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Nova Gets a Puppy

A little girl named Nova from San Ramon learned this holiday season she’ll be getting the puppy of her dreams, a Labradoodle, this month.

Nova, 4, who has leukemia, got the exciting news of a new cuddly best friend at Macy’s Pleasanton on Dec. 4. She had been selected by Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to be granted her wish for a puppy on a Wish Wednesday. 

As part of Macy’s annual Believe holiday campaign, the retailer teamed up with Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization, to make the wishes of kids’ suffering from critical illnesses come true on Wednesdays throughout the holidays. 

In Nova’s case, said Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, said  spokesman Ben Feder, she and her family and friends arrived at the Stonebridge Shopping Center at 9 a.m. The animated youngster went to Macy’s where she wrote a letter to Santa Claus requesting a puppy. She then went on a storewide scavenger hunt collecting presents that included everything she’ll need for a new pup — food, bedding, toys, and other pet supplies. It was the jolly old man himself who told the little girl that she’d be getting a real live puppy.

Thanks to puppy party and event planner Puppy Love Party and Underdog Animal Rescue of Lafayette, Nova had a little quality puppy playtime and a surprise puppy education class at the store taught by local puppy trainers. Nova received a “Puppy Expert Certificate” for completing the class. 

Nova and her family have already settled on a name for their new precious pup: Coco.

One of the largest chapters nationwide, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area has granted over 8,000 wishes in its 17 Northern California counties, and 2019 marked its 35th years of granting wishes. Anyone can suggest a child for a wish, with the consent of the child’s parents. Make-A-Wish has three requirements to qualify for a wish: The child should be over 2½ and under 18 years of age at the time of referral; the child’s physician must certify that the child meets the organization’s medical criteria; and the child has not been granted a wish from a wish-granting organization.

Also this season, Macy’s asked customers of all ages to pen letters to Santa and drop them off in store mailboxes or submit them online at Macy’s pledged to donate $1, up to $1 million, for each letter submitted to Make-A-Wish to help grant more wishes for children like Nova.





Captions for photos: Nova and her family arrived at Macy’s and embarked on a store scavenger hunt for dog supplies and met Santa who let Nova know she’ll be getting a real puppy. Her wish for a puppy was granted through Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. Party planner Puppy Love Party and nonprofit Underdog Animal Rescue had a few dogs on hand so Nova could practice her cuddling skills. She earned a certificate that said she’s a puppy expert.

Main article photo by: Photos by Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area