Lifestyle Pets Emily Maynard's Birthday Surprise for Daughter Ricki: a New Puppy! The reality star gives her 8-year-old girl a pint-sized pup to mark the milestone By Amy Jamieson Published on June 24, 2013 10:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Emily Maynard’s house just got a whole lot furrier! The former Bachelorette surprised her daughter Ricki with a puppy for her 8th birthday. “The newest addition to our zoo,” reads the caption of an Instagram photo Maynard posted on Sunday showing Ricki greeting a pint-sized white pup adorned with balloons. Ricki, joined by a party pal, looked elated, but there’s no word yet on what her 27-year-old mom’s cats, Holly and Safari, think of the new pet. We’re predicting catfights in the near future. Why? In April, Maynard shared a pic from a dog-sitting gig and wrote, “It’s silly how much I love this dog. My cats are pissed.” Welcoming a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research on breeds.