I mentioned that I was headed off at the end of last week to attend a conference for pet bloggers. The event was super pet friendly and tons of people brought their dogs, cats, ferrets – I even saw a guinea pig! I was amazed at how well behaved every single animal was. Not once did I hear or see any interaction that was less than downright friendly (seriously, we need to model after our pets, people!!).
Since the conference was about 5 miles from my house I decided I had to bring Riley Chicken, but knew that there was no way he’d be happy to sit quietly during the speaker sessions. Each afternoon after the session were over, I’d run home and pick up the Chicken.
Now, several of you know that Riley Chicken, while he is the sweetest, softest and most gentle soul on the planet, is also lacking in a good foundation of social skills. It isn’t his fault. The poor kid had a rough and isolated start in life by spending way too much time in a crate because his first family didn’t want to deal with a rambunctious puppy. When he came to me at slightly over a year of age, Riley had no outside world knowledge. Other dogs were weird. Noises were scary. Going to PetSmart just about caused a total meltdown. Simply put, every experience was a new one.
Two years later, Riley Chicken is able to attend a chaotic conference with all manner of people in various states of sobriety and enough dogs to hold a majors show. He was the perfect gentleman and a wonderful ambassador for the Tigertail Foods team. He shows me everyday how resilient dogs can be when we give them a chance to be who they are meant to be.
Watch as he makes friends with Ryan, a tiny Chihuahua who thought that Riley Chicken should just stay put (message sent through a well timed nose bop).
I am so proud of my boy. He was quite he superstar . . . everyone’s heads turned to watch Riley.
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