Meet Riley The Art Conservation Dog
He works as a volunteer in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and his job consists of sniffing bugs
At Metro.Style, we celebrate the pets we live with. They make our lives so much richer by opening our hearts to love unspoken, but strangely, we know it is guaranteed unconditional. Living with pets is healing and restorative. Through our Pet of the Week in the Living section, we bring you pets with special missions… just because it’s the weekend, and you deserve a break from your daily news feed.
Behind the scenes in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, a weimaranar dog, Riley, officially works with the Conservation, Protective Services and Facilities department to sniff bugs and insects that may harm the art work in the museum’s collection. Riley’s job is preventive, to keep pests at bay, and to alert the members of the museum staff of any pest infestation.
Riley even stars in his own children’s book, and lives with his Mom, Nicki Luongo, who heads the museum’s protective services.
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Riley took a break from his busy day of scent training to strike a pose with his favorite artworks, featured in his new children's book, "The Adventures of Riley the Museum Dog!” Join us at the Museum on Wednesday, April 17 at 11 am and 2 pm, during April Vacation Week, for a special celebration with #RileyTheMuseumDog! Watch demonstrations with Riley and his trainers, learn about what it takes to train and safely own a dog, and get your book signed by author @devra_first and illustrator @rhuddle. “The Adventures of Riley the Museum Dog” is published in partnership with @bostonglobe. 🐶 📚
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About the Weimaranar
Weimaranars originally retrieved game for German hunters, specifically deer and bear. Nowadays, they can also be found as family pets, although Weimaranar pet parents will attest to their need for exercise. Hence, these affectionate dogs are not suitable to apartment living. They are good with children and friendly with other human beings and fellow canines, albeit on the sensitive side. They do not tolerate being alone so well. They are an intelligent breed, blessed with a keen sense of smell, making Riley perfect for his MFA job.
The works of photographer, William Wegman launched this breed into pop culture: