Princess's Story

Princess is a rescued Rat Terrier who found her forever home after being adopted by her mom Jan. After recovering from health issues, she is now a registered therapy dog enjoying her new home and a new career.
On July 11, 2011 - By Lida Liu

My name is Princess, and I am a 5 year old Rat Terrier.  I lived in a home with my previous parents, their other dog and a very large dog.   My dad at the time did not care for small dogs. He preferred the larger breeds.  I lived there until I was 8 months old when my loving new mom Jan became my new owner.

A few days into living in my new home I started to cough a lot.  I believe I was finally getting rid of the effects in my body from transitioning into a new home enviorment. Once settled, I started to feel better.  My new mom was always there for me and even brought over her friend who is a licensed Massage Dog Therapist to help me adjust and heal.  Everyday I started feeling a little better.  I was named Princess because my tail wagged, and I smiled as I was told I was very precious in Jan's eyes.  I was also told by mom that I looked like a Princess.  

After I recovered my mom started taking me to obediece classes.  I started with beginning classes, flew through intermediate and completed the advanced course shortly!  I was finally registered to be a therapy dog!  Mom was very proud of me!  

I do miss the 3 little girls I lived with in my previous home, and that is why I was super excited when mom enrolled me in Power Paws.  I get to be around children all the time and absolutely love it!  Since then, I've attended numerous events at schools, nursing homes, a cub scout event and libraries!  I feel super blessed to have a new life doing something I enjoy.  I think the children like me too.  They love petting me and reading books to me.  I'm extremely thankful to my new family and friends for giving me a new life and letting me be a part of a wonderful community. 

              -- Written and edited by Jan Ferguson and Lida Liu

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Power Paws for Kids is a 501(c) 3 non-for profit organization providing animal assisted activities programs.  We offer weekly group sessions where participants are matched with a volunteer and their dog for the duration of the program. Activities are goal directed and focus on canine training through positive reinforcement.   

"The Mission of the Organization is to provide the community with an animal assisted program that will help to promote health and well-being through positive interactions with animals."

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