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Thursday, 25 October 2018

He's EVERY man's best friend! Internet falls head over heels for clever Golden Retriever who drops his ball over a wall every morning so that passersby will stop and play with him

  • Riley lives in Studio City in Los Angeles, California
  • He likes to hang over a wall surrounding his property and entices passersby by dropping his ball, so they'll pick it up and throw it for him
  • Video of him in action has gone viral on Twitter 
  • Riley is quite well known in his neighborhood, and several other Twitter users shared their own videos and pictures
  • The friendly pet also has his own Twitter and Instagram pages and joked that since the clip went viral, his secret's out
  • Social media users are losing their barking minds over what may be the friendliest dog ever.
  • Riley, a Golden Retriever rescue dog, lives on a very busy residential street in Los Angeles, and every day plenty of people pass by his home.
    So Riley, ever the clever canine, props himself up on the wall surrounding his property to entice passersby to play with him — and will even drop his tennis ball on the other side, out of reach, so strangers will pass it back. 
Good doggie! Riley lives in Studio City in Los Angeles, California
Good doggie! Riley lives in Studio City in Los Angeles, California
So smart! He likes to hang over a wall surrounding his property and entices passersby by dropping his ball, so they'll pick it up and throw it for him
So smart! He likes to hang over a wall surrounding his property and entices passersby by dropping his ball, so they'll pick it up and throw it for him
Viral: Video of the pup employing this trick was shared by WeRateDogs
Viral: Video of the pup employing this trick was shared by WeRateDogs
Video of Riley went viral this week when it was shared on the Twitter account WeRateDogs.
WeRateDogs, which has 7.41 million followers, is a beloved novelty account that frequently posts pictures of pups with a bit of back story, and rates each one out of ten.
The page is run by Matt Nelson, 22, who hasn't met a dog he doesn't like, and will often rate them 11/10, 12/10, or, in Riley's case, 14/10.
On October 22, the account tweeted: 'This is Riley. Every morning he hangs over the wall and drops his toy so the nearest passerby is forced to play with him. It works 100% of the time. 14/10'
Attached was a short video of Riley perched up on the wall around his home in Studio City. Riley is holding a chewed-up ball in his mouth, which he drops so the person recording him will pick it up.Popular: Riley is quite well known in his neighborhood, and several other Twitter users shared their own videos and pictures
Popular: Riley is quite well known in his neighborhood, and several other Twitter users shared their own videos and pictures
Popular: Riley is quite well known in his neighborhood, and several other Twitter users shared their own videos and pictures
Super social: He lives in a busy residential area and is always making friends
Super social: He lives in a busy residential area and is always making friends
Famous: Riley's video has been viewed nearly 10 million times and many commenters have left sweet words
One of the good ones: One of Riley's former neighbors misses living nearbyFamous: Riley's video has been viewed nearly 10 million times and many commenters have left sweet words
Hold on! This commenter was worried that the person who recorded the original video didn't play with the dog
Hold on! This commenter was worried that the person who recorded the original video didn't play with the dog
Don't worry! Riley chimed in with his own Twitter account to promise that, yes, he did
Don't worry! Riley chimed in with his own Twitter account to promise that, yes, he did
The video quickly charmed other social media users, who have watched it nearly 10 million times. The video has 670,000 likes and counting.
Many viewers also chimed in to gush about how cute Riley is, while quite a few shared their own photos and videos and said that they, too, know the friendly pet.
As it turns out, Riley is already pretty locally famous, and has his own Twitter and Instagram accounts. 
He even replied to the viral video, writing: 'When they aren’t getting hugs from me they are fetching my ball for me.'
He also responded to a concerned fan who wondered if the person who recorded the viral video had stopped filming in order to give Riley his ball back.
'Yes after the guy filmed me, he picked up my ball and played with me. There were also others all standing around waiting for filming to stop to come give me love,' 'Riley' wrote.
Cutie: Riley has his own twitter and Instagram pages
He likes to play dress-up
Cutie: Riley has his own twitter and Instagram pages
Stop and say hi! When his owners went away this summer, they posted this on Instagram (presumably, there was also someone caring for the dog)
Stop and say hi! When his owners went away this summer, they posted this on Instagram (presumably, there was also someone caring for the dog)
The in crowd: Lots of Twitter users in the area know the friendly dog
The in crowd: Lots of Twitter users in the area know the friendly dog
He's a star! Others shared videos of their own interactions
He's a star! Others shared videos of their own interactions
Ruff stuff: He is training to be a therapy dog for children
Ruff stuff: He is training to be a therapy dog for children
Riley in training to be a therapy dog for kids, but in the meantime is making friends in his neighborhood and providing happiness for internet friends.
His owner regularly poses pictures of him posing for the camera, sometimes wearing a snazzy outfit or getting ready to dig in to a treat.
Over the summer, when his owners went on vacation, they posted a picture of Riley holding up a sign encouraging belly rubs, throwing his fuzzy ball, and helping him look for lizards.
'To all my followers who live on my street, if you see my door open can you please call my name until I come outside. My family is away and I would really like the extra love. Here is what I need most! Woof,' read the caption.
After video of him went viral this week, he reposted it, captioning the clip: 'My secret's out! Someone filmed me purposely dropping my toy as a ploy to get a passerby to stop and play! Woof.' 

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