Riley, a six and a half year old Maltese from Illinois, was born on September 3,2002. He joined his family, The Maltey Crew, shortly thereafter.
“I had been wanting a dog of my own for a long time,” Shannon, Riley’s “Mom,” said. “I wanted either a Bichon Frise, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, something mixed with a poodle, or a Maltese. And then I heard about this great breeder about an hour and a half from here, in Meppen, Illinois. The man, his brother and his sister-in-law bred Labs, Labradoodles, Golden Retrievers and Goldendoodles. His wife bred Maltese, Yorkies, and Morkies (or Yorkteses). Now, usually I would go for somebody who only bred one breed of dog, but these guys were really good, and very much recommended by our vet.”
The recommendation proved true; everything about the situation was just right. When Shannon visited the breeder, Riley was waiting, at ten weeks old, the perfect age for a Maltese pup to be sold, and the price of $350.00 was agreeable. Shannon was looking for a bigger Maltese, and Riley fit the bill.
Shannon named her new puppy “Riley,” in part to please her sister, who had always wanted a white, fluffy dog that she could name Riley. Marrying a man who didn’t like dogs, however, made that impossible, so Shannon named her Maltese Riley for her sister.
Riley’s first challenge in his new home was passing Kayde’s (the resident Maltese) test. Shannon described Kayde’s “Type A” personality as “bossy.” Riley became a peacemaker between Kayde and Jay-Jay (now at the rainbow bridge), who almost always did whatever Kayde wanted him to. Riley gets along well with Kayde. When Kayde dances, he also dances.
The problems this “lady’s man” has with his knees don’t stop him from enjoying the dog park, or playing with his toys.
“Riley LOVES his bobos!” Shannon said. “He’s not really scared of anything. He doesn’t like water being sprayed on him, or the hairdryer, but he doesn’t run from them either.”
Riley gets along well with other members of The Maltey Crew: Kayde, and Buddy, also Maltese dogs, eight male Betta fish (Justice, Youkou, Sunny, Gabby, Albert, Cousi, Charmer, and Yaddy), and a yellow parakeet named Niko. Riley had a positive impact on Shannon.
“Riley made me want to volunteer at the no-kill animal shelter here,” She said. “He has the kind of attitude that says, `I hope all the other animals in the world get the kind of loving that I get!’”
With pet lovers like Shannon caring for our furry friends, Riley might just get his wish.