Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Kelly and Rascal — May 16, 2022

Kelly and Rascal

~ Kelly and Rascal ~

Eight years ago, Kelly met Rascal, a small ginger and white kitten. Since then, they have faced some challenges but, by simply being there for one another, they have gotten through each difficulty that’s been thrown their way. 

In 2014, Kelly was looking to adopt a cat. Then, one day, she saw someone wanting to find forever homes for a litter of kittens. Kelly arranged a visit and met with them all. When she arrived, there was one little kitten who wasn’t joining in to play with his siblings and seemed generally quieter. Kelly knew he was the perfect cat for her and adopted him then and there, and named him Rascal.

Having Rascal improved Kelly’s life hugely. He helped her with her mental health, bringing joy and love into each and every day. No matter what, Rascal is always there for his human. Kelly is able to confide in him and knows that he’ll never judge her. As well as this, he never fails to make her laugh with his antics, from pushing open the door to shredding their couch.

Three years ago, Rascal started wheezing. At first, Kelly thought it might have just been a cough, but it continued to get worse and wasn’t settling. She decided to take him to the vet where some tests showed that Rascal had feline asthma. At first, Kelly wasn’t sure how to deal with this. The first few weeks were tough but, after a while, it just became part of their daily routine. 

While it has been a challenge managing all of Rascal’s health difficulties, from asthma to chronic back pain, he has taken everything in his stride. He uses his inhaler three times per day, painkillers and gets some injections every four weeks at their vet. Despite his health difficulties, he enjoys living his best life, from causing mischief around the house to snuggling up with Kelly at the end of the day. In fact, she feels that these experiences have brought Rascal and her closer.

One of Kelly and Rascal’s favourite things is simply spending time together. They enjoy watching Netflix together, and Rascal, living up to his name, often tries to steal some of Kelly’s chips! It’s times like this that bring them the most joy.

The impact that Kelly and Rascal have had on one another has been immeasurable. They have both improved each other’s lives and bring joy and love into each and every day.

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.

Scoop Dog — May 2, 2022

Scoop Dog

~ Scoop Dog ~

Over a year ago, Aleisha and her husband, Jono, had an idea. Since then, the idea has come to fruition and they are now the proud owner of their own business, Scoop Dog

Aleisha and Jono have always been animal lovers and keen ice cream enthusiasts! As they share their love through food, they wanted to share an ice cream with their three dogs, Maple, Puppy and Rufus, and cat, Pippa. However, knowing that ice cream isn’t healthy for dogs, they had the idea to make a dog-friendly brand.

Unfortunately, Aleisha lost her job in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She was devastated to be out of work and had felt lost. However, looking back, it has worked out for the best as she wouldn’t have gone on to launch her own brand of ice cream for dogs otherwise.

For a whole year, Aleisha and Jono trialled different recipes until one came out perfectly. It became the basis for her first four dog-friendly ice cream flavours – bacon, banana, carob and vanilla. This led to the launch of Scoop Dog, a New Zealand based business, specialising in ice cream that is both safe and healthy for dogs. 

Before launching Scoop Dog during Halloween of 2021, Aleisha was very anxious. She had ordered over 200 labels for the Scoop Dog pottles and was shocked by the cost of it all. Hoping that it would make a good return, Scoop Dog proved to be a huge success. Now, instead of ordering 200, Aleisha and Jono now have to order in the thousands due to the popularity of their ice cream. 

Since day one, Scoop Dog has become a well-known small business and is now quite successful. Aleisha and Jono have released limited-edition flavours, such as gingerbread for Christmas and strawberries and cream for Valentine’s Day. Not only this, but they have even created a dog-friendly hot chocolate mix! Treats for all seasons that humans can now share with their furry friends. 

Running a small business can present its challenges. Through it all Aleisha, Jono and, of course, their furbabies, motivate one another to keep going. The love, warmth and humour they all provide each other goes such a long way to make everything just a bit easier. Not only this but the support they receive from their customers and supporters means a lot. Each like, comment, share and message that they receive makes a huge difference, too. 

Scoop Dog is an awesome business and it’s obvious just how passionate Aleisha and Jono are about what they do. Knowing that they have given pet parents a new and delicious way to share the love with their furbabies is their favourite thing about Scoop Dog. If you’re looking for a yummy treat for your furbaby, check out Scoop Dog now!

Storm and Oakley — April 29, 2022

Storm and Oakley

~ Storm and Oakley ~

Two years ago, Storm met Oakley. Oakley, who has since become Storm’s service cat, has had a huge impact on both his human and the community. 

On a hot summer’s day in 2019, Storm’s mother asked her to come outside and help take some groceries out of the car. When Storm got there, she saw a box that had two kittens in it. One of the kittens was Oakley, who Storm immediately felt a bond with. Storm was beyond excited by this unexpected surprise.

Storm struggles with anxiety, so she felt that a service animal would be helpful. When she met Oakley, she felt he would be ideal. He is smart, protective and loves to work, making him the perfect candidate. They began training together and Oakley soon became an official service cat. 

Since they started training, Oakley has been trained to alert Storm to high heart rate, behaviour interruptions, DPT when she is experiencing a panic attack, and more. One time in particular that Oakley had a big impact on Storm was when they were together at a park. It was a very busy day as there were activities being held, and some parents and children had crowded around Storm and Oakley. Sensing that his human was becoming stressed from this, Oakley pulled on his leash and guided Storm to a nearby bench. 

Not only does Oakley help with his task-work, but he provides Storm with a sense of companionship. On days that are difficult, he’s always there to comfort and support her. Whether through snuggles or simply being close by, he always manages to brighten Storm’s day. 

When Oakley isn’t working, he and Storm enjoy going quad biking together. They both love the sense of adventure and exploring the new surroundings. When they feel like something more relaxing, they like to go for walks, whether at a park or around the block. 

The impact that Oakley has had on Storm has been huge. He has not only helped her to gain more confidence and independence, but also has brought so much love and happiness into her life. They truly share such a beautiful bond.

Amber, Aslan and Teenie — April 27, 2022

Amber, Aslan and Teenie

~ Amber, Aslan and Teenie ~

Nine years ago, Amber met Aslan, a four-week-old kitten, who was in need of a forever home. Since then, they have formed a very special bond and have even welcomed a second kitten, Teenie, into their lives just over a year ago. 

In 2012, Amber discovered a small kitten just moments away from being dumped. She took the kitten into her arms and fell instantly in love. In Amber’s mind, arriving at the exact spot at that exact time, it was simply meant to be. 

Fast forward to 2021 when Amber met Teenie. At the time, Amber was volunteering at Animals First Rescue. While there, she met a tiny one-week-old kitten – Teenie. The kitten was fighting for her life. She became very unwell and, for a while, her prognosis wasn’t good. However, with a lot of hard work and a lot of care, Teenie pulled through. Amber quickly decided to adopt Teenie and to give her the home she deserved. 

Each day since Amber adopted her furbabies has been filled with joy and love. Knowing they’re there by her side means so much. Whenever Amber is feeling down, snuggles from Aslan and Teenie brightens her day. They can always make her smile, even on the days when it’s difficult. 

Amber, Aslan and Teenie love spending time together. From playing with Aslan and Teenie’s vast array of toys, snuggles, dressing up in clothes from their large wardrobe, shopping for toys, food and more at pet stores, car trips, and much more! Being able to spend time together is something they all enjoy. Amber makes sure that every day, she reminds her furbabies just how much they mean to her. 

Because of the impact Aslan and Teenie have had on her, Amber decided to start an Instagram account for them both. She wanted to share the same joy they bring her with everyone else on social media. On their pages, Amber shares photos of Aslan and Teenie being themselves, spreading love and happiness with so many. 

The love and care that Amber, Aslan and Teenie share for each other is truly special. They have helped one another through thick and thin and know that no matter what, they will be there.

Alayna and Revere — April 25, 2022

Alayna and Revere

~ Alayna and Revere ~

Just under nine years ago, Alayna adopted Revere, a lovely tuxedo cat. In the time since then, they have formed a strong and beautiful bond and have had a huge impact on each other. 

Alayna has always been an animal lover. She had decided to visit a shelter in Boston, Massachusetts. There, she met a tiny black and white kitten with big loving eyes named Crayola. She was in love and had no doubt this was the perfect cat for her. Alayna adopted the kitten and gave her a new name – Revere. 

Shortly after welcoming Revere into her home, Alayna noticed it was a big adjustment. Revere was scared of her new surroundings and Alayna was scared that she might escape and run away. She kept her in the bathroom on the first night as it was the safest room she could think of. During the middle of the night, she decided to check on her new kitten. As soon as she opened the door, Revere meowed loudly and ran right up to her new human and just snuggled with her. Alayna knew from that moment that she and Revere were meant to be – and that she would no longer be spending nights in the bathroom. 

Having Revere has had a huge impact on Alayna. As someone who works from home, knowing that she has a furry friend to keep her company means a lot. Each day is filled with so much love and happiness because of Revere. She often reminds Alayna to take breaks and or stretch her legs after long days.

One of Alayna and Revere’s favourite things is to play together. From playing with her cat wand to chasing balls up and down the hallway, it always brightens their day. When they feel like relaxing, Alayna and Revere love snuggling together and just being in each other’s company. 

Revere has taught Alayna so much. She has helped her understand how to better communicate with cats and has shown her unconditional love. They share a beautiful bond and bring out the best in one another.

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.

Lauren and Gus — March 28, 2022

Lauren and Gus

~ Lauren and Gus ~

In 2019, Lauren met fluffball, Gus. Since then, they have formed a beautiful bond that has brought so much happiness and love into both their lives. 

Three years ago, Lauren saw a listing for a very fluffy black cat named Gus on the advertising website, Craigslist. She fell in love with his sweet little face and decided to adopt him. When she went to pick him up, Lauren was surprised by his feisty nature, but that made her love him even more, a little fluffy ball of sass.

Having Gus in her life has had a huge positive impact on Lauren. He has helped to brighten her days, shown unconditional love, and is always able to make her laugh with his antics. 

Gus continues to be a feisty ball of fluff. He loves Lauren immensely and even tries to protect her from anyone and everyone who tries to go into her house. Despite his protective nature, he enjoys affection from his human and, his favourite, the occasional goldfish cracker. 

The bond that Lauren and Gus share is truly special. He means so much to his human and has showered her with love ever since she gave him his forever home and the love they have for one another will only continue to grow. 

Darline and Madeleine — March 25, 2022

Darline and Madeleine

~ Darline and Madeleine ~

Just under four years ago, Darline adopted Scottish Fold Blue Point kitten, Madeleine. Since then, they have formed a very loving bond and have been with each other through thick and thin. 

In 2018, Darline was looking to adopt a furry friend. She decided to visit the Cattery Breughelhof in Antwerp, Belgium. While there, she met a tiny white kitten. Instantly, Darline knew it was meant to be and adopted her that day. Once they were home, Darline decided to name the kitten Madeleine, in honour of her late grandmother.

Having Madeleine has had a big impact on Darline. She has brought so much happiness and love into her life. On days that might be a bit difficult for her human, Madeleine is right there by her side to help her through it. No matter what, she always seems to be able to brighten the days of those around her with her fluffy self and mischievous antics. 

One of Darline and Madeleine’s favourite things to do is go for walkies. Madeleine has her own fashionable leash and loves to go to the park and just be in the sunshine. Darline enjoys this as she gets to go on new adventures with her feline friend and simply spend time together in nature. 

The impact that Darline and Madeleine have had on one another has been huge. Madeleine means the world to Darline and has brought so much joy since becoming a part of her life.