It’s not often that a dog embodies his or her name as well as Princess, 3, does. The little mutt is an “old soul” who joined her family at six weeks old. We sat down with Princess’ owner, Joanne, to find out more about the pooch:
A family friend of ours had a female dog, and then acquired a male dog who they only thought was spayed. Princess was a part of their litter, and needed a home. Since my three daughters played at their house, and loved the dog, my friend encouraged me to take her home. At first, I wasn’t thrilled, but she’s become a member of the family. Princess is very sweet and loving. She’ll know when someone is sick or hurting, and she’ll lay on that body part, as if she can make it better. It’s great to have her here with us.
Princess is actually the most reluctant to wake up out of all of my girls in the morning- she doesn’t want to get out of bed, and she doesn’t want my daughters to leave her to go to school. Once the girls leave for school, she’ll follow me around the house, but she gets excited around 1:30, when she knows that it’s time to go pick up the girls from school. Sometimes, I’ll take her with me to the school, and she really loves that.
Princess loves to run around outside, and she especially loves the snow! Inside, she plays with her stuffed animals- she has a koala that is her favorite. Out of all the treats we give her, she prefers Purina T-Bonz (http://www.purinatbonz.com/).
Princess is a Certified Therapy Dog! She earned her certificate through the Bideawee Learning Center for Pets and People (http://www.bideawee.org/Learning-Centers), in Wantagh, New York. This means that she’s qualified to go into hospitals to work with the sick and elderly.
Madalena is a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. By day, she works on the corporate side of the beauty industry in NYC, working for one of the largest beauty trade shows in North America. Madalena’s passion outside of work is fitness- she recently became licensed as a Zumba(R) instructor, and aims to compete in both a triathlon and half-marathon this year. Madalena loves animals and enjoys meeting dogs and their owners.