~ Abi, Toulouse, Cookie and Daiquiri ~
A few years ago, Abi met Cookie, then Toulouse and lastly, Daiquiri. Since then, they have all formed a very strong bond and have become a close family.
Abi has always loved animals. In 2019, she decided it was the right time to welcome a furry friend into her life. Abi had found a beautiful dog named Cookie being advertised on social media.
They soon organised a visit and, although she was nervous, Cookie excitedly greeted her soon-to-be-family with licks and tail wags. There was no doubt in Abi’s mind that Cookie was a perfect fit.
Not too long after adopting Cookie, Abi wanted to welcome a feline family member. She discovered Feral Nation, a cat rescue in Wellington, New Zealand. One of their values is allowing a cat to choose you. This was something that resonated with Abi and so she went to the rescue.
Once she arrived at Feral Nation, she was shown to a room full of kittens. A small ginger kitten, named Toulouse, walked right up to Abi and sat with her. While Abi met some more kittens and the ginger one went to play, he decided to soon return and curled up on her lap. From that moment, she knew Toulouse was the perfect kitten.
Since day one, Toulouse has brought so much happiness to his new family. He never fails to make someone laugh or smile with his antics. He can brighten anyone’s day, whether through his playful personality or offering a cuddle.
Each morning, Toulouse enjoys morning cuddles with Abi. While sometimes this isn’t always comfortable for her, such as him taking over her pillow, it’s time they love spending together.
Although he can be a little mischievous, Toulouse loves cuddles. Whenever someone visits, he is always there to welcome them.
Not too long after meeting Toulouse, Abi met Daiquiri. She and her partner were volunteering at their local SPCA. When Abi first met her, she looked like a smaller version of Cookie. She and her partner discussed it, and by the end of their shift, went home with a third furry family member – Daiquiri.
During the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, having Toulouse, Cookie and Daiquiri helped Abi immensely. Having others to care for allowed Abi to focus her attention on something other than that difficult time. Toulouse was always there to offer a cuddle and Cookie and Daiquiri were always there to brighten their days.
Not only have Toulouse, Cookie and Daiquiri helped improve Abi’s life, but Cookie and Daiquiri inspired Abi to pursue her passion for dog training. She has loved learning about dogs and how best to train and work with them. With Cookie and Daiquiri, she has also learnt patience, what works well and what doesn’t, and so much more.
Through their training, Abi, Cookie and Daiquiri have been enjoying agility and nose-work. It has been a great way for them to bond and work on their relationship. All three of them enjoy this time together and working on new commands and tricks.
The love between the four is immeasurable. They have such a strong bond and helped each other grow to become their best selves. Abi’s life has been changed for the better thanks to Toulouse, Cookie and Daiquiri.