; otherwise, Riley is a healthy boy.  About ten pounds underweight, Riley is eating heartily three times a day so achieving a good weight should not be difficult.  As with many senior Springers, he no longer has his hearing but does quite well!  That made holiday fireworks a lot less stressful!

Riley went to the vet and was wonderful there.  He openly greeted staff and waiting owners and their dogs.  Riley let the veterinarian give him a full exam and take blood with no issues, even giving the vet a kiss while she was looking in his eyes.  His bloodwork was fine, his foster mom happily reports.  Based on his behavior at the vet, his foster mom feels he would be just as good with the groomer.

Gentle and sweet through and through, Riley is getting along very well with the resident dogs and is completely housetrained.  He barks to signal when he needs to go out.  Riley has not yet been loose with the resident cats but that should not be an issue based on what his foster mom has observed.

Riley was not allowed on the furniture in his previous home and even though his foster mom has invited him on the couch, Riley chooses to sleep on the floor or on a dog bed.  Riley has not been in a crate in many years nor would it be needed; he is not destructive in any way.  When his foster mom is home, Riley is loose in the house; when no one is home, he rests in a small room.  At bedtime Riley is allowed to sleep wherever he chooses in the house but usually sleeps on the dog bed in the master bedroom.  

So far, Riley isn’t interested in toys but he enjoys being in the yard with the resident dogs.  In the car Riley is a bit anxious but then settles down and goes to sleep. 

Riley’s foster mom is helping Riley brush up on leash walking skills and is teaching him that begging at the table is not appropriate nor is barking excessively.  Riley loves his humans and is learning not to bark when he can’t see or find them. 

This fine Springer boy would love a forever home with an active family that had a lot of time to spend with him.  He has lots of love to give!