Lil' Precious is a 2 year old purebred female Cocker. Precious has been with us for a few months now, learning to be a better dog. She was surrendered to the NYC kill pound from an abusive environment where she learned a\only one crucial skill: how to survive. Now that she's got survival down pat, Precious is picking up some different tools: specifically, how to trust and how to love. While she is a physically healthy girl (spayed, microchipped, current on shots, and heartworm negative), her emotional wounds are taking time to overcome. To really flourish, Precious needs a home in which she can enjoy consistency, structure, tough love when needed, and commitment for the long term. It's amazing to us ... once she understood that we were not prepared to give up on her, ever, Precious began to make great strides. It is very rewarding for us to see how far she has come. Still, she has a long road ahead. Whenever we think of Precious, we are reminded of the poem "Footprints in the Sand", in which a lost soul questions why, on her path through life, God's footprints don't always appear alongside hers. Of course, God's response is now a classic: "The times when you have seen only one set of footprints is when I carried you." Anyone who has lived with a dog for any length of time knows that the bond between dog and owner can be just as spiritual. There are times when we carry them and times when they carry us. Perhaps you will be the one to take Precious in your arms and carry her along until she is ready to walk alongside you. With time, she will surely reciprocate. At some point in your life (we guarantee it) you will look back at your own path through the sand and see a stretch with only paw prints there. And then you will realize just who carried who.