The one, the only, RILEY.
Yes, he’s adorable. But those who know and love him get most tickled by his dinner plate, which gets almost as many comments as his adorableness. In real life, that is. But today, you have the rare opportunity to comment on His Royal Highness’ mealtime ritual even if you haven’t had the honor of meeting him in real life. (You’ll also know exactly how wise God was to not give me children.)
I’ll say no more. Just watch. And be sure to have your volume on. Because he and I are conversing.
Seriously. There is NOTHING more serious than his mealtime. Just ask him.
And then return for the rest of the story.
You probably figured out:
1. Presentation is everything. Riley likes the pop of colors against a white plate.
2. And that IS a plate, not a dog food bowl.
3. He does not like his food to be combined because he has a specific order in which he eats his meal.
4. He loves vegetables. Dr. Stephanie wants him to lose a few lbs. so Wellness kibble is now a treat, not part of his meal. But green beans are one of his favorites and carrots provide the crunch. The dog food is Natural Balance. The chicken is boiled to remove the fat and since he’s got the taste for it, it’s much easier to get him to eat it when he has the rare digestive symptom and must restrict his diet.
5.Oh, he lost 1.5 lbs the first two months and now weighs 10.6. He needs to be about 9.5.
I guess you see that he runs the show. Stacy, I know you are reading this but it’s nothing you don’t already know as his trainer.
Speaking of training, the very best training advice I ever got was from Stacy. I’d spent years trying to train the bark out of him. And then she said to me:
“He is who he is. Excitement goes to barking for him. That’s who he is.”
Which saved me much frustration. And, it turns out, his barking has improved.
Carrots are saved for last.
Before his diet, carrots would be saved for later. But now, he eats them at mealtime.
Riley is what used to be called “a good eater.”
“Can I have seconds?”
He licks his plate clean.
And then, the look.
Feel free to comment on our feeding habits. I can take it.