*as of 12/7/2020
Hi I'm Nala, my name means successful, and that is exactly what I am determined to be. Though, maybe it should have been "Rowdy." As you can see, I am the prettiest girl ever. What you may not be able to see is how confident and assertive I am. I know what I need, and I am not afraid to let you know. I love, love, love to play with all of my bigger brothers, and I can certainly hold my own. I love to cuddle and give kisses. I am extremely smart and learn just by watching others. I am destined to be the best helper my recipient will ever have, and I believe I can be. Thank you for supporting me, and believing in me too.
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August 2021 Update
Hi, everybody! I'm currently at CMC so I can get more experience with different handlers! Things are a lot different here. I’m having a lot of fun though. My friends are teaching me that I’m a big girl. I can knock down barriers that are in my way, and run up ramps that move. Sometimes I’m a little scared, but I’m getting over my fears, and it feels great! Well, that’s it for now, I'll keep you guys updated.
June 2021 Update
Hi everyone! It is Princess Nala! Did you notice that I am Princess Nala, not Lil Princess? That is because I had a birthday two months ago and I am not little anymore. Yeah, I am only 2 years, 2 months old in your years, but in my years, I am like an adult now. So now that means it is almost time for me to go out into the world with whoever is going to be my recipient.
Joey has been talking to me about this for a long time so I am ready and I am excited to start my life outside of here. I know my recipient is going to be awesome. And I hope they have a pool too, so I can wade in it a lot in case they go swimming I will be there to watch and save them if need be. Matter of fact since the pool can be so dangerous I will probably spend most of the summer in there so they are extra, extra safe.
Other than that, we got a lot of new guys now who are waiting for more puppies to come so I have been teaching them stuff for when the puppies come. They are all pretty smart, not as smart as me but pretty smart. They all should pass their test in the next couple of weeks and then I should leave in a month or so. Things have really moved along here with all of our new staff, handlers and now that the pandemic is almost over it is going to be an exciting new year here at PVSP.
Oh, yea! We are celebrating our 2-year anniversary this Saturday. Well, I hope you guys are all staying safe, healthy, and staying cool this summer. Thank you for all you do out there for all of us in here. Love Miss Nala.
Hi everyone! Yep, it’s me, your favorite Lil Princess. Guess what?! I am a teenager now. Well two in your years, but 14 in mine! My brothers, Koa and Delta, had birthdays too! I’m learning a bunch of new stuff, but most importantly, I am learning how to be nice to new dogs. I did meet any for a while during COVID so I have been a little suspicious when I see dogs I don’t know. I am getting over it, I just need to meet more dogs, or really just take the time to get to know new dogs. I was uneasy seeing new people too, but we have had so many visitors over the last several weeks so I have gotten good at new people. If only they all brought their dogs, it would be good.
We had the Secretary of CDCR come see us a few weeks ago and she loved our program. We also had people from three different prisons come to see us. Even national politicians are sending their people to see us, so we are becoming famous I think (though I have always been famous). So I am helping my brother cope with all of the stares. Being a Princess makes you feel like a fish in a bowl sometimes, but that is the price of being Gorgeous! Well, I hope you are all safe and healthy out there and getting out more now that things are getting better. I will write to you again next month. I hope you all know how grateful I am for everything you have done out there to help us here through this last year! Love Nala
May 2021 Update
Hi, everybody! It’s your favorite lil' girl Nala! So much has happened since I talked to you last. I have learned what a water bottle is and how it is different from a pill bottle. I also learned how to pick one up and bring it to Joey without crushing it. It was hard at first because I love the crinkle it makes but I got it in no time. Then I went to get Joey the pill bottle and after that, he said he would need water if he had to take pills so I got him a full water bottle. He said he was especially proud that I put both right into his hand.
Yeah, I am the best, that is just what I do. Joey and the guys made a couple of store isles for us to practice going to the store and walking with carts and stuff. He said in a couple of days we are going to try it with bags of food on each side to see if I can mind my manners. I told him I am going to try real hard to do real good. He will probably start with yucky stuff so I am not tempted beyond my control to start with. He said it might be hard to find a bunch of stuff like that because I am a Labrador. I guess he thinks I will eat anything. Silly Joey, I won’t eat grapefruit duh!
We also had a bunch of visitors who came to see what we do and we have been getting ready for the Secretary of CDR to come next week too because she said she wants to meet us while she is here. I feel really special and honored that so many people are taking an interest in what we do here. I hope they want to make it possible for more dogs to come here and be prepared to help those who give everything to keep us all safe. Well, wish us luck, though. Joey says that preparation + opportunity = luck, so we have been getting prepared for a while. But we could always use your support and your prayers. So thank you all so much for all that you do for us in here from out there.
I will talk to you sooner than later, I love you all. Please stay healthy and safe out there and keep rooting us on as a bunch of us are getting ready to graduate from PVSP in six months or so.
March 2021 Update
Hi everyone! It’s your favorite little girl, Nala, again! We have had an awesome month here at PVSP. I have learned a few new things, like how to go get help, and how to come back to my handler in an emergency. Well almost, but I will get it because I am really smart! A bunch of people came to see us and wanted to know about what we do here. I think they were from another prison that is interested in starting their own dog program.
The guys got to share how much all of us (the dogs) mean to them, and we got to show off our skills. I got to go first because I am the lady and ladies go first. Well, Joey says because I am the smartest, but tell all my brothers because I am a lady. I executed my skills perfectly, and so did my brothers. It went very well, I hear we may have another one this week too. I will be ready. Any way we can help more dogs be able to help more veterans and first responders is awesome, and I am proud to show off if it means more programs will start at more prisons. Well, that is it from me, from here, for now! I hope you are feeling healthy and loved like I am.
February 2021 Update
January 2021 Update
Hi everyone! I am so happy to be back home. We got right back to work too! I love to work. I haven't forgotten anything either. I love to learn. I had really missed all my brothers and all the handlers at PVSP. Well, Lil Jimmy got to go home with me. He has been like a little brother to me and I always like to make sure he is ok and stuff. We have a special friendship for sure.
Well, I am going to start working on some new stuff now that we are back on track. I’m going to work on going to get help just in case my future recipient ever has an emergency. I’ll also be working on not smelling gopher holes. I will let you guys know how it goes next month. Talk to you then!
Your Lil’ Princess Nala
Hi everyone! it’s little princess, Nala. I just wanted to send you all a quick note to say hi! I am on vacation from PVSP for a few weeks because people got sick. everything is good
I have been working on my manners a lot and Joey says I will be a perfect little lady sooner than later. We took a break from working on skills but did some for fun last week. I remembered how to take off a jacket, and how to go get something the first time Joey asked me if I could do it. Those things seem to be easy for me. Now I just need to keep working on being calm around people, other dogs, and small animals. Once I get that down, I know I will graduate as a service dog. Well, stay safe and healthy and I will write again soon!
November 2020 Update
October 2020 Update
It's your favorite little princess, Nala! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy out there. Things have been good in here since no one has gotten sick. My brother Delta got hurt and I haven't seen him in a while. I have missed playing with him. He's not only my brother but he is also my best friend! I think I've been doing naughty things lately and wound up on the naughty list. Good thing it's not December!
I went on an outing with Kate and I forgot all of my manners. Joey says that some people might think I'm a wild animal. He said that's what they thought about Ol' Yeller too. I don't know who that is but he sounds like a brave guy! Joey says I was just having an off day and that I'm going to ace the next outing for sure. Since then, we have been working on my manners. We always work on manners but now we have been really focusing on them in different situations. Joey says that this will help me know exactly what to do in similar situations when I am with my recipient. I know I can do much better with Joey's help. Joey says that if I don't get it, he'll probably get put in. the shed that Ol' Yeller lived in. I sure hope it's a nice shed because I love Joey and I don't want him to get any splinters.
Well, I love you guys! Thank you for all that you do for us out there. Stay safe, healthy, and happy.
September 2020 Update
August 2020 Update
July 2020 Update
It's been a great mont so far! I have been staying at my puppy parents' home a lot and I LOVE it. I do miss my handler Joey when I am not with him but I know that it's good to experience new things and new people. I went to the lake for the first time! I saw the water and I wasn't sure what it was so I didn't feel comfortable but eventually I went in just a little bit. I enjoyed the shade more than I did the water though. Well stay safe everyone!
Hi everyone! It's your favorite little princess Nala! I hope you are all safe and healthy and getting to go back to work. I love to work and I think I would go crazy if they said I couldn't. I've been working hard the last few months on colors, easy leash walking, and taking off shoes, socks, and a new jacket, (which I am great at.) I've also worked on getting help or just getting a certain person, opening doors, remembering where I left a certain ball the day before, and a lot of other stuff.
I get to go out and see my Puppy Parent family this month. I missed them so, so much. I love, love my Joey, but I have been stuck in here with all these boys for a while. Well, I am going to get back to work now. I hope you guys can too. Thank you for all you do for us.
June 2020 Update