Meet Princess Leia.
The Broadway loving, super talented, Insta-famous pooch and her story of how she went from ‘rags to riches’.
Petbar username: RockSteadyRose (user) and PresentingPrincessLeia (pet account)
What does Leia mean to you?
She means the absolute world to me!
She’s our therapist, comedian, broadway performer, music-loving snob, and a very fussy princess who deserves the whole world.
What is the story behind adopting Leia?
We found her/she found us shortly after my dad passed away unexpectedly.
We were driving and pulled into an abandoned lot where there was only a dumpster, to make sure I had my wallet.
That’s where we found her – covered in bugs, syrup (and who knows what else), and too weak to walk.
I called my mum to tell her that we found a puppy, and she said at that moment she was looking up at the stars asking for ‘a sign’ from my dad to let us know he was okay.
We truly believe that Leia was a sign from my dad, and a gift.
We named her Leia in honor of him because he loved Star Wars.
The first few years were kind of hard. She’d have night terrors where she’d wake up screaming and scratching as if bugs were crawling on her, and to this day, she’s terrified of bugs and will fixate if a bug comes near her.
She also had very bad separation anxiety, but we discovered that she loves it when I sing, especially Broadway music. It puts her right to sleep.
So when we’re not a home, we play a recording of me singing her favorite Broadway songs, and she goes right to sleep!
Leia also loves dressing up. When you put clothes on her, she wags her tail like crazy!
If you could ask her any question, what would it be and why?
The serious question:
Why are you so terrified of sewers, little flags, bugs, yard signs, water, men, etc?
I’m sure she’s afraid of all of these things because of her past, but I’d still love to know the reasoning behind it… I think.
1) Why do you sometimes stop every five seconds when we’re going for a walk?
Is it because you’re just taking it all in, or you’ve come to some grand realization about life, or WHY?!
Sometimes she literally stops every five seconds on a walk and just stands there staring at nothing and won’t move.
2) You tend to fall asleep more easily when I sing Les Mis than when I sing Evita.
So, do you actually like one more than the other, do I just not sing one as well as the other, OR WHAT?
What do you think it means to be a pet owner?
Being a pet owner means… getting to wake up every morning to THE BEST DOG EVER!
It’s a wonderful feeling knowing how far she’s come.
But being a pet owner also means remembering that each pet is unique and we need to treat them with respect, patience, and understanding, and be attentive to their individual needs.
Leia is our ‘particular’ princess who’s gone from a dumpster to a diva dog.
She was throwing up rocks when we found her, and she’s always had some health issues.
She’s had several surgeries to remove tumors from her neck, and she has an autoimmune disease. Because of this she used to have trouble walking.
But this seems to be under control now.
We also have to be very careful with what she eats, when she eats, and where she walks (no public dog parks, etc), as she is very sensitive to many things.
So as Leia’s ‘owners,’ we must pay extra attention to her nutrition and everyday routine.
What is your favourite thing about Petbar?
Honestly – I love EVERYTHING about it. I love that you can watch videos on the app, that it features pet social media accounts, that it allows you to connect with businesses, and that it has a very strong community aspect to it.
It’s basically a pet lovers’ dream app!
Why did you decide to start a social media account for Leia?
For years, people have been telling us to get a social media account for Leia because they loved all of the posts I uploaded of her on my own socials!
Side note: I posted about her on my own socials way more than I posted about myself!
So one day this year, I finally decided that it was time to start an Instagram account because the world deserves to know about Leia.
Leia’s Instagram displays who I think she’d be if she could talk in ‘human’ language.
She’s sarcastic, witty, and talks in ‘Leia lingo’
‘Fluffin’ is basically her catchphrase – like: “ARE YOU FLUFFIN KIDDING ME”.
She also complains about her ‘fam,’ but at the same time, shows people that she loves us.
She’s punny as ‘fluff’,’ and her photos aren’t always glamour shots.
I also like to add a pop of colour to her photos because I feel that’s who she is. When I look at her, I see a rainbow because she makes my heart feel so warm and happy.
What opportunities have arisen since?
Leia has won several contests, and she’s been featured on numerous large accounts including Rescue Pets Of Instagram and Dogs Of Instagram!
She’s also been featured or shouted out by celebrities like Sarah Hyland from Modern Family, Andrea Barber from Full House, Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things, and several Broadway performers!