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The Life of Riley

August 25th, 2009 by Doll Stanley

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Itamar arrived at Project Hope with his siblings back in December of last year. Hairless, suffering from mange and completely terrified. Over the next couple of months Doll worked tirelessly to transform these three pups and in late February two of the three (Itamar and Larry) were transferred to Every Creature Counts in Denver.

Both dogs were soon adopted and just a few days ago we received an update from Itamar’s new guardian, Tracy – with photos! Itamar has a wonderful new life and new name, Riley. Below is the letter and photos we received from Tracy.

Take a look at some of the before photos and video and it’s hard to believe this is the same dog.

from Tracy:

A walk in the park.

A walk in the park.

He is adorable! We have come a LOOONG way together since he came to my house April 5th. He was SO fearful, so insecure… but he is doing so much better. He makes me laugh and he seems so proud of himself when he gets to run around the park off leash, or walk through town with strangers all around and he doesn’t cower from them anymore.

Wrestling and belly rubs.

Wrestling and belly rubs.

He is definitely happiest with other dogs around and wants to play with ANY dog no matter size, shape, etc. We have lots of “play dates” and trips to the dog park! He gets compliments wherever we go, he is just so beautiful. This past weekend was his first camping trip and let me tell you – he was in his element. He LOVES being outside, near water, etc. – he had such a happy time. The funniest thing about Riley is how he acts when he gets near/in water. He just goes CRAZY! He leaps around and runs as fast as he can in and out of the water – it is very amusing.

Riley in his element.

Riley in his element.

I’m attaching some photos – hopefully you can see how big he is! He is about 50lbs now and his paws look big, so he may have more growing to do! I love him so dearly and it has been super rewarding watching him become a confident, happy dog. THANK YOU for all you did to save him!!!!

One Response to “The Life of Riley”

  1. August 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm, Janet Hamilton said:

    Hope, You are doing amazing work….I remember when you came to Santa Rosa, Ca to help us protest a traveling zoo….You were so supportive and always positive…Janet Hamilton