Saturday, 26 March 2011

On Cars, Dogs and Good Deeds

It's Grand Prix weekend here in Melbourne and we can hear the whine of racing cars at Albert Park across the city to our house this morning. Confined to barracks as I am at present, those noisy engines are making me dream of our road trips - Tyler hanging out the window, people admiring me in the back seat as we make our way through city traffic to the beach.

We love driving about in the car and so I thought this news article would be interesting to you, my fellow traveller dogs.

Dr Katrina is a wonderful vet who supports Golden Retriever Rescue (the link is on this blog) and Riley, of course is the star of the show. Dr Katrina fostered Riley who was rescued from dreadful circumstances which I'll quote directly from GRR:

" Riley, who is approximately two years old was left in a run set up by Griffith Pound for people who wish to anonymously dump their dogs. He was emaciated, limping badly on one of his front paws and within two days had pus erupting from the swelling on his paw. Katherine from Lab Rescue took Riley to her vet and a mercy dash up the Hume Highway followed with GRR's foster carers, Lee and Warwick waiting in a car park late at night to take are of him. GRR's vet found Lee waiting on the door step the next morning and Riley is now resting quietly at Wendy's home.

The infected swelling in his foot revealed two grass seeds embedded far into his paw but more alarming than this were the four identical marks on each paw where the skin had been rubbed raw and large round sores had formed and become infected. These rub marks and round sores indicate that Riley has been tied by each foot for a long period of time by thick rope which has been knotted. While this is incomprehensible to all of us his horrific past is just that, it is passed and now Riley has a future which is abuse free. His owners have done their worst but they didn't break this special man's spirit. Riley is willing to trust and comes up wagging his tail for some attention of the loving kind."

Riley now lives with Dr Katrina and her family and participates in Dr Katrina's media work highlighting pooch rescue and other aspects of dog care. His wounds have healed and his happy kind nature has come to the fore. And so Riley is now the happiest poster boy in Australia!!


  1. Hi Bailey,

    Riley shares my name, and it his past sounds so horrible. I hope from now on he has "the life of Riely" which means well looked after, with food and love and not a care or worry in the world.

    Sending you lots of love and woofs,

    PS I hope you and Tyler enjoyed your road trip to the beach! did you get to go swimming?

  2. Hi Riley, Aussie Riley is well on the road to recovery; in fact, it looks like he's taken over the driver's seat from Dr Katrina. That beach photo is a goldie oldie taken when we were a bit younger (and I was fatter!). The trip last weekend was great fun and worth every moment of the subsequent sore leg!!

  3. Poor boy has been through so much pain & suffering. I'm glad to know he is now safe with his new owner!

  4. Woof Bailey and Tyler!

    Thanks for dropping by at my blog! I'm happy to 'meet' you guys and I've included your blog in my blogger feeder (something like that). Did you know I was born in Australia, Sydney! Woo hoo!

    I hope you guys had a great time at the beach. I'll be back for more and, welcome to the blogging world! See ya around the blog!