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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  • snowfluff
    snowfluffWednesday, September 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm
    • snowfluff
      snowfluffWednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12:48 pm
      • wolfieland
        wolfielandWednesday, September 9, 2020 at 5:31 am
        so cute and so smart!
        • fox1568
          fox1568Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1:52 pm
          DOG LOVER
          • savagequeen00
            savagequeen00Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 5:26 pm
            i know right!?
            • lovetoread26
              lovetoread26Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 5:16 pm
              Lol I guess doggy daycare is really fun!
              • soccersprout
                soccersproutWednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:12 am
                This article is spectacular! #doglover
                • dragonite_0312
                  dragonite_0312Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:58 am
                  this article is so amazing! i wish my pitbull was that smart! lol
                  • leiker1414
                    leiker1414Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 8:31 am
                    Lol so smart like and follow if you think that was smart and cute. I have a Springer spaniel her name is victory but we call her Tory for short
                    • bookfan2008
                      bookfan2008Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 2:40 pm
                      I want all of these dogs in that picture above!!!!!😁❤❤
                      • soccersprout
                        soccersproutWednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:13 am
                        I agree I love dogs
                        • jelly12234f
                          jelly12234fThursday, May 7, 2020 at 4:29 am
                          i love DOGS i have a golden Labrador his name is Zippy we call him Zipp for short