Thursday, November 18, 2010

You got me and I got you

Today is four years to the day since my family got me, so here are four photos to show you how I’ve grown since the 18th of November 2006. 

The first photo was taken during my four hour car ride home (when I was eight weeks old). Dad went slightly mad with his power tools cutting air holes out of the side of this temporary box (there was never going to be a lid on it), but I didn’t spend much time in this box as I was happiest sleeping curled up on mum’s lap while dad drove the car.

Here I am in the same box when I was six months old, during my long legged skinny phase. I didn't have my Golden Retriever tail feathers yet.

Then exactly one year from the day that they got me I'm posing for a photo in the same box – much bigger, furrier and four times the weight that I was in my first photo! I was too big to curl up, so had to stand instead.

You can see recent photos of me, in my posts below, showing what I look like now. I don't think I have changed much since November 2007. Can you see any differences?

My family are so happy they got me four years ago. They believe that they got the best puppy in the world, even though we all know that there are lots of you out there that also got the best puppy (or kitten or human) ever on your own Gotcha days.

I'm really happy I got them too.



Sheila and Bob said...

Happy Gotcha Day, that box has not kept up with you growing.
You are a very handsome Golden.
BOL about your box with holes that you came home in (never going to have a top) guess you got plenty of air.

Hamish & Sophie

The Thundering Herd said...

Happy Gotcha Day!

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Hey there dear friends,
Thank you so much for posting these pictures and Happy Gotcha day to you!!!
(I must say, I am most impressed with hubby's power tool prowess, LOL!)
I just love seeing the transition of Riley to the magnificently handsome doggie he is today...thank you for showing us!
We are in that 'long-legged', bungly stage here at the moment and I was thrilled to see similarities between Toby and Riley. (You could probably draw better comparisons)
The time goes so fast, doesn't it?!
Sending lotsaluv

MAXMOM IN SA said...

ps...TWO sets of peep-holes in the last box...???...BOL!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Happy gotcha day, Riley! You sure were the most adorable pup!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

the booker man said...

happy 4th gotcha day, riley!!!
i don't think you look a day over 1 either!
me and asa and mama got the giggles over all the "air holes" your daddy cut into your box. heehee. :)

the booker man

Piappies World said...

Happy 4th year Gotcha day Riley!

We love your photos and how you have outgrown the box. You sure look more handsome as the years pass by.

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

Mrs. JP said...

I love the photo journey! Riley is a cute, cutie and I always enjoy opening your blog and seeing him "flying" at me. Happy 4 years and many more to you all.

sprinkles said...

I love the comparison pictures of you as a puppy and what you look like now.

Your dad did a great job with the airholes.

Happy GOTCHA day, Riley!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'll just repeat my comment from the last time I visited you and say what a handsome and beautiful Golden you've grown into! I forget how cute and precious puppies are because you grow so fast!!

I hope you've had a good week!!

Mango said...

Happy day! I am sure you have changed their lives forever.


Anonymous said...

The box pics are great -- giving full perspective on just how big you've gotten. And you'll have to forgive your Dad for going over board with the box -- once we guys get started using our power tools, it's tough to get us to quit...!
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Cocorue said...

do come over for your award


Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, what a lovely post, Riley! And how clever of your humans to keep that box so they could have a comparison! I've seen other doggies do it with a ball or stuffie. My humans never thought of doing that with me...although it's pretty obvious I grew a lot - ha! ha!

Honey the Great Dane

Sierra Rose said...

Yay! We're happy too! You have a most wonderful forever home forever! Happy Gotcha Day :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Jacqueline said...

Happy Belated Gotcha Day, beautiful Riley!...We love the box photos; it's really cool to be able to compare the stages of your growth!...We are so glad you found such a loving home...We are very sorry to hear about the terrible miner tragedy; our sincere condolances...Kisses, sweet friend...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Casper Bear said...

Another Belated Happy Gotcha Day Riley!The pics are Greeaaat!
Lotsa Licks
Casper Bear

Homer said...

Hey Riley,

What's your email address? I want to send you a card. You can email your address to -


ros said...

Happy Gotcha Day Riley. You where the most adorable puppy ever. From Angus and Milo