Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My first post

My name is Riley and I am a three year old Golden Retriever who has never blogged before. My name was chosen before my new family met me, because even though they live in New Zealand, they both have an Irish heritage and living the "Life of Riley" is a saying that refers to living a good, easy and happy life - and that's what they wanted to give me.

This is the story of my life, and since this is my first post I thought I would start at the beginning.

I was born on the 24th of September 2006, and this is the first photo they ever saw of me. They had it on their fridge to look every day for two weeks until they finally came to get me when I was eight weeks old.

That's me on the right (when I was six weeks old)
with one of my brothers and my sister.

 This is the first time I saw them - they were so excited, but I was pretty laid back!

I had a play with some of my family, and they spent some time with my family and my breeder, and then we were off on our big road trip.

It was a four hour drive to my new home
so I caught up on some sleep.

When we got home the frist thing I did was dig in their garden... but then after giving me some food and letting me run round outside some more, they showed my my new bedroom which was actually part of their laundry and their back deck. 
It wasn't quite what I was expecting so I did some redecorating!

Then I got to play outside some more..

Chew on some grass and comtemplate my big day

and then pose for another photo.

Since then I have had lots of adventures which bit by bit (if I can figure this blogging thing out and find some time to write) I will try to tell you about.

Bye for now,


MAX said...

Dearest, dearest Riley!
...and Greetings from South Africa!
I can't tell you how excited I am to have my cyber-buddy finally blogging! Congrats on taking this first step and getting your Mom in line!
Your pictures are absolutely adorable! you were such a cute pup' and I know that your forever home is a super one!
We are so looking forward to following you. Just blog when you can AND ENJOY the experience.
Send my love to the Kiwis

Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! said...

Hi Riley! It's so nice to meet you! Max told us all about you on his blog so we came over to check you out. What an excellent first post! So many great pictures, and what an adorable pup you were. My favorite? The one at the top of your blog. How perfect!
We are looking forward to seeing your life in stories and pictures. You're doing great!

Your new friend,

Angus said...

Came across you when reading Max's Adventures. The flying dog caption photo is simply awesome!

Cocorue said...

Hello there Riley,

Warm greetings from Malaysia and we just came over from our good furiend's Max's blog to welcome you

You ARE gorgeous and we love that pic!!!

Come by when you can
CoCo and Tiffy

The Thundering Herd said...

I am suspecting that you will receive more comments on your first post than most of us did (most of us received, er, zero) thanks to that wonderful Max. But so glad to discover you so quickly. Your header is a riot and we, as always, love puppy pictures.

Looking forward to learning more about you in the coming days.

Mango said...

Hey! Max sent me over to meet you! I like your totally blond furs a lot. Glad to see you survived your puppy hood to turn into a grand dog. Great first post! Blog on!


kks said...

Riley!! you are so gorgeous! the header picture looks like my golden Tahoe, rarely are her 4 feet on the ground!
welcome to the bogging world...you will love it...and i look forward to seeing all of Rileys antics!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Riley! I can't believe you started your own blog and didn't come to tell me! I only just found out from Max's blog. Am insulted!! :-)

Anyway, so glad you're joining us in cyber-space - haven't heard from you in a while and was wondering how you've been!

Honey the Great Dane

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Hi Riley,

We love your header picture and it sure looks like you have the "life of Riley". Welcome to bloglandia.

Please come by an visit us if you get a chance - we live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virgina. And we have puppies now!!

The Rocky Creek Gang

Malissa said...

Such a beautiful boy! Love the header, I have seen that myself a few times. Looking forward to reading more about you.

houndstooth said...

Hello Riley!

Your cuteness is almost overwhelming! It's great to meet you!


Madi and Mom said...

Hi Riley!!! What a handsome fellow you are too and having peoples with Irish heritage...this is your month!!! We read about you on Max's blog. Mom only found Max's blog a month or so ago. We wanted to drop by to say hi and WELCOME to blogging the bloggers are a find bunch of people. We are pleased to be able to post on your first blog. We started blogging in June 2009 and like you we were not at all cyber savvy!!!
We learn each day. As you can see I'm a kitty. The first blog I ever read was Dog Daze (3 labs)...I quickly joined up with lots and lots of puppy lovers and gradually found
that kitty's blog too!!! Who knew???
We'll be back and remember just have fun!!
Madi and Mom

Sheila and Bob said...

Max Dog sent us here, we are two Golden's who love life and who try to uphold the wonderful Golden tradition as best as we can.
We enjoy seeing what other Golden's all over the world are doing, we look forward to reading about you every day.
Our Mom & Dad Sheila & Bob have had Golden's for 35 tears and truly love the breed. We are their 5th & 6th and Sophie is the first Rescue we have ever had, but will not be the last.
So nice to meet you.

Hamish & Rescue Sophie

dewdana said...

Welcome! You do look a bit like max as a puppy. Nice to meet you and we look forward to hearing more from you!

Heather and Ellie said...

Hello Riley! Welcome to blogging. What great pictures those are! You were such an adorable puppy.
We found your blog through Maxdog's and we are glad we did! We'll certainly be following your adventures.
Again, welcome, and it looks like you'll be receiving a lot of support. It is rare to get so many comments on a first post, but thanks to Maxdog you have that honor :)

Heather (trainer) and Ellie (dog)

Stella said...

Hello Riley!

Your header picture is just smashing! I love it! Max told us about you this morning and I am happy to welcome you to the world of Dogs who Blog. We have a great time and love looking after each other.

Stop by my blog if you find time and lets get to be friends!


Piappies World said...

Greetings, Riley!

Welcome to the bloggie land. Max did invite us to hop over here and we are happy we did. You are such an adorable pup and from the looks of it, you got lots of fun adventures to share.

We are also relatively new to blogging so it would be great to learn with you as we go along.

We hope you can visit us in our world and follow each other to be better friends, alright?

Your flying photo is amazing. Would you teach Frappie how to do that please?

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar & the Piappies

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Riley! welcome to the wonderful world of dog blogging! We are so pleased to meet woo! we echo what "the herd" said above! Thanks to Max Dog wooo will get a great head start! Enjoy!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

KB said...

I love the puppy photos and the story of meeting your family! My dog, K, tried to hide behind a washing machine when she first saw me... Fortunately, she eventually learned to like me. Your laid-back greeting was definitely better than the one that I got!

We look forward to hearing about your adventures!


Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Hi Riley

We were sent over by Max, so nice to meet you. Love your header picture, we get like that when we run in the snow. We hope you stick with blogging, we will be back to visit again.

Tucker and Daisy

Dory and the Mama said...

What a wonderful family you found Riley, and looks like than found a great furkid in you!! We can't wait to read more about you!

Welcome to bloggieland from Texas!!


ButterBean said...

Hiya Riley! Glad to meet you! Max had some great things to say about you. Hope you dont mind a cat following your blog.

Ina in Alaska said...

Hello Riley from the great state of Alaska! We enjoyed your post and your pictures, looks like you will make many new friends due to our friend MAXDOG! Lots of licks, Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle in Anchorage, Alaska PEE ESS The Iditarod will begin this Saturday, with dogs racing from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska!

KT and Lady said...

Greetings from the U.S. We are big fans of Max's and saw your new Golden blog. Thought we would stop by and say HI. Look forward to reading about "The life of Riley". One of our favorite subjects. Lady just nudged my arm to remind me to tell Riley how much she loves the big Golden boys. OK, OK, stop...I told him.

Your new fans,

KT and Lady

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


What khuteness!

ANYWAY, yes: Max sent me too!

Welkhome welkhome welkhome!

Woo are about to have more fun than woo evFUR dreamed of!

Please khome by my khorner sometime!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Jacqueline said...

Welcome to the blogging world, Riley!!...We are friends of Max and wanted to stop by to say hi and follow you on your new journey...You are an adorable baby with such a sweet face!...We are new bloggers too (we started the middle of January) and we have really enjoyed it, especially meeting new friends like you!...Have a great week!...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Kea said...

Hi Riley!

We're coming to you from Max's blog and we are one human and three cats in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Welcome to cyber space! You'll be hooked and swamped with followers in no time at all, especially with Max's recommendation. :-)

Please tell your humans that your header photo is SPECTACULAR!

-Kim, with Annie, Nicki and Derry at Fuzzy Tales

Samantha said...

Max sent us over and we are so glad to meet you! What a great no. 1 post!!! That header photo is just amazing - such joyous energy! I'm adding you to my "blogs that I follow" if that's okay, and look forward to sharing our lifes in the future! You sure were a cute pup and we are about the same age and I'm a golden too, but a rescue, so don't know the EXACT date of my birth, but we're close!
Bug Hugs and nice to know you!
xo Sammie

Twinkietinydog said...

Guess who sent me here :) A certain South African buddy, you got it. Nice to meet you Riley and congratulations on your new blog. May you love this experience as much as we love it too.

MurphyDog said...

Wow Riley! I love love love your title picture! I dint know Golden Retrievers could FLY!!!

Congratulations on your first bloggy post. I'm sure there will be many more to come and me & Mom look forward to reading about your adventures!

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Maggie and Mitch said...

Hi Riley!
We're friends of Max's! We just love your action header shot! What a handsome boy you are!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mochi and Mommy said...

Hi Riley! We just came from Max's blog. You are such a cutie! I love your header! That is such a great picture! :)


Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Riley! We also came over from Max's blog! It is very nice to meet you - we hope you don't mind some kitties following you - we love doggies! You were a very cute puppy! We can't wait to read more about you!!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

Hello Riley! We too are visitors from MaxDog's blo. We are delighted to meet you, and wish you much fun blogging. I am a 2-year old English Springer Spaniel who lives in the French countryside with four Abyssinian cats and our #1.

Tommy (and the kitties of The Poupounette)

sprinkles said...

Welcome to the bloggy world! Stopping by via Max's blog. I really enjoyed seeing your puppy pictures and am looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.

I have 2 little chihuahuas that I write about from time to time.

Mrs. JP said...

Oh, you do have the life of Riley!!! And who could resist your charms.
By the way you owe MAX big time. It took a month before we got comments but I'm glad we found you. We'll be looking for more cute, cute pictures of you!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Hi, Riley, we too came over from Max's blog to meet you. What a cute puppy you were. We look forward to reading more about you in the future.

Clive said...

Hi Riley

We've dropped over from Max's blog to say 'Hello' or as gaeilge - 'Dia Dhuit'!

We love your header photo and we look forward to following your adventures!

Drop over to us sometime ...

Slán agus beannacht
Clive and Murray (aka the NSLM) in Ireland

the booker man said...

greetings, riley!!!
we followed mr. max's order and came right on over to visit. :) welcome to the bloggie world! you are off to a most awesome start...mama and i love all your puppyhood pictures!
the booker man

Anonymous said...

I'm forced to be repetitive... your flying picture up top is amazing!!!

Welcome to the world of dog blogs!

Commander Tank, OWAS Army (currently inactive)

meowmeowmans said...

Hi Riley!

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! You sure are a cutie pie! Max told us all about your blog, so we thought we'd come over and introduce ourselves. Looking forward to reading about your adventures. :)

Your friends at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life

Anonymous said...

Hi Riley! The Most Wonderful Max told me about your blog so I wanted to pop over and say hello! I'm pretty new at this whole blogging thing, too, so maybe we can learns together. I think you're Most Handsome and I'm very much looking forward to getting to know you better.

Wiggles & Wags,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Riley!
Nice to meet you!
Max told us about your blog and I wanted to come and say hello!
I am sure it is going to be very interesting to know about your adventures!
Kisses and hugs

ocmist said...

Wow! Congratulations on your first blog! You got almost ALL the big name dogs I know! AND over 40 comments on a first blog... PAWSOME!!! I'll bet that is totally a record for blogging!

Max is a wonderful friend, and he really started you off right. Shoot, we've been blogging over a year and only have worked up to 15 comments at the most! We will be happy, to get to know you better through your coming posts. We love the action shot in your header, too!!! Enjoy the blogging world. It's a great way to make friends! Linda and the Corgi Country Crew

ScrapsofMe said...

Hi Riley! Love yer header photo! You must have some cracker dog insane terrier genes in there somewhere, that's a great look! I came over from Max's bloggie to say hi and let you know I will be following your bloggie. I hope to see more of you as time goes by. I live on the west coast of Florida just south of Tampa. We have tropical weather most of the time, but we've had an unusally long and cold winter this year. Must be that Glow Ball Worming everyone keeps talking about!

Bonnie the wee Scottie

Rachel said...

Aren't you just precious?! I have a pack of 3 dogs, 2 horses and a mini mule! I write a little blog that is everything about dogs... www.rachelsdoggielife.blogspot.com Come by for a visit sometime, it's great getting to know you!

Ginger Jasper said...

Hello Riley.. I am a kitty friend of Max and came to say hello. You are a cute woofie and hope we can be friends.. Hugs GJ xx

Deborah said...

Your very cute and I do love your name. I always use that term for my pack, they DO have the life of Riley!

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Riley,
Welcome aboard, mate. It's a pleasure to meet you. Any buddy of the Max Dog is a buddy of ours. We look forward to following your posts.
- Homer J., Jubal, J.E.B., Sophie, Shelby Belle, Jack, Abby, Max, Shiloh, Radar, Alex, Boru, and Jenny = The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties (TBH&K)