Terry and Rico


Rico is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a breed common in England. Rico joined his People when he was just a puppy. He was a present for their 12-year-old son, Eric, who wanted a 'Staffie' because the breed was known to be loyal, smart, and good with children. Plus, Rico was pretty cool looking!



Rico was a busy puppy with lots of energy. He could play for hours in the yard chasing after his squealing children before curling up on a lap. Rico made friends with the two bossy Chihuahuas and the cat who lived with his People. Rico went to doggy obedience classes to learn his manners and to socialize with other dogs.

Rico grew bigger. He became a great family dog. His favorite activities were wrestling with his boy Eric, hiking along the river, and snuggling on the couch. The years passed happily for Rico until one day, his children were all grown up! They left for college, one by one. Rico was sad. He was also a little bit bored, because hanging out all day with the Chihuahuas and the lazy cat was just not cutting it. Rico had lost his purpose (not to mention his warm spot in the bed!).


Rico still had a lot of love to share. His big smile made people happy, and he loved meeting new people. So in 2017, Rico joined Helping Idaho Dogs and trained to become a therapy dog. Rico passed his Canine Good Citizens Test and Alliance of Therapy Dogs Test. His mom Terry became his handler, and now they are a team.




Rico visits The Terraces Assisted Living Facility regularly and attends activities with Helping Idaho Dogs. Rico considers himself an ambassador for the Bully Breeds, and he loves showing off his sweet and friendly ways. Rico's signature move is sitting on people's feet for a back rub!