Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Robyn, Andy and Ollie — January 16, 2023

Robyn, Andy and Ollie

~ Robyn, Andy and Ollie ~

Almost three years ago, Robyn and Andy welcomed beautiful cockatiel, Ollie, into their home. Since then, Ollie has changed their lives and continues to bring love and joy into every day. 

Both Robyn and Andy have a big passion for animals and animal welfare. Wanting to help birds in their community, they decided to start a small bird rescue and rehoming service. One day, a baby cockatiel came to them in very bad shape. He had been injured by some adult male cockatiels and was in need of emergency vet care. It was a long journey to recovery, but thankfully, he got through it but still has some ongoing issues. Robyn and Andy had fallen in love with this little bird and decided to adopt him and name him Ollie. 

Since adopting Ollie, Robyn and Andy have been on many adventures together. They have completed the Tongariro Crossing (Ollie being the first domestic bird to do so), kayaking on the Waikato River, bush walks and road walking between nature tours. 

Currently, Robyn, Andy and Ollie are working towards completing the 3000km Te Araroa, meaning ‘the long pathway’ in te reo Māori, trail together over a two-year period. Ollie travels the trail with Robyn in a special pack designed for him. On a sunny day, he is harnessed to Robyn’s shoulder so he can enjoy all the views. When the weather is a bit cooler, he wears lovely, warm vests from Cambridge Crochet Queen, Jill Smith.

While working towards completing the Te Araroa trail, Robyn, Andy and Ollie hope to raise $10,000 for the Te Araroa Trust through Ollie’s own GiveALittle page. This money will go towards maintenance and improvement of the trail. Being able to do this and meet many people through Ollie’s page has meant so much to both his humans. 

As well as going on many adventures, Ollie is also known as a ‘Pet with Purpose’ meaning he accompanies Robyn and Andy to communities, workplaces, groups and more. He helps to gain interest and spread awareness about birds and that having a disability doesn’t make him any less than an able-bodied bird. Not only that, but Ollie is also a regular visitor at rest homes and pre-schools to share with them some joy and positivity. 

Ollie has had a huge impact on many people. He is a great advocate for animals with disabilities and has been able to educate people and spread awareness about birds. People who have previously not liked birds have found that Ollie is a safe way to learn about them. He brings a smile to everyone he meets and for that, Robyn and Andy are so thankful 

The impact that Ollie has had on Robyn and Andy has been immeasurable. He has helped them to explore New Zealand, meet new people and animals, spread awareness and so much more. Above it all, however, the love and happiness they share with each other is evident in everything they do. They have truly changed each other’s lives for the better. 

Andy and Meow Meow — May 11, 2022

Andy and Meow Meow

~ Andy and Meow Meow ~

Sixteen years ago, Andy adopted Meow Meow, a beautiful brown tabby cat. Since then, she has had a huge impact on Andy, his family and the wider community. 

In 2006, Andy and his partner decided to adopt a cat for their children. Once they found the perfect one, their then 2-year-old middle child, Sophia, named their new furry friend Meow Meow. From that day onward, Meow Meow became a very important family member and has shared so much love and joy. 

Having grown up with Meow Meow, Andy’s children were taught from an early age how to properly care for and interact with animals. However, she has had a big impact on Sophia who is currently studying to work and care for animals. 

Meow Meow has grown to become more independent and loves to meet new people. She has even moved to the local bus stop. She often ventures out to socialise, and cause mischief, with their neighbours. One time, she even managed to steal an entire rack of ribs from a crockpot! To this day, Andy still doesn’t know how she accomplished this. 

Six months ago, Meow Meow went missing. Andy and his family were very concerned for her and her safety. However, they received a call, completely out of the blue, from a vet clinic that was 45 minutes away. They had found Meow Meow! Thankfully, Andy made sure she was microchipped, so they were able to be reunited with each other. This, too, remains a mystery as to how she wandered so far.

Meow Meow has gained more independence since deciding to live at the bus stop. People getting on or off a bus are always greeted by her. She has become a local celebrity, with many stopping for cuddles and photos. Andy loves seeing the absolute joy that Meow Meow brings to everyone. She has certainly become the community’s cat. 

Seeing Meow Meow bring so much love and happiness into the community means so much to Andy. She doesn’t go home much, but will if she needs to. Andy and his family often visit her to see how she’s going and even meet some of her new friends.

The impact that Meow Meow has had on Andy, his family and the greater community has been huge. She spreads joy wherever she goes and brings so many smiles to so many faces.