Apparently Riley loves doggie daycare.
The five-year-old golden retriever loves it so much, he walked over a mile to get there. Unannounced. The only problem was, Riley wasn’t supposed to be there. He was supposed to be in his back yard at home, where his human left him when she went to run errands.
The Great Escape
The great escape happened Friday, May 6th in the small North Carolina town of Belmont. Earlier that day, Riley and Tonia Mosteller, his human, ran into a group of dogs from the daycare during their morning walk. “Riley was crying because he loves to play. He loves happy dogs,” Mosteller said. He whined all the way home. So, later, when Mosteller went off on her run, Riley lifted the latch on the backyard gate, and just like that — he was daycare-bound.
“We walk Riley everyday, typically through town, and sometimes we will stop by the daycare,” “Riley knows his way around town.”
At the Happy Dog Café, Riley is a familiar face. He’s been a regular there all his life.
The happy resolution
“We noticed a dog sitting outside waiting to be let in,” owner Teresa McCarter said. She knew the face well. “Oh my gosh, it’s Riley,” she recalled exclaiming. McCarter called the Mostellers to let them know about the doggie drop-in.
“Of course,” she said, “he stayed for free.”