Riley relaxing in his forever home

  • Adopted: 11-29-15
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 7-8 yrs
  • Size: 49 lbs
  • Color: Blue
  • Cats: Unknown
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Traits: A sweet, laid-back gentleman with a new lease on life!

Meet Riley, a gentleman who is happy for his new lease on life!  Riley is a blue belton setter, 7-8 years old and weighing 49 pounds.  When Riley first came into ACES foster care, he needed a lot of TLC.  He had a broken femur and needed an immediate femoral head osteotomy to alleviate his pain.  Once Riley had the surgery, it was amazing to see the new life in his eyes just days after he came home.

Riley has worked hard to rehab his hip and regain muscle in his back legs that was lost after his injury.  He enjoys his aqua therapy sessions (see video) and has almost completed his physical therapy.  While he definitely has fun in the pool, Riley’s favorite part is being under the blow dryer after swimming. He wags his tail and gets a cute grin on his face while his hair is dried. Riley’s new family should continue healthy, daily walking for exercise.  His vet has also recommended he stay on supplements to keep his joints healthy.

Ever since Riley has been feeling better, he has really shown us his personality. He is very sweet and curious, and a little bit silly.  You should see him dance when he gets pumpkin at dinner!  Riley now has the freedom to run around the yard and really enjoys being outside (see video). Riley is also great on a leash and loves to go for walks. After exercising, he enjoys his nap time and is always willing to snuggle a bit.  Riley is housetrained and crate-trained, and he enjoys a good chew toy.

Riley gets along with other dogs.  He is a little more mature than the young pup in his foster home, so he doesn't play too much.  If he's not in the mood, he'll give a bark and move away from the action.  We think Riley would be happy to live with other dogs but also would be fine as the only dog in the house.

He didn't react to cats at the vet office, but we do not know how he would do in a home with cats.

For a gentle and easy going dog, Riley does have a deep, big boy voice. It surprises everyone (people and dogs) the first time they hear it.  We are so happy we could help Riley, now we need to find him the forever home he deserves.


Update from Riley's Dad:  Things are going well, both dogs have adjusted well and when it's not raining spend lots of time in the yard. His appetite is good and his hip doesn't seem to bother him, no aspirin for several weeks even after longer walks.  All in all, he's a great boy and seems to be happy, here's pic of him doxing on his bed after breakfast this morning.  


Zachary Rieboldt hopes that Riley soon finds a loving forever family and home that he deserves.

Riley sends a big deep voiced "Setter Roo" to Mike Warfield for his friendship and support!