Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Mikala, Chester, Raven and Willow — April 22, 2022

Mikala, Chester, Raven and Willow

~ Mikala, Chester, Raven and Willow ~

A couple of years ago, Mikala welcomed lorikeet, Chester, into her life. Not long after, she adopted Raven, then Willow. Since then, they have become a very close and loving family. 

Having always been an animal lover, Mikala and her partner were looking to adopt an animal from their local pet store in December of 2018. Initially, they were looking into getting some fish, but then they saw Chester. Chester, a rainbow lorikeet, was at the bottom of his cage and ignoring everything around him. However, when he saw Mikala and her partner, he instantly engaged with them. From that moment, Mikala knew he had chosen then and they adopted him that same day. 

A year later, Raven was welcomed into Mikala’s home. She had been Mikala’s partner’s family dog but when she was two years old, Mikala adopted her. As soon as she met the German Shepherd pup, she was instantly in love. 

Then, in 2020, Mikala found Willow. Unfortunately, she lost her cat Otis and was devastated. A few weeks later, Mikala received a call about another kitten, with an interesting background, looking for a home. She had been spayed but went missing for 2.5 months, when turned up at Mikala’s aunt’s house! Mikala felt it was meant to be and drove for three hours to go pick her up.

Mikala has struggled with health issues, and having Raven has greatly helped her. She motivates her human to stay active and get out of the house each day for walks. This has had a huge impact on Mikala’s mental and physical health. Not only this, but Raven has also been a big support for Mikala during her studies. From encouraging her to get some fresh air to simply being there, Raven never fails to brighten her human’s day.

Having Chester has brought a new sense of joy to Mikala’s life. Chester is protective of his humans, especially Mikala, and has a lot of character. Mikala has learnt a lot about birds, too. Initially, she thought it would be easier than a cat or dog, but soon found he is quite high-maintenance. While he’s the smallest member of the family, he is definitely the boss of the house!

Raven has had a huge impact on Mikala. From encouraging her to be more active to helping her to make new friends, both human and canine. They go on adventures together, too. Mikala loves doing obedience and scent training with Raven and it has made their bond even stronger in doing so. She has brought so much joy and love into Mikala’s life. 

The youngest of the family, Willow, has also had a big impact on Mikala and her partner. She loves company and is especially close with Mikala’s partner. Each morning, Willow curls up on his chest and will excitedly greet him when he gets home from work. As well as this, any time she hears the treats being opened, she immediately runs to the source. Willow loves being around her family, however, Chester has learnt how to meow and often enjoys teasing her! 

It’s obvious that Chester, Raven and Willow have had a huge impact on Mikala. They have helped her through many difficult times and have made the good times better. The love and care they all have for one another is truly special. 

Cara and Edna — April 20, 2022

Cara and Edna

~ Cara and Edna ~

Last year, Edna changed Cara’s life. During one of the most difficult times in Cara’s life, Edna was right there to help her.

A few years ago, one of Cara’s close friends adopted Edna. However, when she went to university, she had to leave Edna with her parents as animals weren’t allowed there. During this time, Cara became very unwell. Her friends’ parents offered to have her stay with them while she recovered. 

As she moved in, Cara took over the care of Edna. It wasn’t long before they became great friends. Cara loved watching Edna do zoomies around the house, with her fur puffed up and green eyes wide. Each morning, Edna would go into Cara’s room and soothe her with purrs or sit in her lap and just looks up. 

Cara has struggled with pain disorders and mental health issues. This can cause pain attacks, panic attacks, paralysis and difficult emotions. Whenever she experiences these episodes, no matter what she’s doing or where she is, Edna will find Cara and comfort her. Whether it’s simply being by her human’s side, giving her cuddles or massaging the painful areas. Knowing that she cares so much has had a big impact on Cara’s overall wellbeing and feeling safer. 

Sometimes, as a result of her mental health issues, Cara experiences severe nightmares. Recently, after a particularly scary nightmare, Edna woke up Cara by placing her paws on her chin and purring loudly. When Cara woke up, Edna rested on her chest. This was like a weighted blanket and greatly helped to relax her human. As well as this, it reminded Cara to take deeper breaths and to ground herself in the present. 

Edna has provided Cara with a sense of companionship. She knows that, no matter what, Edna is right there beside her. If she’s having a tough time, talking to her furry friend can be a huge relief. As well as this, having Edna allows Cara to focus on something else and have a purpose each day. 

Not only does Edna provide Cara with a sense of hope, but she spreads so much joy and positivity. Each day, she brings so much laughter through zoomies and her playfulness. Cara loves when Edna chases her feet under the blankets. They’ll happily play this for as long as they both have the energy to. 

Each day, Edna brings so much happiness into Cara’s life. She has been life-changing and has had a huge impact on Cara’s recovery. The love that they share for one another is so strong and will only continue to flourish.

Kitten Kay Sera and Pinkaboo — April 18, 2022

Kitten Kay Sera and Pinkaboo

~ Kitten Kay Sera and Pinkaboo ~

About two years ago, Kitten Kay Sera welcomed sweet Pomeranian pup, Pinkaboo, into her life. Since then, they have brought so much love and positivity into the world with their rosy pink life.  

Kitten Kay Sera, also known as the ‘Pinkest Person in The World; and ‘Queen of Pink’, has made quite a name for herself. She surrounds herself in all shades of pink and brings a lot of happiness to those who follow her. 

In 2020, Kitten saw photos and videos of a cute little Pomeranian puppy. In May of that same year, she met the pup and fell instantly in love. The pup loved cuddles and was so sweet, Kitten had no doubt in her mind that they were meant to be. From that moment, she decided to adopt her and named her Pinkaboo. 

Wanting to share her passion for pink, Kitten wanted a healthy and safe way to colour Pinkaboo’s fur. She tried beet juice and it worked perfectly. After talking to Pinkaboo’s vet, it was approved as a natural and non-toxic way to dye her fur. And so, that’s what she has done ever since so Kitten can be the pinkest person and Pinkaboo the pinkest pup. 

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, Kitten was immensely grateful to have Pinkaboo. During the difficult and scary time, Kitten was isolated and away from her friends and family. Pinkaboo helped her to cope. She provided her with comfort and entertainment. From keeping her company, encouraging her to go for walks, and just being a sweet little pup, she made the lockdown so much better. 

Having Pinkaboo has had a huge impact on Kitten. Wherever she goes, she spreads so much joy and happiness with her bubbly personality. People often stop her for a pawtograph! Whenever she meets a new friend, Pinkaboo will roll over, waiting for a belly rub. She never fails to bring a smile to all those around her.

A year after adopting Pinkaboo, she and Kitten were even on the cover of Vogue magazine! They featured in the pink issue of Vogue Portugal and shared their rose coloured life with the world. Pinkaboo had a cameo in Kitten’s music video for her song, ‘Pink Universe’ too. Not only this, but they also appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show in February. 

When not modelling or making public appearances, Kitten and Pinkaboo simply enjoy each other’s company. One of their favourite things is going to the beach. Kitten rents a pink bike and will ride along the beach trail for hours with Pinkaboo in her own comfortable, and pink, backpack. At home, if Kitten is dancing, Pinkaboo is always excited to join her. 

Every day of Kitten’s is full of love, joy, and, of course, pink, thanks to Pinkaboo. They spread happiness with so many people. The bond they share is truly amazing.

Cynthia and Buttercup — April 15, 2022

Cynthia and Buttercup

~ Cynthia and Buttercup ~

Just over two years ago, Cynthia met Buttercup, a Holland Lop rabbit. They fell instantly in love and have been best friends ever since. 

For as long as she can remember, Cynthia has always wanted a rabbit. In 2020, she and her partner were looking to adopt a pet. They had wanted to adopt a dog, but living in an apartment meant they weren’t allowed to. One day, while at a pet store, Cynthia met a very sweet little white and brown rabbit – Buttercup. She knew immediately that Buttercup would be perfect and decided to adopt her. 

Since adopting Buttercup, Cynthia’s life has changed for the better. Knowing she has her fluffy companion by her side reminds her she’s not alone. After a particularly tough day, knowing she will be met by Buttercup can make all the difference. She can bring a smile to her human’s face by being herself and just make each day so much brighter. 

One of Cynthia’s favourite things is simply being around Buttercup. Whether she’s interacting with or just watching her furry friend, it allows her to just be in the moment. They love spending time together, they especially love laying down on the couch together for cuddles. 

Cynthia and Buttercup share such a beautiful bond. They have brought joy and love into each other’s life. It is easy to see how much they mean to one another.

Thor and Dudeman — April 13, 2022

Thor and Dudeman

~ Thor and Dudeman ~

A few years ago, Dudeman found his forever home with Thor. They quickly became best friends and formed a very special bond. Since then, they have spread positivity through sharing their story. 

Thor has always loved animals, especially dogs. One night, he was chosen by a hopeful pup. When he returned home after a long day, he was greeted by a loud bark. A stray dog had been left outside his house and had chosen to stay there. Thor was instantly in love and decided to adopt him and called him Prince Dudeman, or simply Dudeman. 

As someone with a hearing impairment, Thor was glad to have a dog who could alert him to sounds. Dudeman has also helped Thor to spread joy through their journey together, both locally and worldwide. Not only this, but Dudeman has also provided Thor with a focus and has helped him learn to put others first. 

In 2020, Dudeman was diagnosed with severe glaucoma. As a result of this, he had to undergo a major surgery to have the cancer removed from his eyes. While this thankfully got rid of the cancerous cells, it led to him becoming permanently blind. Seeing him go through this was difficult for Thor, but Dudeman’s courage and passion for life was a constant source of inspiration. 

Despite going through all he did, Dudeman has a zest for life and lives each day to the fullest. He and Thor have done performances and been part of different shows. They have appeared on Nickolodean shows and Netflix series. In their down time, they enjoy surfing together and going on hikes. As a team, they share the message that nothing is impossible with audiences across the world. 

Through thick and thin, Thor and Dudeman have been by each other’s side. Dudeman has brought so much light and love into Thor’s life and continues to inspire him every day. The love they have for one another and bond they share is truly special.

Emma and Loki — April 11, 2022

Emma and Loki

~ Emma and Loki ~

Two years ago, Emma met her best friend, Loki. Since then, they have formed such a strong and loving bond. They have been there for each other through thick and thin and care so much for one another. 

Emma has always been an animal lover and had always wanted a dog. One day, while scrolling through social media, she discovered a litter of puppies. They had been brought in to their local rescue and were looking for their forever homes. She arranged a meeting and fell in love with a small and quiet puppy. After looking into his eyes, there was no doubt in Emma’s mind he was her pup. She decided to adopt him and named him Loki, after the Norse God of Mischief. 

It didn’t take long after bringing Loki home that he certainly grew into his name. Emma found him to be full of beans and had a lot of energy to spare, with a mischievous streak! Because of this, he has helped Emma to be more active and encourages her to go out each day and explore. From beaches to parks, any adventure is something Emma and Loki enjoy doing together. 

Something that Loki especially loves is going camping with Emma. He enjoys resting in her rooftop tent and waking up surrounded by trees. Seeing his excitement while sniffing and exploring never fails to make Emma smile. As well as this, they enjoy sitting together in the warmth of the sun and just spending time in each other’s company. 

Each day, Loki brings a lot of happiness into Emma’s life. No matter what, he can always bring a smile to her face, and Emma ensures that every day is filled with lots of fun and hugs for Loki. They share such a beautiful bond and have so much love for each other. 

Ingrid and Ella — April 8, 2022

Ingrid and Ella

~ Ingrid and Ella ~

Just over six years ago, Ingrid adopted Labrador, Ella. After a challenging start to life, Ella has flourished and has now become part of the student support team at Otago University. 

In 2015, Ella found her forever home. Originally, she came from Western Johannesburg, South Africa. She was rescued by Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) and was cared for there. While there, she met Ingrid, who had been working at CLAW. They had an instant connection and Ingrid decided to adopt Ella. Not long after adopting Ella, Ingrid and her family moved New Zealand.

Four years later, Ella went in to be interviewed with the Otago University Student Support. Suffice to say, she passed with flying colours and has worked there ever since. Ella loves to be around people and she helps students feel more relaxed and happier whenever they pay her a visit. 

Ella also just seems to know when a student needs a bit of extra care. She’s certainly a valued member of the university and has had a huge impact on everyone who meets her! Getting to work and live with Ingrid has also been great for both her and Ella. 

When not at Otago University, Ella enjoys walks around the neighbourhood and along the beach with her humans. It’s one of her favourite times as she gets to spend time with just her humans and she gets a chance to further explore her community. At the end of the day, however, she simply loves spending time with her family and her 3-legged cat friend, Fred. 

The impact that Ella has had on Ingrid and the greater community has been incredible. She has brought so much happiness to everyone she meets and no matter what, just manages to spread a bit of positivity wherever she goes. 

Jamie, Matt and Athena — April 6, 2022

Jamie, Matt and Athena

~ Jamie, Matt and Athena ~

Just over a year ago, Jamie and Matt met Athena, a beautiful Doberman pup. Since then, they have become a family and have formed a very strong bond. 

Jamie had been wanting to adopt a dog for a very long time. Then one day in 2021, she and Matt heard via social media there was a litter of nine puppies who were looking for their forever homes. Jamie was instantly drawn to one puppy in particular. She had a red tag on her collar and something about her stood out. Matt and Jamie decided then that she was the perfect puppy and named her Athena. 

Having Athena has been life-changing for both Jamie and Matt. She has brought so much happiness into their home and has helped Jamie to become more confident around dogs. Not only this, but she has also given her humans a new perspective on life and to appreciate the smaller things in life. 

During the Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, Jamie and Matt were immensely grateful to have Athena. It was a very stressful time, but she encouraged them to go out for walks, to play and provided them with a positive distraction every day. She made the difficult situation so much better just by being herself. 

Being a Doberman, Athena loves to be active. Jamie and Matt often take her out to parks, beaches and for tiki tours around Auckland. They enjoy finding new places to explore and seeing Athena so happy to be somewhere different. She loves to sniff around, run, play and just appreciate her new surroundings. Jamie and Matt have even been keen to take her camping, something they loved to do before adopting Athena.

Athena means the absolute world to Jamie and Matt. She has brought endless joy and so much love into their lives. They all mean so much to each other and she fills every happiness and adventure. 

Ellys and Jess — April 4, 2022

Ellys and Jess

~ Ellys and Jess ~

A few years ago, Ellys met Jess, a German Shepherd x Ridgeback. At first, Jess was distrustful and was unsure of the world around her. However, thanks to the love and care from Ellys, Jess has flourished into a well-mannered and all around very good dog.

In 2019, Jess had been rehomed by her previous owners and stayed in a shelter for a few months. Ellys and her husband, Chern, had been wanting to get a dog for a while. When they were able to, they decided to register to be fosters for their local shelter. They were called in to meet five dogs. One of them was Jess, who was the oldest, at 5-years-old, and was very timid. 

Ellys and Chern fostered Jess for about two months. During that time, there were five people interested in adopting her. However, they all fell through. As Ellys had grown to love Jess and didn’t want to see her go back to the shelter, she and Chern decided to adopt her. While Jess was nervous for some time, she was always happy to snuggle with her humans. At first, she slept in the living room, however, she soon moved, and has since stayed, in Ellys’ bedroom. 

Since adopting Jess, Ellys has learnt and gained so much. As Jess had shown reactive behaviours, Ellys felt it was best to train with her to better manage this. With the help of a professional trainer, she learnt a lot, both how best to support Jess and about canine physical and mental health in general. Ellys is also encouraged to be more active through daily walks and lots of play. 

Not only has Ellys enjoyed watching Jess grow and become more confident around other dogs, but she has also found a passion for dog training. When Ellys first adopted her, she only knew ‘sit’, but now knows many tricks, such as ‘down’, ‘shake’, ‘stay’, and many more. This is also time they get to simply enjoy each other’s company and strengthen their bond. 

Jess has helped Ellys so much. She has brought happiness and love into her life and has certainly changed her life for the better. Each day, when Ellys returns home from work, she is greeted by Jess’ wagging tail and a big smile. Every day is made a little bit brighter for Ellys because Jess is in it. 

Saving Hope Foundation — April 1, 2022

Saving Hope Foundation

~ Saving Hope Foundation ~

A few years ago, Janine and her daughter, Anita, met a puppy who would change their lives. They met a 5-week-old Pitbull puppy, Hope, who was at the local pound and due to be euthanised. They worked tirelessly for weeks to save Hope and eventually, were able to adopt her. Knowing that this, unfortunately, isn’t a unique situation, Janine and Anita decided to do something about it – founding the Saving Hope Foundation.

Since founding Saving Hope Foundation, many dogs across New Zealand have been saved. Often, many of the dogs and puppies come into their care with health conditions, injuries, and are distrustful of humans. After supporting them, they go to fosters who help them flourish and get one step closer to finding their forever home. It’s not an easy job, but it’s one that everyone at Saving Hope Foundation puts all their care, effort and love into. 

Each day is different and presents new challenges, but for Janine, she is motivated by each animal that comes into the Saving Hope Foundation’s care. No matter what tragedies each rescue has faced, they are still so full of love. Once they are cared for, shown love and feel safe for the first time, they grow into beautiful and loving dogs who just want to find their family. 

The Saving Hope Foundation has had many pups and dogs come from awful backgrounds. Yet, time and time again, they prove just how much strength they all have. They each want to live their lives and have so much love to give to those who show them kindness. 

It’s difficult for Janine, Anita and the Saving Hope Foundation team knowing they can’t save every dog that comes into their care. However, seeing them make progress in their recovery and being able to make a difference in their life means a lot. For each of the dogs that come into their care, they have been shown love and warmth, some, for the first time ever. 

No dog or puppy is too big or small for the Saving Hope Foundation. They will continue to fight for and help any dog they can. Because of this, they’re very grateful to all the support they receive from within the community, from donations to foster families, they all help the Saving Hope Foundation to keep doing the work they do for vulnerable dogs across New Zealand. 

The work that Saving Hope Foundation is truly amazing. They offer hope to so many dogs by caring for them and helping them find forever homes. As well as this, they are helping to educate the wider community about dogs and their welfare. If you want to follow them or show some support, go check out their pages.