Riley the Black-Nosed Puppy

Riley (wondering whose idea it was to make him wear antlers)

This entry is written with apologies to Robert May, the advertising executive who wrote “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” He wrote it as a poem for a department-store Santa to give to children. Within its first year of publication, over 2 million copies had been given away to children. The poem was later set to music and recorded in 1949 by Gene Autry.

Riley received his name precisely because he lives “the life of Riley.” One of his co-dependent “Pamperers in Chief” says, “How can such an adorable little face hide such a Jekyll & Hyde dog?” If Riley could talk (or blog) we’d hear HIS side of the story.

Riley the Black-Nosed Puppy

Riley the black-nosed puppy
Had a very shiny nose
But if you ever saw him
You wouldn’t exactly say it glows

All of the other doggies
Used to laugh and call him names
The pampered pooch who lived “the Life of Riley”
Couldn’t join in any puppy games

They thought he was ordinary
And bragged that they could “sit,” “stay,”
… or even do a “high five”
But little did those nosy dogs know
That Riley actually knew how to fly!

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came their way
Riley’s little paws took flight
Chasing Rudolph’s glowing nose into the night

Santa could only chuckle
“Riley, you’ve made my day!
We’re done with our rounds but if you’d like
Try and catch us as we fly away!”

Riley yelped aloud for joy,
Waking all the neighbor dogs
As Santa’s reindeer flew up, up and away
Riley almost caught that sleigh!

Then all the doggies loved him
As they shouted out with glee,
Riley the black-nosed puppy,
You’ll go down in history!

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