POMONA (CBS) — April Cooper fell in love with Princess — her Bichon Frise puppy —  the moment she laid eyes on her in a pet store six years ago.

“She was this beautiful, little, sweet little puff ball,” said Cooper. “We just fell in love with her. She had so much personality.”

After bringing the little pup home to Pomona, Princess settled in with her new family. She loved getting rubbed all over. And she loved to romp in the backyard. She liked to romp maybe a little too much. Princess dug a hole under a fence and escaped. “We put out flyers. It was such a sad, sad thing. We prayed a lot about her.”

She went missing all these years. Rachel Kim, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, picks up the story there.

Princess was recently found roaming the streets of Riverside.

Cooper believes she was being well-cared for by a family but recently abandoned and left on the streets.

A Good Samaritan found Princess and took her to the pound, the pound checked her for a microchip and Princess and Cooper were recently reunited.

When she got the call, no one was more surprised that Princess was safe and sound. “I was shocked, I was like ‘What?!'”, said Cooper.

Princess recognized Cooper immediately. “I sat down at the patio table and she instantly jumped into my lap.”

Princess was also found roaming the streets with a dog she has named Bella and Cooper believes Bella is Princess’ daughter.

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