Behind The Butter

The Fluffy Beast Speaks

Friends, meet Riley.

I know what you’re thinking and stop it! Riley is not fat, he is just fluffy.

He does, however, love to eat. Especially pasta with cream sauce and soft Italian bread.

Riley was starting to get made fun of by the other neighborhood dogs for all his fluff so we hired my mother as his personal trainer. But he would rather just……eat.

Tonight we took a long, hard jog around the neighborhood. We almost didn’t make it. But Riley was determined. Is it just me or does my mom resemble a circus trainer here with Riley the lion?

Welcome to Wisconsin!


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  • Sarah for Real
    May 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Bahaha! Totally a circus trainer.

    I do loooove that fur! Such a pretty coat!

  • Marissa
    May 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I want a Riley!

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    May 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    AWWW! What a pretty dog. I think its official…when you move to your new place you HAVE to get a dog as a house warming…and so that Dexter wont be so lonely while your gone. Makes sense right?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Awwww how precious!!!! That’s what we say about our dog.. she’s not fat, she’s just big boned 🙂

  • Jenny
    May 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    such a pretty puppy! hope youre having a great time!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Love Riley! I am begging for a golden retriever!

  • Abby
    May 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I think my dog Dexter is going to need a date with your mom soon. He likes to eat and sleep too much.

  • Megan
    May 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Love the flowers, those baskets remind me of my parents’ house in Brookfield! Good thing I am going home on Monday and will be able to enjoy them!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I’ll bet Riley will love exercising once he gets used to it and loses some of that “fluff.” 😉

  • Kelly
    May 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Aww I think Riley is absolutely adorable!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    i hope you take lots of pictures, i’ve never been to wisconsin before! so far it looks gorgeous 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    May 6, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Riley is adorable. Good taste, too 😉

  • Low
    May 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, cutest dog ever!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    May 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Hahaha. Very cute dog. I wasn’t even thinking Riley looked fat! And hope you have a fabulous time in Wisconsin!!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    May 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    oh my gosh. I love golden retrievers!!!! mine is currently curled up at my feet <3 love

  • Stacey
    May 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    He’s a cute dog. He looks like a lovable friendly dog.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    May 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    He’s just begging to be cuddled!

  • Hangry Pants
    May 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Funny, Riley and I like to eat the same things.

  • Terrie @ Fit4myLifetime
    May 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    What a sweet-faced dog! Hi, Riley! My golden-mix, BuzzBoy, is my “training partner”. Aren’t goldens the best?

  • Jil
    May 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Ohh he is too cute!!

  • Lily
    May 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    That poor thing IS overweight ! Still, cute, adorable and one of the friendliest breeds of all !

  • Becca
    May 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    OMG so adorable! He looks so happy!!!

  • Krystina
    May 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    He’s so cute!

  • Angela (ohsheglows)
    May 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    bahaha circus tamer and a lion, I can SO see that!!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    May 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Spot on! He totally looks like a lion being walked in circles by your mom!

  • Maria @ A Healthier Maria
    May 6, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    mmm your comment made me sad for oyster roasts in Charleston! Why is that not the norm everywhere??

  • Maria @ A Healthier Maria
    May 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    oops obviously that was supposed to be on your previous post! Enjoy Wisconsin! 🙂

  • Tara @ FoodforFuel
    May 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Haha that dog is so stinkin’ cute!! He reminds me of my grandparent’s dog named “Candy.” Named appropriately so because they always fed her lollipops. Fluffy and happy.

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    May 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    You look like your mama! Have a great trip. 🙂

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    May 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    aww Riley is so cute! Definitely not fat. love him!!

  • Rika
    May 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    cute post!

  • Lisa
    May 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Ha! I have a sweet shih tzu that put on a little winter insulation, but it happens to the best of us! Welcome to the midwest, Jenna!

  • Amy
    May 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Oh how I love a dog with a little white on the face! He’s so stinking cute and I can’t say anything because I too am a little fluffy. 🙂

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    May 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Aww, Riley is super cute!! Love fluffy doggies. 🙂 Good for him getting in shape! 😉


  • Michelle
    May 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Cute, cute, cute!!! I love big dogs with hair. They’re the best. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

  • janetha
    May 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    holy crud, i love riley.

  • Kimszym
    May 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I hope you brought your winter coat! It was cold out there tonight.

  • Camille
    May 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Awww, what a cute, happy looking dog 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Our dog Peanut is all fluff and no fat too. But she loves too eat.

  • eatmovelove
    May 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Hey, Riley has a perm!! Some curly hair going on there!

    Gosh – he looks like he could take your Mom for a run – tell her to be careful! haha- he’s huge 🙂

  • Laura
    May 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Riley is so cute! Is he old? He has that old wise look about him.

  • SallyH @
    May 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Yes, how old is Riley? That often determines just how “fat” a Golden looks. They get awfully lumping with age. Anyway, enjoy our fair state! Too bad it is cold as heck here right now.

  • Kristen
    May 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    AAhhhh look at that face!

  • Kilee
    May 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Awww. Riley is such a handsome lion! haha, no really, he is a very beautiful dog. I hope that you have an amazing weekend at home with your mom. you deserve it!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    May 6, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I LOVE THAT DOG. He looks just like my elderly golden retriever, Maggie, except darker hair (and she is quite a bit rounder) 🙂

  • Jaclyn
    May 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    This reminds me of my dog! Not fat, fluffy!! Of course! It’s all muscle and fluff. No fat. Never! 😀

  • lacey
    May 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

    How cute is riley and all his fluff. Too cute!

  • Becky
    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Awww, what a sweetheart. I love it when pups get on in age and get the grey muzzle. Adorable!

  • lauren (athlEAT)
    May 7, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Love Riley. I have one just like it named Oscar. Food is his life. Good thing he has all that hair to help cover things up 😉

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    May 7, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Riley is adorable!

  • Daniel
    May 7, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Such a beautiful dog! Reminds me of the golden retriever I used to have… =\

    And where abouts in Wisconsin are you staying? I’ve never been too far out of this state and I was just curious if you were staying somewhere familiar. 😀

  • Alex
    May 7, 2010 at 6:13 am

    This is quite possibly the cutest post ever! I feel the same way about my dog. She obviously prefers REAL food to dog kibble (and who could blame her?).

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    May 7, 2010 at 6:29 am

    so cute!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    May 7, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Glad you made it safely! I guess everyone in your fam is a foodie…even the animals 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    May 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

    This post made me giggle! Maybe i can hire your mom to get those few extra pounds off our wiener dog. Lst year he was training for the wiener dog races, this year a two mile walk in a challenge!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Riley the fluffy beast….lol. Your Mom looks adorable! What a great time to be together for Mother’s Day! Love Riley…soooo cute!

  • Lisa
    May 7, 2010 at 9:47 am

    What a cutie!!!! He looks like a gentle giant. 🙂

  • Penny
    May 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Riley is beautiful.
    I love dogs. I may love them more than most people. 🙂

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    May 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Riley is a beautiful dog! He’s not fat, he’s just got more to love 🙂

  • Adam
    May 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I LOVE that dog 🙂 Big Fluffy Goldens make me happy!

  • Jean
    May 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Wisconsin is the most underrated place in the US. I just love being there- the weather, the grass, the lakes, the people, and the great memories of being there with my family for family reunions. I am glad to hear your appreciate it as much as me. Enjoy your time there!

  • jen
    May 10, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I’m just catching up, therefore just seeing the lit’l fluffer chunker 😉 Thank you for sharing…I too have a “fluffy” golden and home named, Brinkley (aka-scrumptious bumptious or Brinkley poo poo). Love that you inlcuded her in your photos 😉 What a nice visit with your family!!