Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Isabella and Harley — November 16, 2022

Isabella and Harley

~ Isabella and Harley ~

Over a year ago, Harley found his forever home with Isabella. In the time since then, they have become best friends and continue to better each other’s lives every day. 

In 2021, Isabella and her partner came across a sweet yet shy little black and white pup on the website of the Auckland Puppy Rescue. Immediately, they fell in love with the little puppy and decided to organise a visit at a local train station. The pup, named Harley, walked up to them with his foster family. As soon as they met, there was no doubt in Isabella’s mind that Harley was perfect. 

Throughout the 2021 lockdown in New Zealand due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Harley helped his humans hugely. Each day, he brought them joy, they were encouraged to go outside for walks, and he made that very stressful time a bit brighter. 

Since adopting Harley, he has brought endless laughter and unconditional love to his family. Every morning, he acts as Isabella’s alarm clock to wake her up to give him breakfast. He shows Isabella to appreciate the smaller things in life, explore new beaches and parks, meet friends through the doggo community and so much more. As well as this, Harley attends doggy daycare twice a week, where he is always excited to see his trainer.

The bond that Isabella and Harley share is truly special. Since day one, they have helped each other hugely and continue to bring joy, love and laughter into every day. 

Cassidy and Hannah — November 14, 2022

Cassidy and Hannah

~ Cassidy and Hannah ~

Three years ago, Cassidy welcomed Hannah into her life. Since then, they have changed each other’s lives hugely and, together, share endless love and joy every day. 

In 2019, Cassidy came across a plea online by Albert’s Dog Lounge Rescue. They shared a video of an almost 3-year-old dog with cerebellar hypoplasia who was looking for her forever home. Albert’s Dog Lounge were doing all they could to help Hannah find her new family, including offering vouchers for people who simply shared her post. Cassidy and her family wanted to help and spent a lot of time sharing Hannah’s story, asking friends and family members if they could adopt her and often checking in to see how she was progressing.

A month after first seeing the post, Cassidy couldn’t stand by knowing that Hannah was still looking for her forever home. So, she vowed that she would do whatever it took to give her the best life possible. Unbeknownst to her at the time, the day she sent in the adoption application also happened to be Hannah’s third birthday! Three days later, Hannah was on her way from Wisconsin to Nebraska, to her forever home. 

Initially, Cassidy and her family weren’t looking to adopt any more furry friends as they already had quite a few furbabies. Yet, Hannah touched their hearts. Cassidy was anxious to adopt a dog with a neurological condition but already had some knowledge of dogs with cerebellar hypoplasia from friends she had met through social media. Once Hannah was home, however, her human’s doubts instantly disappeared seeing her sweet little face in person. 

Having Hannah has taught Cassidy so much. Each day, no matter what, she always has a smile on her face and showers her humans and adoptive siblings with unconditional love. They have learnt how to think outside the box, about cerebellar hypoplasia and how best to support her. As well as this, Cassidy has also helped to create, test and modify several different wheelchairs to give Hannah the best quality of life. 

Being able to share Hannah’s journey with so many people online and within her community means so much to Cassidy. Together, they show others that having a disability doesn’t make a dog any less worthy than one without a disability. They might have additional needs, but also give so much back to their humans. Both Cassidy and Hannah work to break the stigma associated with disabilities and show people that, with the right support, animals with disabilities can thrive. 

Hannah has brought endless joy into Cassidy’s life. They love going for walks, with either her stroller, wagon or wheelchair (of which she can go very fast in!). As well as this, they also enjoy playing with Hannah’s favourite toys and, at the end of the day, cuddling up on the couch with each other. Whatever they decide to do, simply being in the company of one another means the world to them both. 

The impact that Hannah has had on Cassidy has been immeasurable. Each day since they’ve been together, they have shared nothing but love and joy. Through thick and thin, they always know they have each other and their lives have been changed for the better because of this.

Sarah and Sophie — November 11, 2022

Sarah and Sophie

~ Sarah and Sophie ~

Two years ago, Sarah welcomed hedgehog, Sophie, into her life. Since then, they have grown inseparable and share a very special bond. 

In 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Sarah felt very alone during the lockdown. Wanting a friend to keep her company, she contacted a hedgehog breeder in Ontario, Canada. In April of that year, Sarah was told there was a new litter of African Pygmy Hedgehogs and she instantly fell in love. After a long 8-week wait, she was finally able to bring her new friend, Sophie, home!

Throughout the pandemic, having Sophie helped her human hugely. It was a time of high anxiety and uncertainty. She helped Sarah to get through it. Each day, seeing Sophie’s sweet little face and being able to spend time with her meant so much and helped her to feel less alone.

Having Sophie had changed Sarah’s life. She has learnt so much about hedgehogs and knows that no matter what, her spiky little friend is right there for her. If Sarah is having a tough day, Sophie can always cheer her up and bring a smile to her face. Not only has Sophie impacted her human, but also everyone they meet. She has brought countless smiles to many people, both in person and online. 

Something that Sarah and Sophie enjoy doing is simply relaxing and spending time together. Sophie often curls up in her fluffy snuggle sack and rests on her human’s chest and, if she’s lucky, they watch her favourite movie, Sonic the Hedgehog. However, any time they get to spend with each other is always treasured. 

The bond that Sarah and Sophie share is truly special. No matter what, they know that they have one another and every day is made better because of it. 

Love and Above Cat Club — November 9, 2022

Love and Above Cat Club

~ Love and Above Cat Club ~

In 2021, the Love and Above Cat Club was launched. A page, and now community, dedicated to helping provide cat parents with ways to better care for themselves and time some time out to focus on their own wellbeing. 

Founder and cat lover, Siena Lee-Tajiri, lost her soulcat, Cumin, in 2016. Cumin had been in her human’s life for over 19 years and, sadly, passed away from oral squamous cell cancer. Siena was heartbroken and felt like all the love in her life had left with Cumin. Soon, she felt that she had relied on her soulcat for love and wasn’t able to cultivate her own self-love. The love they shared was enough for them both. It was from this that she realised that sometimes, people go above and beyond for their furbabies, but can often neglect themselves. 

Siena remembers journalling after losing Cumin. She wanted to help other pet parents love themselves in the same way they love their furbabies. From this, she had come up with an idea and a name – Love and Above Cat Club: Self Care for Cat Lovers. However, from 2016-2020, this was put on hold for a while due to her heavy work schedule. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Siena had the time to plan and, before she knew it, the Love and Above Cat Club had flourished! 

While on Christmas vacation, Siena and her partner were excitedly writing and designing the website. Then, the following year on Cumin’s birthday, March 9th, Love and Above Cat Club launched! 

The main motivation behind Love and Above Cat Club is aiding others in their spiritual and self-love journey. Each follow, comment, like and share helps Siena to do this by sharing awareness and spreading her message. As well as this, she sells a variety of products on her website including essential oils, journals, healing gemstone bracelets, and more! 

The love between a cat and their human is truly special. Being able to nurture this and help people channel the same love towards themselves encourages and motivates Siena daily. It fills her heart and seeing photos of happy cats AND their humans proves to her that her work is making a difference in the lives of many people and cats. As well as this, she’s able to share this experience with her furry assistant, Bear. Bear features a lot on Love and Above Cat Club page, helping to share tips and tricks or simply brightening everyone’s day with his adorable face. 

The Love and Above Cat Club is amazing. It’s obvious just how passionate Siena is about cats and the bonds they share with their humans. Make sure you go support her by checking out her page – a page full of love and cats, what more could you ask for?

Kaitlyn, Pūmā and Neo — November 7, 2022

Kaitlyn, Pūmā and Neo

~ Kaitlyn, Pūmā and Neo ~

Earlier this year, Kaitlyn adopted Pūmā. Then, not long after, welcomed Neo into her home. Since then, they have helped each other hugely and become a close family.

In 2021, Kaitlyn and her partner wanted to adopt a furry friend into their lives. They spent quite some time looking for the right one, until February 2022 when they saw some kittens online who were looking for a forever home. Kaitlyn and her partner decided to organise a visit and drove five hours to meet the kittens. On the way there, they agreed that they were simply going to meet and then sleep on it before making any decisions.

Once they arrived, Kaitlyn was shown a scene of the kittens all curled up together, asleep. All the kittens were white and fluffy, except for one who was grey and shorthaired. This kitten was one of the smallest and both Kaitlyn and her partner instantly fell in love with him. There was no doubt in their minds that this was the perfect furry friend, and adopted him then and there and named him Pūmā. 

Not long after adopting Pūmā did Kaitlyn notice that something seemed off, so she took him to the vet. There, she was told he was in fact six weeks, as opposed to the eight weeks she has been told by the breeder. At first, Pūmā was very weak and scared. However, with a lot of care and treatment, he flourished and came right out of his shell. 

Shortly after, Kaitlyn and her partner realised that Pūmā didn’t like being home alone. Because of this, they decided to adopt a second furry friend to keep him company. After some more waiting, they came across Neo, a sweet little Tuxedo kitten. They felt he was a great fit for their family and adopted him. It took about four weeks of introductions between him and Pūmā, but now, they’re the best of friends. 

Neo, at first, was also not well when he was adopted. However, like Pūmā, after lots of care and some treatment, he has become a happy and healthy cat. To Kaitlyn, this has proved that both her feline friends are fighters and have a lot of passion for life. They show her, and others, to not give up and to keep fighting when things get tough. 

Having Pūmā and Neo has been life-changing for Kaitlyn and her partner. No matter what, each day, they never fail to bring a smile to their humans’ faces. From their mischievous antics to their warm cuddles, Pūmā and Neo make every day better. Not only do they impact Kaitlyn, but also her family, friends and community. 

Something that Kaitlyn, Pūmā and Neo enjoy doing is going on adventures. Since adopting them, both cats have been harness trained so they’re all able to go out into the world together. Their most favourite place to explore are bushy areas and finding new places. Kaitlyn is especially looking forward to summer so they can continue experiencing new things and gaining more of an appreciation for the world around them. 

The bond that Kaitlyn shares with Pūmā and Neo is truly special. Each day is made better because they bring love and happiness into each other’s lives. 

Mel and Tai Lung — November 4, 2022

Mel and Tai Lung

~ Mel and Tai Lung ~

Three years ago, Mel met Tai Lung, a sweet pup looking for his forever home. In the time since, they have formed such a strong bond. 

In 2019, Mel was looking to adopt a dog. She decided to go to the Auckland Puppy Rescue and meet with the puppies there. While looking, she met an adorable white 3-month-old puppy. He was quite timid but, when Mel saw him, she knew he had a lot of love to give and adopted him then and there and named him Tai Lung, from Kung Fu Panda. 

Having Tai Lung, or Tai for short, has helped Mel hugely. No matter what, he can always brighten his human’s day. Each day, he encourages Mel to be more active and appreciate the smaller things in life. As well as this, Mel has introduced Tai to other dogs to help with socialisation, and to other people so they feel less anxious around dogs. 

Something that Mel and Tai love doing is spending time and exploring new places together. From running off-lead, running with his adoptive brother, Poh, at their family farm and at the beach, and even kayaking, having this time to spend with each other is always treasured. Kayaking especially is fun for them both, as Tai is happy to just sit with Mel and enjoy his surroundings. 

The bond that Mel and Tai Lung have is so special. They share endless joy and love with each other every single day. And every day is made better, simply by having one another. 

Tommy and TJ — November 2, 2022

Tommy and TJ

~ Tommy and TJ ~

Three years ago, Tommy was given a new home. Not long after, TJ was welcomed to the family. Since then, they have flourished and relish the freedom they now have. 

Near Tommy and TJ’s human’s house, there is a lot of farmland. There were many cows who were used for milking. They bred many and kept the females, but not all the males. Tommy’s human realised this and decided to rescue him for a better chance in life. Not long after, did she feel that Tommy was a bit lonely, so she reached out and that’s when TJ found his forever home. 

Before Tommy, his human had never been near a cow, let alone cared for one. However, it didn’t take long before she fell in love and learned how to properly look after cows. Since adopting both Tommy and TJ, their human has learnt how to groom them, play with them and just give them the best life possible. 

Having Tommy and TJ has been life-changing for their human. They have helped her to meet new people through the cow community and bring joy into each day. Being able to simply see them living out their best lives brings their human immense happiness. 

Something that Tommy, TJ and their human enjoy is running around. Both Tommy and TJ run right beside her and it’s time they get to just be together. As well as this, both cows absolutely love having tummy scratches – of which their human is more than happy to do!

The bond that Tommy and TJ share with their human is truly special. They have brought so much love and joy into each other’s lives.

Sara and Albert — October 31, 2022

Sara and Albert

~ Sara and Albert ~

Earlier this year, Sara met Albert, a beautiful Newfie pup. Since then, Albert has changed his human’s life hugely and continues to be a light in her life every single day.

Over a year ago, Sara put her name down for a puppy. For a while, she waited and waited for the call that would change her life. At the start of 2022, Sara was struggling with her mental health and was at a very low point. She felt trapped and alone. Then, she received a call – a litter of eleven puppies had been born! To Sara, this felt like fate and so, she immediately decided to arrange a visit.

As soon as Sara met the puppies, one in particular stood out to her. He ran up to her and it was love at first sight. She had to wait a few more weeks before he could go home with her as he was only 3-weeks-old, however, she visited him every chance she got. Once he was old enough, the pup, now named Albert, had found his home and Sara had found her companion.

Having Albert has changed Sara’s life. While she still struggles with her mental health, having her furry friend has been amazing. He’s the reason she wakes up in the morning and he gives her a purpose each day. As well as this, Albert is always there for his human. Whether she needs a warm hug or a listening ear, Sara knows he’s right there.

Something that Sara and Albert enjoy is being active. They often go exploring new places and they especially love swimming. At the end of the day, simply snuggling up with each other makes a tough day better. Not only this, but Albert is also much loved within his community. Every time he and Sara go out for a walk, they’re always greeted by excited people who want to get to know him.

The bond that Sara and Albert share is truly special. They have changed each other’s lives for the better and bring endless love and joy into every single day.

The Pet Pantry — October 28, 2022

The Pet Pantry

~ The Pet Pantry ~

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Jess saw a need for struggling families and their furry family members. So, at the start of 2022, she took it upon herself and help those in need. 

For as long as she can remember, Jess has always loved animals. She currently lives with two dogs, Milo and Challenge, a cat named Sally and lots of tropical fish. They have all greatly enriched her life and inspire her every day. It’s this love and passion for her animals and the welfare of all animals that encouraged Jess to find ways to help other pet parents.

The Covid-19 pandemic impacted many people and animals. Many were struggling to provide essentials, such as food, bedding and more for themselves and their families. Jess observed there were provisions and food banks for humans, but almost nothing for the animal family members. So, she took it upon herself to provide this for families in Nelson Tasman and thus, Pet Pantry was started. 

Wanting to ensure these essentials were accessible, Jess started a Facebook page. Here, she shares what families need and what would be helpful. Then, thanks to the kindness of other group members, these items are provided and sent to families in need. Things such as beds, blankets, toys, food, bowls, leads, collars and more are always needed and for those struggling, it means so much to know they don’t have to worry about these.

Knowing that she is helping so many families and their animal family members means the world to Jess. She is able to ensure that animals don’t go without the necessities and that families can feel less alone. As well as this, Jess also provides additional food, toys, bedding and more to local rescues, ensuring everyone is able to be fed, happy and comfortable.

Currently, through Pet Pantry, Jess is looking for donations to help make the Christmas season a bit easier for those in need. If you can provide food, bedding, toys, collars, blankets or anything else, it would make a world of difference for these families. You can find out more by checking out The Pet Pantry – Nelson/Tasman Facebook group. 

The passion that Jess has for her own furbabies as well as for those who might need a bit of extra help is evident in everything she does. Helping those who might not have the same resources as others will be life-changing for many and allows her to spread so much love, positivity and kindness. 

Kaley and Chupey — October 26, 2022

Kaley and Chupey

~ Kaley and Chupey ~

About three years ago, Kaley rescued Chupey. Since then, they have formed a truly special bond and have changed each other’s lives. 

For as long as she can remember, Kaley has always had a passion for animals. She has helped many rescue organisations and has adopted many rescue dogs. Then, in 2019, a family contacted her about a puppy they had who had some issues. This wasn’t the first time this had happened, so, before she agreed to meet him, Kaley asked the family to neuter all their dogs to ensure this didn’t happen again. Thankfully, they agreed. 

Once Kaley arrived at the house, she could tell there was something unique about the pup. She was shocked and initially thought he was a hyena or bear cub! The pup looked so different to the many other pups she had met. He had fur missing, his eyes hadn’t opened yet and Kaley noticed he wasn’t developmentally where he should be for an 8-week-old puppy. Wanting to give him his best life, she adopted him then and there. 

When Kaley adopted Chupey, short for Chupacabra, she took him to the vet to see if there were any health issues. Most of the tests done showed Chupey to be a fairly normal pup, aside from his liver seeming to work overtime. This is treated through a special kind of diet and, since then, his energy has improved and he has flourished into a happy and beautiful well-adjusted dog. Some months later, Chupey had a DNA test done which showed he also has a partial duplication of his sixth chromosome which could explain a lot.

Having Chupey has taught Kaley a lot. His resilience and strength in the face of adversity inspires his human every day. As well as this, Chupey has become a great spokespuppy for animals who might look a bit different. He encourages people to look beyond the surface and see him for who he really is – a friendly, loving, healthy dog living his best life. 

Through Chupey’s Instagram page, he and Kaley have been able to advocate for rescue animals and animals with disabilities and/or chronic health issues. He has taught many that simply looking different or having different needs does not make him any less of a dog. Not only this, but they have also met many friends and being able to share Chupey’s beautiful smile with the world and share the joy it brings her means so much to Kaley. 

When not busy advocating, Kaley and Chupey love going on walks. They go on many adventures while out, from meeting new friends to exploring new places. As well as this, they also enjoy snuggling up together after a long day. Chupey is very cuddly and just adores having time for snuggles!

The love and joy Kaley and Chupey share is evident in everything they do and, together, they are helping many other humans and dogs through their advocacy work. The bond they have is immensely special. They have helped each other in so many ways and continue to make every day better.