Thursday, April 01, 2010

A Page in the Life of Riley

I profusely apologize for the mess. My dog Riley somehow hacked into Musings of a Bookish Kitty Dog and has taken over. He asked (more like growled and threatened to nip me if I didn't agree) if I would spotlight him here on my Page in the Life feature, so here we are.

Despite his rather heavy handed way of entering the blogging world, Riley is a sweetheart in every sense of the word. He has a boundless energy, which he clearly did not inherit from me. He is a people person, loves to play, and is a faithful companion. He has brought much joy into my life and reminded me many times over that life cannot be all about work. There's always time for a game of fetch or a little tug-of-war. And next to my husband, he's the best hugger around.

Please welcome Riley to Musings of a Bookish Kitty Dog!

Literary Feline: So, Riley, how do you like to start off your morning?

Riley: I like to wake up very early in the morning, before anyone else, and patrol our home. Then I finish all of my food so that my humans will give me more. Then I go back to bed until my female human wakes up. I follow her around the house in case she wants to play fetch. If she doesn't get up early, then I get in bed with my pack and wait for everyone to wake up together.

Literary Feline: How did you get started blogging about books?

Riley: My humans have so much fun, I wanted to give it a try. I want to be a good dog and blog just like them. The hardest part was making the new pictures. Playing with a mouse is a cat's job, not for a dog like me. Computers would be so much better if they had balls that squeak when you bite them.

Literary Feline: That would be, um, interesting. Moving on, how has blogging impacted your reading? If so, how?

Riley: I just started blogging today, so I'll have to let you know later! Maybe after I run around the backyard first.

Literary Feline: I am sorry to drag you back in the house so soon after that little break to play ball, but my arm's tired. Let's get back to the interview, shall we? Besides reading and books, what are some of your other interests, hobbies or passions?

Riley: I like to run and chew things and sniff everything and bark at cats and dig and look at people outside and squeak my fuzzy bone. And ball! I like ball! We should play ball right now!

Literary Feline: We were just out playing ball. Maybe after I get home from work, okay? Back to the topic at hand . . . Do you have any reading routines, rituals or habits?

Riley: My favorite place to read is on my pack's bed. When my female human is reading, I like to lean up against her and look at the words. Sometimes she reads to me and I like that very much. It is very comfortable. It must be comfortable for her too because she usually puts her book down and naps with me. That's the best kind of reading.

Literary Feline: I could use a nap right about now, actually.

How do you pull yourself out of a reading or blogging slump or what steps do you take to avoid that from happening?

Riley: I haven't had a reading or blogging slump because I'm a good dog. But if I did, I would give my fuzzy bone to a human and let them throw it for me. You should try it some time. It's so much fun!

Literary Feline: I think I'll stick to being the one to throw the bone to you. Okay, now for the quick round. Are you ready? On the spot (You have only 20 seconds to answer each of these questions):

Book you'd most like to be trapped with in a broken elevator for several hours: I don't know what an elevator is, but trapped doesn't sound fun at all. Maybe a book that would help me dig myself out of the elevator.

It's storming outside, you're alone in the house, and the electricity has gone out; what book do you turn to pass the time? When I was younger, I really enjoyed Home Remedies For Dogs And Cats because the pages were soft and chewy. My humans told me I was a bad dog for eating books, so I stay away from them when I'm alone. Also, it's too much fun chasing the cats around the house during a storm. Cats are so silly.

The storm has passed and it's a beautiful day outside. The temperature is just right. Will you read outside or inside? Outside, outside, outside, outside! Outside is the best ever. Also, I like inside.

You're picnicking by the lake and have an hour to yourself while the family is off exploring. What book did you bring with you to read? There is a picnic and a lake and exploring and you want to read a book? I can't think of any books that are better than all that.

Name one book I absolutely must read at some point in my life: Because all of the books that I have read are the books that you read to me, I had to ask my pack leader. He said to tell you The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I like wind so that sounds good to me too.

Literary Feline: Thank you, Riley, for making letting me interview you today!

Riley: Thanks so much for asking me questions! That was as much fun as playing fetch. I have a fuzzy bone right here if you want to play fetch now. Here, I'll put it in your lap.

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  1. This was so much fun! Riley is adorable! What breed is he/she?

  2. Riley is a cutie! Happy National Poetry Month!

  3. Riley's having a lot of fun on your blog! Thanks for giving me laughs this morning.

  4. LOL, Wendy - that was very funny and creative. Riley sounds like he would have a great time with Raven who also never tires of ball!!

  5. Happy April Fool's Day to you and Riley, Wendy! It was fun to see that your blog has gone to the dogs today :-).

  6. My favourite thing about this post was seeing how much fun you were obviously having writing it :D

  7. Awww.. that is so cute!! I loved it!

  8. Riley, if you lived closer to my house you could come over and play with my dog, Bentley. I'm pretty sure you guys would get along great!!

  9. That sure was nice of Riley to play along but I'm thinking the feline contingent may not be happy with the way he's taking over.

  10. That was a terrific post Wendy and Riley! Riley you sound like you're a handful just like Buddy. One track mind - food and playing ball. lol.

  11. Great interview, Riley! Dogs are the best. ^__^

  12. SO clever, Wendy! I love the "voice" you gave Riley :)

  13. Riley made you do this interview? LOL! He's very cute and very intelligent. A dog that blogs! Wow!

    Hello, Riley... I like the way your humans interact with you. I really like being friends with your female human. She's great!

  14. It's so much fun reading this interview with Riley, Wendy! :) I'm hoping you'll have an interview with Anya next? ;)

  15. Dear Riley: "dog drool and cats rule"!!! from Bandit the cat in Canada (nah nah too far away for you to chase me!) *** note to Wendy: my human says that Riley is very cute, but sounds exhausting. She will remember that the next time her husband/the man talks about getting a dog.
    *it's to be kind to dogs week so here is a trick to get attention: lie on a corner of the book your human is trying to read. Just put a paw, or a leg. See how long it takes for them to try to turn the page and give up while they pet you. It works every time!!!

  16. I have clearly fallen behind in my blog reading. The Literary Feline has gone to the dogs! What a fun interview with Riley!

  17. Wow, Riley you interview well. You are so articulate. LOL!

  18. Riley and I appreciate all your wonderful comments. Riley proved to be a good little interviewee. :-)

    Riley also wanted me to let all of you with dogs know that you can bring your dogs over any time. He loves to play and while he might not be so quick to share his ball, he has other toys they can play with.

  19. D.J was never socialized with other dogs before so he acts inappropriatley with them. He wants to play but is to rambonous for most other dogs. We are starting traing classes with him on Monday. Maybe after the two can have a play date, if we are ever in each others neck of the woods. LOL!

  20. Teddy - I hope the training pays off. Riley's really good with other dogs. He loves going to camp when we go on vacation because he gets to be around all his buddies and run around with them. :-) I'm sure he'd love a play date with DJ if ever we're all in the same place!


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