Congratulations Riley!

The random # generator (made in a hipster garage in Seattle) has spoken: “Riley!” Congrats to Riley, Chet’s April Friend of the month, who will be in the special place on the right until May. As soon as we get a mailing address for Riley’s human companion (send to, a signed (and paw-printed!) copy of The Sound and the Furry will be winging its way.

Next month this could be you! Just send a photo into the gallery, as Lucy Lou & Darah Thea from Canada; Ginger; Trixie & Chico; Xena; leisurely dude; and Lucy Ball did today. It’s easy! It’s fun! No downside! Huge payoff!



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109 Responses to “Congratulations Riley!”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    8:34 am on April 1st, 2014

    Welcome Riley!!!
    and Good Morning Everyone.
    (hipster garage in Seattle, Heh)

  2. Tupper's Mama
    8:34 am on April 1st, 2014

    Ha – first again

    Good morning all

  3. Tupper's Mama
    8:35 am on April 1st, 2014

    Correction – almost first. Hi BSD

  4. Masquers
    8:36 am on April 1st, 2014

    Hey! You were BOTH first. How kool is that.

  5. dawson
    8:53 am on April 1st, 2014

    So long to Poochie, a good friend of the month, and welcome to Riley, who looks handsome on the color red.

    Riley is another recent FOC and I think those hipsters built a pattern into that “random” number generator, possibly depending on how many days there are in the month. Hmmmm.

    HOH: Great picture of the ebony Canadians.

  6. O'Howlers
    9:00 am on April 1st, 2014

    Congratulations to Riley and Zoey. Farewell to Poochie and Buddy.


  7. B. Stover
    9:01 am on April 1st, 2014

    Riley looks comfortable.

    Good morning all.

  8. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:02 am on April 1st, 2014

    Life-Of!….Bellie and Riley would get along good together…snort! spit! grump!

  9. Wose-the small and meek
    9:15 am on April 1st, 2014


    I am very glad MPM is safely back on soldid ground. Rio and Masquers youse rock. Whenever I fly! I want you on the job.

    Dawson: Egads, 85 cents! At that rate you could send mail by sled teams.

    Congratulations, Riley!

    Cheerleaders at baseball games. NOOOOOOOOO! That is sooooo wrong. ACK!

  10. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:20 am on April 1st, 2014

    Gah!…Even a Corgie wins at this stupid contest….grunt!

  11. Tyb
    9:27 am on April 1st, 2014

    Welcome and Congratulations, Riley. I hope you’ll always be as comfortable as you look to be in your picture.
    Welcome, also, to April. I hope that this month will bring Spring and be a good month for all of us.

  12. BearSpiritDog
    9:27 am on April 1st, 2014

    Rio: Just Knew We Would Hear a Growl from you sooner or later.

  13. Herd of Hounds
    9:28 am on April 1st, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Went to appointment this A.M. before OFA “awakened” and on retrurn, the blog wasn’t refreshing for an hour…thought we were lost 🙁
    Glad all are here. Welcome Riley! Glad MPM got home…to a week of rain.
    Have a Technicolor Tuesday 🙂

  14. Masquers
    9:29 am on April 1st, 2014

    Tyb! Right on time!

  15. Wose-the small and meek
    9:39 am on April 1st, 2014

    Thanks, Tyb!! Do you ever take a bad picture?

    Wookie and Teddy’s Pop: Thanks for watching last night. I am very proud of the work Steve does.

  16. Tyb
    9:40 am on April 1st, 2014

    Right on time because I’ve been fooled so many times already this morning, I couldn’t forget it was the first of the month.

  17. Masquers
    9:40 am on April 1st, 2014

    Rose: Sob! We wanted to watch too!

  18. Masquers
    9:43 am on April 1st, 2014

    Tyb: Nary a prank here…we hardly knew it was “that” day.
    Pondering…maybe Riö really is the FOTM……

  19. Mollypop's Mom
    10:02 am on April 1st, 2014

    When I came back from the Massachusetts trip, I was in trouble when I opened my suitcase the next day. All of my clothes had the smell of Callie, Tupper, Gillie, Basil and Sage. Last night I got into trouble right away. Loulou was sniffing me from head to toe as soon as I arrived and we got the greetings over with. Then I realized it wasn’t just Sadie’s smell, that the pants I was wearing were the same ones that I wore to visit Snowhook kennels. Once again I had a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.

  20. dawson
    10:11 am on April 1st, 2014

    Rio: You were the one that mentioned the name “Riley” yesterday. Seems as if that infernal machine took you seriously.

    Tyb: The disappointment of not being picked FOM is always tempered shortly afterwards by the joy of seeing your handsome face on a new calendar page.

    Rose: I went to bed early last night (as usual) so have the U of Sing Sing on the recorder.

  21. O'Howlers
    10:26 am on April 1st, 2014

    Tyb, what Dawson said…
    Half-listening! LOL!

  22. Siber-H
    10:34 am on April 1st, 2014

    Congratulations Riley!!

    Thanks for the calendar, TYB

    Macy’s Mom, This is a better situation for you and Rick at the hospital now. As always, your family is in our prayers.

    You can see a preview of the University of Sing Sing on youtube, but it is only 45 seconds long…gah

  23. dawson
    10:36 am on April 1st, 2014

    MPM: Oh yeh, that would require a whole lot of explaining. Forty or fifty dogs worth of explaining. Heh, heh.

  24. O'Howlers
    10:48 am on April 1st, 2014

    Guess what? Mom has announced that we are moving Way Up North to Alaska! Horses and all! We are going to be on HGTV’s Living Alaska. How’s that for Big News on this fine day?

  25. Tupper and Gilly
    10:55 am on April 1st, 2014

    sigh – Corgi can be a facebookie winner, but alas, not so for the blog.

    The Storyteller went to try a tai chi class this morning. Can’t wait to hear what he thinks.

    MPM – we can just imagine LouLou sniffing, sniffing, sniffing and then walking away in high dudgeon, tail curled with an aloof attitude. That’s what we do to Mama after she visits other dogs. Well, except for the tail curling part….Corgis – you know.

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    10:56 am on April 1st, 2014

    Howlers – we could end up being some of the tallest Corgis in the world if you keep pulling our legs like that.

  27. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:20 am on April 1st, 2014

    Snorkel!…My friend just sent me a text on my little Go-Phone…heh!…She says the hot-shot went outside for a break and she took the opportunity to switch the controls on his mouse…chorkel!…When he comes in another gal is going to ask him to show her something on his oomputer…heh!heh!…

  28. Siber-H
    11:25 am on April 1st, 2014

    Rio, lol
    Let us know what happens with the hot shot.

  29. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:30 am on April 1st, 2014

    Fooled!…He was completely fooled…snort!

  30. O'Howlers
    11:33 am on April 1st, 2014

    Royals: heh heh heh!
    Rio, awesome idea!

  31. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:34 am on April 1st, 2014

    Mouse!…Simple, but very tricky…heh!…The gang all had a good laugh over that just now…chorkel!

  32. Staff
    12:03 pm on April 1st, 2014

    A catty, the librarian turned me on to this free printables website. I haven’t received anything in the two weeks I have been on it that I couldn’t live without until I came to this shopping list. It has lists for all sorts of grocery shopping problems and I am attaching this link for gluten free shopping for Mollypop’s Mom to look at.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    12:03 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Y’all are cracking us up! Mom doesn’t allow pranks because she says middle school students didn’t know when to quit and it would de-evolve into bullying. She’s jus a poopy old stick in the mud.
    OH: how do chickens, other than Fern the wonder Chick, do in Alaska?

  34. Herd of Hounds
    12:07 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Staff, speaking of lists (isn’t a recipe a list?), Can you put the butterfly nectar on the blog?

  35. Staff
    12:17 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Herd of Hounds

    4 parts water and 1 part sugar. Not honey, not brown or any fancy sugar just plain old white sugar.

    I use 4 cups water and 1 cup sugar and heat it just till boiling. Then let it cool and put it in a quart jar and store in the fridge.

  36. c.hobbit
    12:18 pm on April 1st, 2014

    HOH: Sadie suggests that next Tuesday you make it a Treatie Tuesday. For some reason she is really hungry today.

  37. Staff
    12:20 pm on April 1st, 2014

    oh, and no coloring either.

    Here is a good link for more hummingbird info.

  38. Staff
    12:22 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Oh, and you can track hummingbird migration at this site. Texas should have their feeders out already. Tennessee too…

  39. Herd of Hounds
    12:24 pm on April 1st, 2014

    CHobbit, May have to remind us but Treatie Tuesday sounds good to us too 🙂
    Staff: Mom has hummer, been doing that for centuries. BUTTERFLY is our concern. (Please?)

  40. Belle Starr
    12:54 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Wait a minute! My name isn’t Riley and that photo looks nothing like me. Grump!

  41. Herd of Hounds
    12:56 pm on April 1st, 2014

    If you love flowers, flutterbies, birds and some simple ideas (we won’t talk about tough ones), the Birds & Blooms magazine has tons of good ideas for many climate zones!

    The April/May edition has Mr. Cardinal on the front.

  42. O'Howlers
    12:58 pm on April 1st, 2014

    We read hummingbird the first time too.
    We were told last year that our hummer feeders should be put out on April 1st every year.

  43. Staff
    1:02 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Oh yeah, The butterfly nectar. Just a minute I have to open one of the containers…they are safely packed….

  44. Staff
    1:05 pm on April 1st, 2014

    The butterfly nectar is 10% sugar and 90% water.

    The instructions say to fill the ‘feeder’ to the top of the plastic and place in the sun. It says to grease the stick with petroleum jelly or Pam to discourage ants from feeding. Clean solution every 2 days to prevent bacteria. Clean with hot water only, no soap.

    There you go.

  45. Staff
    1:06 pm on April 1st, 2014

    We had blowing snow this a.m. so butterfly nectar was not on my radar.


    Off to the fabric store.


  46. Herd of Hounds
    1:11 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Snaff. Thanks a bajillion (whatever that is). Mom is dancing around the kitchen like Tinkerbelle (albeit a very large Tink!)

  47. O'Howlers
    1:22 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Hey, HOH! Judging by those dee-licious organic eggs that we heard were served at The Hobbit Hotel, we assume chickies do quite well in Alaska.

  48. B. Stover
    1:33 pm on April 1st, 2014

    I get the red-breasted nuthatch in my garden. They like sunflower seeds. They come with the chickadees and look similar. (The breast is actually yellow not red.)

    I’m chuckling over Tyb’s comment on his calendar.

  49. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:39 pm on April 1st, 2014

    CHobbit!…Check your SDD after you do what Hobbits do…snuffle!

  50. Herd of Hounds
    2:04 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Stover, more of a rust color. Our nuthatches and gnatcatchers are here. Hummer food went out this A.M. Mom is making flutterby and oriel goodies this afternoon. We were told to lump it until tomorrow in the treaties, These other guys have been traveling. 🙁

  51. B. Stover
    2:22 pm on April 1st, 2014

    No, Sharon, it isn’t rust; it’s yellow.

  52. Mollypop's Mom
    2:34 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Staff, thank you for the gluten-free shopping lists.

    For my last night at the Hobbit Hotel, La Concierge and I had a wonderful dinner and some wine. Here is my last picture from Alaska. Great memories.

  53. Herd of Hounds
    2:36 pm on April 1st, 2014

    OK, HRH B, whatever y’all say

    Have you noticed we are disagreeing?
    Will stay with rust, albiet a yellowish rust.

  54. Herd of Hounds
    3:05 pm on April 1st, 2014

    BTW, HRH B, worked with Buena Vista Audubon for several years and think the rustish color is apropos. Can we agree to disagree?

  55. Siber-H
    3:13 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Mollypop’s Mom, That is a good picture. I like it. Thanks to you and C.Hobbit for all the Alaska pictures.

  56. Herd of Hounds
    3:27 pm on April 1st, 2014

    MPM, so glad you are home and safe!

  57. Thieves!
    4:49 pm on April 1st, 2014

    We are wondering where we can get our paws on a hipster garage. You never know when one will come in handy.

  58. O'Howlers
    5:31 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Our hummingbird phone alarm just went off, right at the stroke of April 1. We watched Mom make the mix. She usually uses raw sugar, because that is all we have here. But she managed to find a container of old, very hard white stuff. She used that to please Staff. Now she is outside, calling “Tinkerbell”. Sheesh.

  59. Mollypop's Mom
    5:32 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Here’s one of my first pictures from my trip to Alaska. The deck on the Hobbit Hotel has quite a view.

  60. Thieves!
    5:58 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Difficult! Impossible! How do you decide who is more beautiful between MPM and our favorite Hobbit? You can’t. It’s like deciding who of us Thieves is better looking. We now understand why Wose couldn’t decide.

    We want all youse to know how grateful we are that many of you traveled north to Alaska in person and in spirit to visit the kennel. We are so honored and grateful it makes our tails wag without our permission.

  61. Barb & Maggie
    6:03 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Staff, We are thinking that here in northern IL. it might be closer to May 1st before we put out the hummer feeders. Is this correct? We are looking to you as the pro on this subject.

    First full day at work for Barb. It went well, but she is not used to being gone all day, from 8:30 to 4:30. And I am not used to having to wait all day to go outside! Yikes! I guess I can handle this two times a week. Lucy did OK too, but she was Aaarrroooing up a storm when Barb got home.

  62. Barb & Maggie
    6:14 pm on April 1st, 2014

    HOH, Our Illinois bird book also describes the Red Breasted Nuthatch as having a rusty-red breast and belly. Maybe Bee is looking at another Nuthatch.

  63. Herd of Hounds
    6:18 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Amazing how the birdies look when they arrive for spring. Colors and markings are different from the books 🙂

  64. Herd of Hounds
    6:19 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Hey, honey, parlevous le hamma hamma, honey

  65. Herd of Hounds
    6:20 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Silly birds!

  66. Herd of Hounds
    6:43 pm on April 1st, 2014

    I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words! (Take that DianeC.)

  67. Herd of Hounds
    6:53 pm on April 1st, 2014

    B&M The Nuthatches here too:)

  68. Mollypop's Mom
    6:58 pm on April 1st, 2014

    My favorite comment from my dogsled ride: when I stopped screaming and asked AJ to slow the dogs down, he said they’re going as slow as they can go.

  69. Barb & Maggie
    7:06 pm on April 1st, 2014

    HOH, What is the meaning of the hamma hamma comment? As is often the case, we are befuddled.

  70. Herd of Hounds
    7:23 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Befuddeled Barb, Something that guys say when talking to other guys. Parle vous le hama hama. French Speak…

  71. Herd of Hounds
    7:33 pm on April 1st, 2014

    They think they are cool with frog talk.

  72. Mollypop's Mom
    7:34 pm on April 1st, 2014

    HOH, count me among the befuddled. What exactly does that mean?

  73. Barb & Maggie
    7:35 pm on April 1st, 2014

    OK, still not sure why I am even trying to figure this out, but Google says a hamma is a small enclosed yard, and Hamma Hamma is a river in the northwest. Still haven’t a clue what you are saying.

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on April 1st, 2014


  75. Barb & Maggie
    7:37 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Oh, and then there are hama hama oysters!

  76. Barb & Maggie
    7:38 pm on April 1st, 2014

    MPM, Maybe you and Barb should get together for a glass of wine, and then go beat your heads against a wall!

  77. Herd of Hounds
    7:48 pm on April 1st, 2014

    No, No no, this is guy talk for stuff guys do. Can’t tell anyone….guy talk.
    Would like to beat my head against a wall. OK. guy talk. and all else.

  78. Mollypop's Mom
    7:49 pm on April 1st, 2014

    MagPie, your Barb and I do wine together very well.

  79. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on April 1st, 2014

    MollysMaw!… You are a big time downhill skier, right?…snort!…What is different about sliding on snow in a sled as compared to skiing downhill very fast?…wheeze!

  80. Herd of Hounds
    7:53 pm on April 1st, 2014

    and CHET speak about guy talk.

  81. Mollypop's Mom
    7:57 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Rio, when I am skiing downhill I am in control and I never scream.

    I was a prisoner in the basket of the sled. AJ gave instructions that if the sled tips over be sure to tuck your head and arms and be careful you don’t get sliced by the snow hook – and the sled kept tipping.

  82. Barb & Maggie
    7:59 pm on April 1st, 2014

    That’s it, we’re done. Mind is too fried to think about hamas any more. Never realized how dense I am, and I worked in a good ole boy world for 20 years.

    MPM, let’s go have a glass of a nice cab.

  83. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:01 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Yeeep!…. Maybe he was just teasing you…snort!

  84. Mollypop's Mom
    8:13 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Rio, he was serious.

  85. Staff
    8:14 pm on April 1st, 2014

    North Dakota rarely gets red breasted nuthatches. I see the white breasted ones all summer. I had a red breasted one in my yard once, I remember, but only once that I can recall. I reported it to the ND rare bird hotline because of it’s rarity here.

  86. Mollypop's Mom
    8:15 pm on April 1st, 2014

    I am a wuss and I’m going to go have some wine with Barb now.

  87. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Video!….I wish someone would have video-taped MollysMaw screamin’ her head off going 5 or 6 miles an hour…heh!heh!…I’d pay in treaties to see that…snort!

  88. Tupper and Gilly
    8:23 pm on April 1st, 2014

    We are spitting mad, we tell you. Just spitting MAD!

    Mama just bought a cat tree for those two Wrotten Delinquent Kats! She says they need someplace to climb out on the breezeway so they can look out the windows.

    And just who worries about CORGIS who want to look out windows, we ask you? No one, that’s who. Just cuz we get to go run around in the backyard, and go in the car and go for walks, that’s no excuse.

    Those stinkin’ kats get everything!

  89. c.hobbit
    8:24 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Yes the photo of me at the table showed me drinking wine and having a fun time! MPM selected the perfect light red wine but talked so much about the Cahoors wine that I will be going to a wine store soon and seeing if I can buy some bottles.

    One thing MPM might not have been aware of during the sled dog ride….AJ was standing on the brake with one leg the whole time. The brake scraps off the top layer of snow which was flying out behind AJ and hitting me (the first outing had me on the back runners). I was turning into a snowman during the ride and had to pound a layer of snow off me when we returned to the kennel. I had expected MPM to be taken for a ride but not me so I wasn’t wearing my snowsuit, just denim slacks. Heh.

  90. Basil and Sage
    8:26 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Hey Corgis – no, up here. Hey, lookit us You can see where we are looking out the window.

  91. dawson
    8:32 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Wild ride!
    I can vouch for Mollypop’s Mom. The same instructions were given to us: If the sled tips cover your head in case the snowhook comes at you. Yeeks! And 5 or 6 miles an hour seems mighty fast.

  92. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Snowman!….A CHobbit Snow Bunny!…heh!heh!…So is it more scary to ride in the sled or on the runners?…sniff!

  93. Barb & Maggie
    8:49 pm on April 1st, 2014

    I think MPM was better off in the front than in the back getting covered with flying snow.

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on April 1st, 2014

    April!…I really like Mr.Tibbs April calendar, but I am partial to April…snorkel!

  95. Macy's mom
    9:25 pm on April 1st, 2014

    I yelled at AJ to stop and his reply was, “you’re fine”. Heh

    At the ceremonial start I did have a close encounter with a snowhook, but only have a small divot to show for it.

    Tomorrow the lawyer and notary come to the hospital to get the Power of Attorney and Will signed. Any of you people out there as stupid as me, GET IT DONE. NOW.

    Thanks Tenzing for the snacks under the quilt. I can’t believe you had Dr. Pepper!

  96. c.hobbit
    9:31 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Rio: when you ride in the sled basket, you are very close to the ground so feel every bump and slant of the trail. MPM was sitting on a cushion but there was just a wooden horizontal slat across the back. AJ gave her a Snowhook Patch which was well-earned and will look lovely on her coat.

  97. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Patched!…I thought those sleds had big heavy cushions in them, like my warm soft bed does…sniff!….No one let me ride in the sled when I was visiting so I cannot comment on the thrill of the ride…heh!heh!

  98. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on April 1st, 2014

    MacysMaw!…Not you too Brutus!…yeeep!….Were you really scared or were you really having the time of your life?…heh!

  99. Aj
    10:33 pm on April 1st, 2014


    I’m sorry you didn’t have a better experience. When I’m giving a ride to someone I take into account all aspects of their safety and prepare the guest for the worst… And then we go have a great experience. We’ll just have to go again.

    It could have been worse. We could have been traveling down the gorge. Jason Mackey tod me his GPS read 31 mph when we were going down it.

    See you on the trail all…


  100. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:35 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Sled-rider!….My friend can’t help thinking this would be a very fun thing to do especially with AJ the Giant in control…snort!…I would trust him with my flat-pug-head-life no doubt about it. He is no Amateur by golly…chuffle!

  101. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:36 pm on April 1st, 2014

    AJ!…snort!…I “almost” posted the same time as the Giant…wheeze!

  102. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Gorge!…Holy Crap! Cow!…grunt!….31 miles an hour down the snowless Gorge…yeeeeep!…5 plus miles an hour sounds sort of “safe”…heh!

  103. dawson
    10:45 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Rio: Time of my life! WhoooHoooo! No time to worry about bones breaking! Giddy up!

  104. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on April 1st, 2014

    Goodnight!…I am going to my warm soft bed and dream dreams of slim jims and treaties over-flowing and Baseball!….Wooooo!….(Rockies lost again – those Marlins are tougher than everyone thinks – just youse guys wait!) …grunt!

  105. c.hobbit
    11:18 pm on April 1st, 2014

    I can vouch for AJ: instructions were given for the worse but we were in great hands. I had been in a dog sled years ago so knew what to expect. I think it is more intense for first timers.

    Another story. When we got back to the kennel and AJ & I were going to head out again, Rebecca suggested that I ride in front so I could see something. She reminded AJ how tall he was and that I couldn’t see around him and so would just be staring at his backside the whole ride . She suggested that I would be tired of the view. I assured her that it wasn’t a problem.

  106. Herd of Hounds
    6:42 am on April 2nd, 2014

    Loved catching up from last night. Loved Snowhook memories. Going back to taxes 🙁

  107. O'Howlers
    7:47 am on April 2nd, 2014

    Mom was not scared one little bit in AJ’s sled, until Pop flipped it over. She does wish she would have gotten to ride on the runners a bit. She was nervous about that, but would have done it. Unfortunately, she never got the opportunity. Why? Probably because AJ was afraid she would do worse than Pop. But we know she has better balance. It is Pop who comes off horses. Heh!

  108. Herd of Hounds
    10:06 pm on April 2nd, 2014

    views are drop gorgrous dead

  109. Herd of Hounds
    10:20 pm on April 2nd, 2014

    love Alaska and will return

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