Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Amber, Ruby, Nymeria and Zelda — September 26, 2022

Amber, Ruby, Nymeria and Zelda

~ Amber, Ruby, Nymeria and Zelda ~

Some years ago, Amber met Border Collie pup, Ruby. Not long after, she welcomed Nymeria into their family and then, lastly, Zelda. Since then, they have impacted each other hugely and have brought joy to thousands across the globe.

For as long as she can remember, Amber has always had a love for dogs and Amber wanted to adopt a dog of her own. One day, she heard of a litter of Border Collie puppies. She decided to meet with them and instantly fell in love. The pup, Ruby, stole her heart and Amber knew she was perfect. 

Ruby has improved Amber’s life hugely. Due to the close bond that they share, Ruby has become her emotional support animal. He has helped support her in so many ways and has had a huge impact. Sadly, Amber’s stepfather passed away not long after she adopted her canine companions, however, Ruby supported his human during this time. 

Not long after adopting Ruby did Amber want to welcome a second dog into her family. This led to her meeting Border Collie, Nymeria, a dog who would soon change her life. Soon after Nymeria, Amber adopted Zelda.

Having Ruby, Nymeria and Zelda has meant so much to Amber. Not only this, but they have inspired her to pursue becoming a dog trainer. In 2020, they entered Holland’s Got Talent, coming third overall. At the start of 2022, she performed for thousands as part of Britain’s Got Talent’s Finals with Nymeria, and Ruby guest-starring in their second performance.

Being able to perform together means the world to Amber and Ruby, Nymeria and Zelda. They bring joy to everyone who watches their performances. Together, they work hours on end to perfect their routines, which is something they all enjoy as can be seen by their wagging tails during and after their acts. It’s fun and has brought Amber closer to her canine companions. 

When not performing, Amber, Ruby, Zelda and Nymeria love going to the beach. As well as this, they enjoy going for hikes and exploring new places together. Simply having time together is always cherished. 

Through all their performances, training and experiences, Amber, Ruby, Nymeria and Zelda have created such a special and beautiful bond. The trust they have in each other when performing and the love they share is shown in everything they do.

Lizzy and Phoebe — July 1, 2022

Lizzy and Phoebe

~ Lizzy and Phoebe ~

A few years ago, Lizzy met an adorable rescue pup named Phoebe. Since then, they have formed a very special bond and have hugely impacted each other’s lives. 

Lizzy had always wanted a furry friend, but due to family members having allergies to cats and dogs, it was not something she thought would happen. However, one day, a family friend told them she had rescued a litter of puppies and was looking to rehome them. Not long after, Lizzy and her family decided to meet the puppies. The smallest of the litter was very excited to meet Lizzy and her dad. They left, but Lizzy couldn’t stop thinking about the pup. 

Sometime later, Lizzy’s mum fell ill and stayed at the hospital. After she was discharged, their family friend offered to bring over some food for them. Little did they know, she had brought over something much better – a puppy! That night, everything changed. They had their own puppy and named her Phoebe. 

Phoebe has been life-changing not only for Lizzy, but for the whole family. She’s full of beans and brings so much joy to everyone around her. When Lizzy’s dad is overseas for work, Phoebe keeps everyone at home company. If anyone is feeling down, she can instantly cheer them up with her mischievous antics. Not only this, but everyone in the neighbourhood loves seeing Phoebe. She’s become a local celebrity and whenever she’s going for a walk, people love stopping to give her a pat. 

Both Lizzy and Phoebe love going on adventures together. From going to the local park to car rides, they just love spending this time with one another. As well as this, Lizzy loves taking Phoebe out for puppy playdates with her littermates. She loves seeing the immense joy it brings her canine companion. 

One of Lizzy and Phoebe’s favourite things is going to the beach for a swim. The beach is Lizzy’s happy place, so being able to share this with her best friend makes it even more special. It’s time when they get to just be present in the moment and enjoy each other’s company. 

Since adopting Phoebe, Lizzy and her family have adopted a second dog, Fletcher. Phoebe has been a great big sister by teaching him how to play, how to interact with other dogs and people, and more. Not only this, but they, too, have developed a great bond and love playing together. 

Having Phoebe has even inspired Lizzy to start her own business, Collie and Co. From training together to learning how to effectively communicate with dogs, it has all had a huge impact on Lizzy. She hopes to continue with her business, selling dog tags, keyrings, drinking glasses and more – something for dogs and humans!

The bond that Lizzy and Phoebe share is so special. They have improved each other’s life and have brought one another so much happiness, love and joy. 

Jordi, Jommy and Mara — March 18, 2022

Jordi, Jommy and Mara

~ Jordi, Jommy and Mara ~

A few years ago, Jordi welcomed Border Collie pup, Jommy, into her life. Soon after, she adopted a second pup named Mara. Since then, they have all become best friends and have formed a beautiful bond. 

Jordi has always been an animal lover, especially dogs. When she was younger, her grandfather had a Border Collie and she knew from then she would one day adopt one of her own. Then, she met Jommy. It was a big adjustment for Jordi as Jommy was very young, lots energy and needed training. 

While it took some time, training Jommy helped Jordi have a sense of accomplishment and became something she was passionate about. She felt that she had proved herself being able to train Jommy to do tricks and have good manners. As well as this, simply being able to look after someone else also provided Jordi with a purpose that she hadn’t had before. 

Not long after adopting Jommy, Jordi decided to adopt a second Border Collie pup, Mara. After working with Jommy, Jordi felt confident that a second dog would be easier, but Mara seemed to have other ideas! Unfortunately, when she adopted Mara, Jordi was struggling. She was in a bad relationship that was negatively impacting her life. Mara had come from a difficult background which have led to reactivity issues and Jordi felt putting her in a similar situation wasn’t fair to her. Because of this, she left the relationship and, for the first time in a long time, felt free. 

Several years ago, while playing fetch with Jommy using a stick, she got distracted. In the brief moment, the stick had caused an injury to Jommy’s throat. Jordi was terrified for what might happen and raced to the vet. It didn’t look good, but fortunately, Jommy recovered. Since then, Jordi has become more mindful of her dogs and is always grateful for any and every moment they all get together. 

Both Jommy and Mara have had such a huge impact on Jordi. They encourage her to get out of bed each day, to live a free and confident life, and she even has her own house as she struggled to find dog-friendly rentals. As well as this, they bring her endless joy and unconditional love. 

Having Jommy and Mara has also helped Jordi to pursue one of her other passions, photography. Before adopting them, Jordi often took photos of her anime figures, with an occasional photo of their family dog, George. Now, with her canine companions, Jordi explores new places for the perfect picture. Both Jommy and Mara also love to help out by modeling and striking many different poses! This has also allowed Jordi to meet many people and pets through doing photography.

Through thick and thin, Jordi, Jommy and Mara have been there for each other. They share so much love and, no matter what, they know they always have one another.

Zoey and Raven — February 8, 2022

Zoey and Raven

~ Zoey and Raven ~

Almost two years ago, Zoey adopted Raven, a very sweet and friendly Border Collie, German Shepherd and Labrador cross puppy. Since then, they have become the best of friends and Raven has helped Zoey immensely. 

Zoey first met Raven as a puppy. Initially, Raven was living with Zoey’s neighbour, but they weren’t able to care for her, and Zoey asked if she could meet the pup. As soon as Raven saw her, she ran straight into her arms and started licking her face. From that moment, Zoey knew Raven was the perfect dog. 

For a few years, Zoey has struggled with mental health issues. Since adopting Raven, not only has she become Zoey’s best friend, but she has also become her psychiatric service dog. Raven helps her by alerting her to low iron, reminds her to take her medications, does deep pressure therapy (DPT), and much more. Above all, Raven is Zoey’s companion and helps her to have more confidence when out and about. 

One specific time Zoey recalls Raven having a huge impact was helping her through a very dark time. Her mental health had become overhwhelming and she closed herself in the bathroom, in tears. Raven immediately knew something was wrong. She pawed at the bathroom door for 20 minutes and, once Zoey let her in, she laid down on her lap and wouldn’t leave until she felt Zoey was feeling better. 

Since then, Zoey’s mental health has gradually gotten better thanks to Raven’s love and support. She has provided her human with so much happiness and has given her a sense of purpose. Because of the huge impact Raven has had on Zoey, she’s been enrolled in a therapy dog program. Once she completes this, she’ll be able to help others.

Not only has Raven had an impact on Zoey’s mental health, but she has also impacted her physical health. From going out each day to walk Raven, to doing dog agility training, having her canine companion has had a huge impact. Raven loves to learn and Zoey enjoys teaching her new tricks and commands, so it’s time when they just get to be together and have fun. 

Raven has truly had an incredible impact on Zoey. She has been by her side through thick and thin. It is obvious how much love and care they share for one another. They share such a special bond.

Kit and Frost — January 12, 2022

Kit and Frost

~ Kit and Frost ~

Just over two years ago, Kit adopted their canine companion, Frost. Since then, they have formed such a special bond.

In 2019, Kit and their partner were looking to adopt a furry friend. They soon heard of a litter of Border Collie pups and fell in love. When they met one of the puppies at nine weeks old, Kit instantly knew she was perfect. They adopted her and named her Frost. 

No matter what, Frost can always brighten Kit’s day. Whether she’s finding somewhere high up to sit, excitedly running to them, or ungracefully jumping at them for a cuddle, Frost never fails to bring a smile to her human’s day. 

Having Frost has greatly impacted Kit’s life. After long days at work or when they’re feeling down, Frost is right there. She just knows how to cheer them up. As well as this, she also encourages Kit to go out for walks each day which has had been very helpful to their mental health. 

One of Kit and Frost’s favourite activities is going out on adventures together. Frost loves to explore the beach for sticks and play in the water. Being a collie, she has a lot of energy! She just loves being active and is always ready to play, or go exploring. 

Frost has had such a big impact on Kit. The bond they’ve formed is so special and has bettered Kit’s life immensely. Frost has brought so much happiness into their life.

Caitlin and Bella — December 20, 2021

Caitlin and Bella

~ Caitlin and Bella ~

Two years ago, Caitlin met Bella, a Border Collie puppy. Since then, they have formed such a strong and special bond. 

For as long as she can remember, Caitlin had always wanted her own puppy. Her family already had a seven-year-old dog named Lucy, but Caitlin wanted a puppy who she could grow up with. 

Christmas of 2019, Caitlin and her family were on their way to meet some family friends, only this was just a cover. They were actually on their way to meet a new litter of Border Collie puppies! Once they arrived, Caitlin was overjoyed. One puppy, in particular, ran right up to her and the rest is history. There was no doubt this puppy, Bella, had found her home. 

Having Bella has helped Caitlin immensely. She has gained confidence in herself and has learnt to be more assertive through training Bella. Together, they do a lot of agility training. It’s time they get to spend together and it’s something they both enjoy.

One of Caitlin’s favourite things is working on new tricks and commands with Bella. Because of this, she has been inspired to pursue dog training as a career! Without Bella, Caitlin wouldn’t have known just how much she loves working with dogs. 

It is evident just how much Bella has impacted Caitlin, and vice versa. They have enriched each other’s lives through the love, joy and happiness they share. 

Caitlin and Anastasia — October 27, 2021

Caitlin and Anastasia

~ Caitlin and Anastasia ~

A few years ago, Caitlin adopted Border Collie pup, Anastasia. Ever since, they have become inseparable and Anastasia has had such a big impact on Caitlin’s life. 

Caitlin had always wanted a Border Collie. She spent a while looking until she came across a new litter of puppies in 2016. She contacted the breeder and they arranged a time for her to meet them. 

Once she arrived, she instantly fell in love with one special pup, Anastasia. Caitlin loved how energetic and mischievous she was, and couldn’t resist her adorable face. Without any doubt in her mind, Caitlin adopted Anastasia.

Having Anastasia has helped Caitlin immensely. She has brought endless happiness and love since day one. Whenever Caitlin has struggled with her mental health, she knows that Anastasia is right there. 

No matter how difficult things may be, she can always brighten Caitlin’s day. She inspires Caitlin and helps her to grow as a person. Being responsible for another being has also helped her immensely. When she finds it hard to get out of bed, Anastasia gives her a reason to get up. 

After long days at work when Caitlin is feeling tired and stressed, it always brings a smile to her face when she’s greeted by an excited Anastasia. They enjoy being in each other’s company and love to curl up on the couch together. 

Two of their favourite things to do are photoshoots and going on adventures. Anastasia is a natural model and loves to pose for photos. When they are able to, they enjoy going for walks and discovering new trails and new friends. 

It is obvious how much care and love Caitlin and Anastasia have for one another. They have both had such a positive impact on each other’s lives. 

Hughie — October 20, 2021

Hughie

~ Hughie ~

Late last year, Hughie, a Cocker Spaniel x Border Collie, found his forever home. In the short amount of time that he and his humans have been together, their lives have been filled with happiness. 

In 2020, Hughie’s humans met him. It was love at first sight. As soon as she picked him up, he snuggled up into her arms. From that moment, they knew it was meant to be. 

With Hughie in their life, he has made their family feel complete. Whenever his human is feeling down, he is right there for her. He’ll snuggle up next to her and stay by her side until she is feeling a bit better. No matter what, he always seems to know how to brighten anyone’s day. 

Not only has Hughie brought happiness to his human’s life but, when he can, he goes with her to work. When there, he always makes their days a bit brighter and can always bring a smile to their faces. Even just when going out and about for walks, Hughie is always met with lots of smiles.

The bond that Hughie has with his humans and his community is amazing. He has brought so much happiness and love into the lives of others. 

Bri and Patch — May 17, 2021

Bri and Patch

~ Bri and Patch ~

Although he had a rough start to life, Patch, a Border Collie x Staffy, with the help of his human, Bri, has flourished into a beautiful and loving dog.  They have both formed a very strong bond and are now inseparable.  

At only a few weeks old, Patch’s mother was in an accident.  He and his 10 other siblings were all then taken to the SPCA.  At 4-months-old, after he was taken into the care of the SPCA, Bri found him listed on Trade Me.  She fell in love with him and welcomed him into her family.  

Having Patch in her life has helped Bri immensely.  She has found more purpose in life and more reasons to go outside and be active.  Patch loves to go for walks and run around.  He has helped Bri a lot, both mentally and physically.  For Patch, Bri has helped him to have a better life.  He is loved and is able to play, enjoy food and more.  

One of Patch’s favourite things is going for walks.  If Bri simply says the word ‘walk’, Patch becomes very excited!  He’s definitely a character, but it’s because of this that no matter what, he can always bring a smile to someone’s face. 

Not only has Patch helped bring more happiness to Bri’s life, but he is loved by the community.  Bri’s father enjoys walking Patch, and their community enjoy saying hello to him when out and about.  He’s certainly a bit of a local celebrity there!

The bond between Bri and Patch is obvious.  From the way they look at one another, can understand each other and simply just how much love they have is truly something special.