Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Brianne and Emmett — September 29, 2021

Brianne and Emmett

~ Brianne and Emmett ~

A few years ago, Brianne was paired with Emmett, a Pit Bull x Chow Chow. In the time they’ve been together, Emmett has truly had such a positive impact on Brianne’s life and both have brought so much happiness into each other’s lives. 

In 2017, Brianne moved into a new city for her job. It was difficult facing all the new changes, but she was eager to start a new chapter in her life. She had met a breeder who told her they were soon going to have one more litter. As she had been wanting a furry friend, she put her name down for one of the pups. 

When the puppies were born, Brianne went to meet them when they were three weeks old. She immediately fell in love with the only male puppy. He curled up in her lap and was very quiet. Without a doubt, Brianne decided that, once he was old enough, the puppy, Emmett would be her companion. 

Having Emmett has had an immense impact on Brianne. During this time, she was struggling with her mental health. She was away from her family and friends and was finding it a challenge to cope with her symptoms. 

One particularly difficult night, Brianne didn’t know how much more she could cope. Then three-month-old Emmett, sensing she needed help, instantly went to her and put his head in her lap. He gave her hope and strength. 

Not long after, Brianne talked to her mental health team and they all agreed that having Emmett be trained as her service dog would be beneficial. Soon, they both began working on tasks and commands. 

With Emmett at her side, Brianne has had more freedom, a sense of safety, and unconditional love. He has allowed her to live the life she wants to and to know that, no matter what happens in life, Emmett will be right there by her side. 

About a year later, Brianne was finding her mental health to be very difficult to cope with again. She was on the phone with a helpline but didn’t feel she was getting the support she needed. In those moments, Emmett once again saved her. He brought her his favourite toy and, once again, provided her and strength. 

Not only does Emmett help Brianne, but he also helps her roommate. If he senses he may be having challenges with his mental health, Emmett will bring him his favourite toy or simply give him kisses. 

If Brianne is having a tough day, Emmett does all he can to bring a smile to her face. Whether he gives her kisses, performs deep pressure therapy, provides a barrier between strangers, or helping her get out of anxiety-inducing situations, he tries everything he can think of. He can always find the right thing to brighten Brianne’s day. 

Brianne and Emmett love to spend time together. When Emmett isn’t working, he enjoys curling up and relaxing. However, he also follows Brianne around and likes to join her in whatever she is doing. One of Emmett’s favourite activities is playing tug-of-war, which he would happily do all day, every day. 

As well as all this, Emmett encourages Brianne to go outside. They have gone on trail hikes, walks and just out into nature. Even on the days when she doesn’t feel up to leaving the house, Emmett can always convince Brianne to get ready for their next adventure. 

The love that Brianne and Emmett share is so special. It is obvious how much Emmett has improved her life and how much freedom he has given her. They have such a strong bond and have brought immense joy into one another’s lives.

Jacqui and Lance — September 27, 2021

Jacqui and Lance

~ Jacqui and Lance ~

Two years ago, Lance walked into Jacqui’s life. In the time since then, Lance has had such a huge impact on her. Ever since day one, they have formed a very strong bond. 

Jacqui has struggled with having health conditions and disabilities. These can create challenges for her on a daily basis. She found it difficult to have independence and confidence when out. To help her gain some freedom, it was decided that a service dog would be beneficial to her. 

After having this idea, Jacqui spent years looking for her perfect companion. Then, in 2019, she found a breeder who is known to be a very experienced poodle breeder. Of the litter, Jacqui met a small pup and fell instantly in love. 

The pup named Lancelot, or Lance, and Jacqui had an immediate connection. Jacqui was in love with his personality and, of course, how cute he was! After he passed his temperament tests and was old enough, he was able to go home with her. 

Having Lance has been life-changing for Jacqui. He can perform a wide variety of tasks for her, including medical alerts, turning on lights, getting medicine, picking up objects, getting water from the fridge and much more. This has allowed Jacqui to have so much more independence. She can do what she wants, go where she wants and has even enrolled to take university courses, all thanks to Lance. 

Lance has allowed Jacqui to get the most out of her life. In terms of her health, she has never been healthier. She is able to go out and be more active. Each week both Lance and Jacqui go on a new outdoor adventure. As well as this, she also feels safer going out with Lance by her side. 

Not only has Lance helped Jacqui with physical tasks, but he has helped her to gain more happiness in life. He has helped her to live her life to the fullest. They enjoy training together, going for hikes each week, paddleboarding in the summer, trying different sports and simply spending time together. 

No matter what happens in Jacqui’s life, she knows that Lance is right there for her. He has helped her cope, has supported her, given her hope and so much more. She has the freedom and confidence to do what she wants now. Lance has given Jacqui independence and shows her community just how much a service dog can change a life.

Riley and Gatsby — September 24, 2021

Riley and Gatsby

~ Riley and Gatsby ~

Five years ago, Riley met Gatsby. Since then, they have become an amazing team and are inseparable. 

Riley struggles with different health conditions that impact her heart and physical mobility. It was because of this, it was suggested that a service dog would be beneficial. Riley immediately began looking into a potential dog. 

Soon enough, she discovered a new litter of Golden Retriever puppies. Riley and her mum went to meet the breeder and the puppies. As soon as they met them, they both set eyes on one puppy, Gatsby, and immediately knew he was the one. Without a doubt, Riley had found her companion. 

Having Gatsby has helped Riley significantly. He helps through his tasks, such as alerting her to an increase in her heart rate, picking up objects she’s dropped, deep pressure therapy, and much more. 

Not only does he help Riley with physical tasks, but Gatsby provides her with companionship and freedom. She trusts him and knows that no matter what, he’s right there for her. During some of Riley’s toughest moments, Gatsby has supported her and encouraged her to continue fighting. 

If Riley is struggling with her mental health, Gatsby helps to keep her grounded and safe. She knows he is always by her side. Their unconditional love for one another has carried them through so much. 

When Gatsby isn’t working, he and Riley love going to the beach. It’s time for them to spend together and to enjoy each other’s company. Gatsby absolutely loves the water and races across the beachfront.

In early 2021, Riley welcomed Golden Retriever puppy, Cheswick, into her life. One day, he will take over Gatsby’s role as a service dog. For now, he is excited to simply be a puppy and is enjoying some basic training. He has definitely settled into his new life with Riley and Gatsby. 

The impact that Gatsby has had on Riley is huge. He has given her freedom, independence, happiness and love. They both have so much love for each other and it’s obvious in how they look at each other. 

Amanda and Moose — September 22, 2021

Amanda and Moose

~ Amanda and Moose ~

Eight years ago, Amanda rescued Labrador mix puppy, Moose. Since then, Moose has not only become Amanda’s best friend but also her service dog. 

In 2013, Amanda discovered a small puppy who had been abandoned. She was shocked that anyone would want to leave behind such a beautiful pup. There was no way that Amanda was leaving her behind, so she adopted her and named her Moose. 

Ever since Moose has been part of Amanda’s life, she has gained so much more happiness. Since day one, she has been a highlight and source of positivity for Amanda. 

Since 2019, Moose has been undergoing training to be Amanda’s complex post-traumatic stress disorder (c-PTSD) service dog. This is something that has impacted Amanda for a long time. Before Moose, she had struggled with confidence and independence, often finding it hard to leave her house. 

Having Moose has allowed Amanda to find her independence and the confidence to go out into her community. She has been immensely helpful through her public access training in helping Amanda feel safe and supported. She knows that if she ever needs any help, Moose will be right there for her. 

One of the things that Moose does to help Amanda is deep pressure therapy (DPT). This is where a service dog puts their weight on their handler to help lessen any symptoms of anxiety. This was one of the first tasks Moose was trained to perform. When Covid hit, Amanda’s anxiety heightened. Sensing this, Moose immediately performed DPT and helped calm her down. 

Through her work, Moose has shown the community how amazing service dogs are. She is always ready and willing to perform any task, is kind and gentle, and, of course, everyone loves to see her friendly face!

When not out and about, Amanda and Moose love spending time together. They both love to snuggle and enjoy one another’s company. No matter what, Moose is always at Amanda’s side. The happiness and love they have brought to each other’s lives is immeasurable. 

It is obvious how strong of a bond Amanda and Moose share. Moose has given Amanda freedom and has been an amazing companion for her. The love they have for one another is special and can be seen in how they simply look at one another.

Cylie and Sophie — September 20, 2021

Cylie and Sophie

~ Cylie and Sophie ~

Five years ago, Cylie met her service dog, Sophie. Since then, they have become best friends and are now inseparable. 

Cylie struggles with having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can face day-to-day challenges. Because of this, it was decided that a service dog may be helpful. 

Before long, Cylie met a gentle and sweet puppy. It was love at first sight and with the new name of Sophie, she had found her forever person. Not only had Cylie found a service dog, but also a best friend. 

Having Sophie has helped Cylie immensely. Following her training, Sophie can alert Cylie to any potential triggers or before she experiences an episode. If her symptoms become too overwhelming, Sophie will find Cylie’s mother or someone close by to help. 

With Sophie at her side, Cylie can have more independence and confidence when out within her community. She can socialise more, go out, and live her life because of the help and support that Sophie provides. She knows that no matter what, she will be right there for her. 

The love both Cylie and Sophie share for one another is very special. They both just want to help and make each other happy. Cylie is thankful to her companion as she has helped and saved her so many times. 

They both love to spend time together. Cylie and Sophie both enjoy training and practising tasks. When not working, however, going to dog parks is always Sophie’s favourite activity, and of course, simply being in each other’s company. 

It is obvious how much love and care both Cylie and Sophie have for each other. They want nothing but the best for one another and truly share a very special bond.

Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ — September 17, 2021

Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ

~ Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ ~

Just over three years ago, Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ officially opened its doors. The team had been working in rescue for many years but saw there was a great need for a rescue to help dogs in New Zealand who had been chained up, neglected, and/or abused. Many rescues were at capacity and were unable to take these dogs in. It was decided that enough was enough, and so, Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ (CDRRNZ) came to be.  

Many of the dogs who find themselves in the care of CDRRNZ often come from difficult backgrounds. There have been many dogs rescued who may have been chained up for most or even all their life. When they arrive at the rescue, they finally have some freedom. Not only this, but CDRRNZ have also helped to rescue from puppy mills and backyard breeders, helping to make New Zealand a better place for our canine friends. 

While the work can be distressing, it’s so important and helps better the lives of many. CDRRNZ are on a mission to empower owners, rehabilitate dogs, and help educate and advocate for animal welfare. Through their work, they have helped to bring happiness to many dogs and have helped people better understand how to properly treat animals.  

The positives the CDRRNZ team receive far outweigh the negative. From having a litter be born at their shelter, seeing dogs find their freedom for the first time, to helping them find their forever home. The dogs have a completely new perspective on life. They are given care, love, and safety, all things they wouldn’t have known until being rescued.  

Being a charity, any amount of help or support can go a long way. Fostering, donating, volunteering, and even adopting can help a lot. The dogs who find themselves in with CDRRNZ have come from difficult backgrounds. It’s so important for them to find a forever home who can provide love and safety. Not only this, but also simply helping to advocate and spread CDRRNZ’s message. 

The team who work at CDRRNZ all love the work they do. They are all passionate and dedicated to helping improve the lives of the dogs they work with. No matter what, they are driven to give these dogs a better life. Whether they need some time and patience as a result of trauma, or some extra love due to neglect, they are right there to ensure that each dog gets what they need.  

Nothing motivates the team at CDRRNZ more than seeing the dogs happy and free. When a dog finds their forever home, the CDRRNZ team are beyond thrilled. Knowing they are going to a loving family after a difficult life makes all the difference.  

The impact that Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ have on the dogs they rescue and the greater community is amazing. The dogs they help are forever changed for the better. As well as this, they are helping make New Zealand more aware of animal welfare one step at a time, making it better for everyone. 

Beckie and Win — September 15, 2021

Beckie and Win

~ Beckie and Win ~

A few years ago, Beckie met small puppy, Charles Stanley ‘Win’ Dogwin. Ever since then, they have become a great team and have formed a very special bond.

Beckie has struggled with different health conditions. Unfortunately, this can present some challenges for her on a daily basis. This led to it being recommended that a service dog might be helpful for her. 

Without hesitation, Beckie searched for her best companion. She soon met a small and scruffy puppy at a doggy daycare. She admired his relaxed personality and how well he was around other dogs and people. 

It was soon decided that this pup, named Charles Stanley Dogwin, would be Beckie’s service dog – although he usually goes by Win. 

There was a bit of an adjustment period for Win. He wasn’t used to the busy and noisy environment that was the city. It was a challenge, but with Beckie’s care, he has been able to thrive in a more bustling community. 

Having Win in her life has helped Beckie immensely. He helps her to navigate day-to-day life. With him, she has gained more confidence and independence. He helps her to manage her conditions with different tasks. From retrieving objects to interrupting negative behaviours and much more. 

Not only has Win helped Beckie with his task work, but he has also helped her by simply being a companion. Beckie has been able to get out more and be active within her community. Win encourages her to go on adventures by exploring their surroundings. 

With Win, he has also allowed Beckie to meet new friends. Win is always a good talking point and people are often very interested in learning more about him. 

During the 2020 pandemic, Beckie would have virtual work meetings. Often Win would be in the background and brighten everyone’s day. He can bring a smile to anyone’s face and this definitely helped during the time of uncertainty. 

When not working, Beckie and Win enjoy spending time together. They love going on hikes, on new adventures, and meeting new people. They also enjoy trying new activities, such as agility training. It’s time just for them to be in each other’s company and to strengthen their bond.

The impact Win has had on Beckie has been immeasurable. Her life has been changed. They share so much love for one another. The bond they share is truly so special. 

Mercedes and Rocco — September 13, 2021

Mercedes and Rocco

~ Mercedes and Rocco ~

Two years ago, Labradoodle pup, Rocco, was adopted by Mercedes. Since then, he has become a therapy dog and helps children in New Zealand with their reading. 

In 2019, Rocco joined the MentorEd Trust after becoming a fully-trained therapy dog through New Zealand Therapy Dogs. MentorEd was founded by Mercedes. They provide trained volunteer mentors for children facing certain challenges in life. One of the main tasks they help with is reading. Simply having Rocco sitting there and offering reassurance has helped many children. Unsurprisingly, Rocco is the team’s most popular volunteer!

Rocco was a natural at helping people feel at ease and bringing joy to all who met him. Because of this, he has made a great addition to MentorEd. He visits schools in New Zealand five times per week as part of the ‘Reading With Rocco’ programme. 

Having Rocco has helped many of the children they visit to open up and feel more relaxed than they may feel around other people. Children can pet Rocco’s soft, curly coat as they read and he is happy to listen to them if they have anything they would like to talk about. It can have a huge impact on many of the kids they work with. Petting him can help calm the children, as well. Seeing him always brightens their day!

Whenever Mercedes brings Rocco into a reading session, the children’s faces instantly brighten. Seeing him brings them so much happiness and joy. Not only does it may the children happy, but Rocco very much enjoys the attention and love he always receives!

It is evident how much of an impact both Mercedes and Rocco have had on their community. The love they have for each other is also very strong. No matter what may happen in the day and what challenges they hear of, they know that they have one another.

Chris, Jazzy, Jojo and Benji — September 10, 2021

Chris, Jazzy, Jojo and Benji

~ Chris, Jazzy, Jojo and Benji ~

A few years ago, Chris welcomed Jazzy into their life. Not long after, Jojo and then Benji were rescued and given a forever home. Now, the four of them are one big family. 

In 2018, a friend of Chris’ dad was looking to rehome his dog, Jazzy as he could no longer look after her. Chris fell in love with Jazzy and she has become a big part of their life. 

Having Jazzy was life-changing for Chris. They were struggling a lot with mental health issues and unhealthy coping mechanisms. Jazzy helped them realise that in order to properly look after her, they had to work on their recovery. She truly became Chris’ beam of hope. 

Then, in 2020, Chris met Jojo. She had shown up at their doorstep, malnourished and in need of some care. They instantly brought her inside and made sure she got the help she deserved. 

It was an adjustment for Jazzy, but soon enough, they became good friends and now enjoy playing and spending time together. 

Around the same time, Chris was going through a tough break-up. It had a big impact on their mental health. Luckily, having Jojo helped them through it. Having both Jazzy and Jojo gave Chris something to focus on and care for. They both helped them so much during that challenging period. 

Two months after welcoming Jojo into their home, Benji arrived. He found his way to Chris’ home and they immediately went to his aid. Benji, while only four-year-old, had obviously had a very difficult life. He had scars all over his body, was malnourished and his teeth were severely worn down. 

It was heartbreaking for Chris to see this, however, they took Benji in. It has been a long journey to recovery, but Benji is slowly moving towards a happy and healthy life. 

Jazzy, Jojo and Benji have all had such a big impact on Chris. They now all love one another and have brought so much love and light into each other’s lives. 

Kasy, Nessa and Epione — September 8, 2021

Kasy, Nessa and Epione

~ Kasy, Nessa and Epione ~

Over the last five years, Kasy and her service dogs, Nessa and Epione, have formed a very special bond. They have all helped one another and have each brought joy to the other’s lives.  

Kasy has struggled with some health issues. She had found it difficult to have independence and freedom, as well as doing every day chores. Because of this, it was decided that a service dog would be beneficial for her.  

In 2015, Kasy welcomed Nessa into the world. Kasy helped deliver Nessa and from that moment, she knew they were meant to be together. She fell in love instantly, and from there, a special bond began to form.   

Having Nessa by her side has had such an impact on Kasy’s life. Together, they’ve gone through a lot, but because of each other, they’ve gotten through it. Nessa flourished as Kasy’s service dog. Because of the bond they already had, they found mutual trust and comfort in one another.  

There have been many times that Nessa has saved Kasy. She has been able to easily recognise when Kasy needs help. Nessa lets Kasy know if she needs to rest, help aid her if she experiences a dizzy spell, guiding her to somewhere safe when in the community, and more.  

As a result of Nessa’s support, Kasy’s life has changed immensely. She now has more independence and confidence in life. No matter what, Nessa is always ready by her side to offer comfort and security for her human. She has truly had a huge impact on Kasy’s life and wellbeing, something that she was unsure she would ever have. 

In late 2020, Kasy welcomed a second dog into their home, Epione. Kasy had heard of a new litter being born in October of that year. As Nessa would soon be retiring, she felt that this new litter might hold her next service dog. When the litter would have been 8 weeks old, Kasy went to meet them in person. One puppy in particular stood out, Epione. From that moment, she found her forever home.  

While Epione is still learning about being a service dog, she has already helped Kasy a lot. She reminds her to take things slowly and to appreciate the small things. In the short amount of time they’ve been together, they’ve certainly created a strong bond.  

When off duty, Kasy, Nessa and Epione enjoy simply spending time together. Both dogs enjoy being active and going out and about, especially hiking together. Nessa loves to swim and enjoy being in the water when she can. As well as this, Kasy hopes Epione can get involved in some form of sport someday, too. Other times, when they may want to just relax, they all enjoy each other’s company, whether for a snuggle or just being together.

The impact that both Nessa and Epione have had on Kasy is amazing. They all share a very special bond that shows just how much they all care for each other. Nessa has helped Kasy to be where she is today, and Epione is there to support her in where she’s going. Above all, it is evident how much Nessa and Epione mean to Kasy, and how much she means to them.