The Princess Tails

The Musings of Zena, a Tibetan Terrier sharing her life and wisdom with Raffles, a Standard Poodle

The Soon-To-Be-Princess


Once upon a time in a land far, far away from other lands a princess was born.

She didn’t know then that she was destined to become a princess. She was black, soft and fluffy with a white star on her chest.

The soon-to-be-princess was a little Tibetan Terrier who expected nothing more from her day than the routine of feeding, sleeping and occasionally a little gentle play. All she knew was the safety of tucking in close to her mother and the nurturing warmth of her presence. Each night her mother’s heartbeat lulled her to sleep.

As the weeks passed she grew bigger but it was only when she snuggled next to her mother that she felt safe.

They called her Bovais Ladyhawk. It  meant nothing to her. It sounded a strong, fierce name and she didn’t feel strong or fierce. In fact, she was a little timid and shy and many things frightened her. The world outside the kennel seemed very loud, very big and very scary. So she stayed close to her mother confident that as long as she could hear that heartbeat, all would be well.

Then one day when she was six weeks old the worst thing she could ever have imagined happened.

She was picked up, taken from her mother, from the little run she had always lived in, and put in a box with a wire front. The soon-to-be-princess was scared. She whimpered and cried. She wanted her mother. She didn’t want to go away.

The soon-to-be-princess was taken on a long journey and when it finished she was very tired but she was also very frightened. There were no familiar smells and she couldn’t see or hear her mother.

She was very anxious.

The soon-to-be-princess with the white star on her chest

Then she was put down onto something soft and springy and for a moment the soon-to-be-princess forgot to be afraid. The stuff she was walking on smelt so good and felt so cool on her paws. She had never felt grass before.

The soon-to-be-princess ran around on the grass with her nose parting the soft blades as she played.

Then she remembered her mother and became afraid again. She cried.

Zena with Zac the All Black

Suddenly a big nose stretched down and touched her nose very gently. The soon-to-be-princess inhaled a familiar smell and looked up into the big brown eyes of her Uncle Zac. He was very excited to see her and they began running around the grass together.

Zac told her that she wasn’t called Ladyhawk anymore. Her new name was Zena.

And that night as she shared his bed and went to sleep with his heartbeat in her ears Zena, or as he liked to call her, The Princess, knew she was home and safe.

Author: Zena

I am The Princess (aka Zena), niece of Zac the All Black and awesome Tibetan Terrier who took me in when I was just a six week pup and tried to teach me all he knew. When I was six and he was eight, Zac crossed over the rainbow bridge and all of a sudden I was alone. I could no longer be the ditzy, happy-go-lucky pup that I had been. This is a diary of how one Princess managed when the world turned real.

19 thoughts on “The Soon-To-Be-Princess

    • Thank you 🙂 I had to shorten it considerably – it could have been a mini-series when I started!! I promise I am trying to move away from Zac centred tales. Zena is the focus of this blog.

  1. Zena should be the focus of this blog but she’s a product of her generous upbringing by Zac. How sweet was that, sharing his bed on the first night?!

  2. What a lovely story Zena..I loves you and Zac sharing the bed 🙂

  3. Those photos of you with Zac are so sweet! He was kind to you.

  4. Lovely story and great photos too xx

  5. What a great story. It is obvious how much Zac meant to you and how much he gave to your upbringing. It is great seeing you as a puppy so whee can see how you became . . . well you!

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

    • thank you. The Producer nearly made it into a series but I put my paw down!! I didn’t mind her introducing me with my cute baby pics but from now on this is a ME blog 🙂

  6. Zena – my Mum and I are so pleased to see you continuing the great story, after your Uncle Zac made his way over the Rainbow Bridge. You look very beautiful in the photos, and I am sure you are going to be a splendid ambassador, just as Zac was.

    Big LICKS from Solo 🙂

    • Thanks. I’ll take your licks and raise you a romp 🙂 Feeling a little lonely right now with no-one to bug when I want to play but you’ll see more pics of me and even if I say so myself I do look good 🙂

  7. The first part was so heartbreaking – being taken away from her mother and crying. Poor little Zena. So glad she found such a wonderful home though and the fact that Zac allowed her to sleep with him was really, really sweet.

    • I am not a brave Tibbie so yes, I was very frightened. Zac was wonderful and it was even better than being with my mother because she has other pups to look after, Zac only had me 🙂

  8. Oh Zena! You completely made our day with this most lovely story!!!! We are sending you HUGE ((((hugs)))))))
    Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. That was a very beautiful story. We love how Uncle Zac took you under his wing, and enjoyed the lovely photos of the two of you.

    • He was great and I am not sure I would be as gracious to a small puppy coming into my house and pestering me! He taught me to be kind and he kept me safe. He is missed.

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