North Carolina Dog Walks Himself To Doggy Daycare To Be With Friends


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Photo Credit: Tonia Bowman Mosteller via Facebook

Most dogs hate being dropped off at daycare — Not Riley! In fact, the five-year-old golden retriever, who lives in Belmont, North Carolina, loves being at the Happy Dog Cafe & Boutique so much that he recently decided to pay the center a visit all by himself.

The chain of events began on May 6 when his owner, Tonia Mosteller, let Riley out in the backyard. But the pet had bigger plans than to relax and enjoy the warm spring afternoon. Earlier that day, Riley had run into his pals who were spending the day at the Happy Dog Cafe & Boutique, and wanted to be with them. Hence, as soon as he was alone, the smart dog lifted the gate latch and began the mile-long walk to the doggy daycare.

When Tonia returned a short time later, she found the backyard empty and the gate wide open. Fortunately, before she had time to panic, her husband called to let her know that Riley was safe and having the time of his life at his favorite daycare.

Photo Credit: Happy Dog Cafe & Boutique

According to Teresa McCarter, owner of Happy Dog Cafe & Boutique, a customer had found Riley patiently sitting outside, just waiting to be let in. As soon as Teresa opened the door, the golden retriever barged in to greet 26 of his best friends, who all seemed as thrilled to see him.

Tonia was not surprised that Riley knew exactly how to get to the daycare, given that he has been going there since he was a puppy. She was, however, amazed that he loved it enough to escape from the house. Though the Mostellers offered to pick Riley up, Teresa would not hear of it. She decided that if Riley had made the effort to get to the daycare on his own, the least she could do was allow him to enjoy a complimentary day with his pals. Hopefully, Riley had a great time because to ensure he doesn’t pull the same trick again, Tonia has added an extra lock to the backyard gate!


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  • bluepug1014
    bluepug1014Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9:12 am
    omg thats so cute but its sad that he had no friends. I live in north carolina and if I saw that dog I would have helped him.
    • fallen_blossom
      fallen_blossomWednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1:40 pm
      so cute! I would have done that just to be with my friends!
      • peachy_vsco
        peachy_vscoSunday, February 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm
        He must have gone to the doggy day care alot it he went there by himself.☺
        • unicorn87
          unicorn87Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 8:49 am
          awww that dog is sure independent
          • unipug2
            unipug2Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 8:17 am
            Sweet cute
            • jkbear
              jkbearMonday, November 23, 2020 at 11:53 am
              that is so cute
              • lilypads
                lilypadsThursday, October 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm
                • lilypads
                  lilypadsThursday, October 29, 2020 at 4:53 pm
                  Dog are better . Han cats and smarter
                  • fox1568
                    fox1568Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:50 am
                    cool and so funny
                    • home_girl242
                      home_girl242Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:26 am
                      LOLA you are so right!