Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Christina, Frida, Leo and Paula — October 22, 2021

Christina, Frida, Leo and Paula

~ Christina, Frida, Leo and Paula ~

A year ago, Christina welcomed Frida, Leo and Paula into her life. Ever since, they have all become a strong family, who have continuously brought so much love and joy into each other’s lives. 

During Easter of 2020, Christina found two stray cats in her barn, Frida and Leo. They were hungry and in need of some care, so Christina took them home. She felt they were a very special Easter surprise. 

Two months later, Frida and Leo gave birth to a litter of four kittens. It was a bit of a surprise to Christina, however, she managed to find homes for three of the kittens and decided to keep the fourth. They are the perfect cats and she is so grateful to have them in her life. 

No matter what, Frida, Leo and Paula can brighten Christina’s day. Whether they’re being mischievous, cuddly or just themselves, they always bring a smile to Christina’s face. 

Caring for the three of them brings Christina immense joy. She loves being able to give them the best life possible after being alone for so long. 

The love and happiness that Christina, Frida, Leo and Paula have all brought into each other’s lives is so special. They have all changed one another’s lives for the better. 

Renee and Locky — October 15, 2021

Renee and Locky

~ Renee and Locky ~

Several years ago, Renee welcomed little kitten, Locky, into her life. Ever since then, they have formed a very special bond. 

One day, Renee saw a photo of a kitten on the Franklin Cat Rescue Facebook page. She immediately fell in love with his face and asked to meet him. Soon, she and her husband, Joe, were on their way to meet the kitten. 

Upon arrival, they were taken into a room full of cats and kittens. Not long after, a cat ran into Renee’s leg. When she looked down, she realised it was the same cat she saw on the Facebook page. She picked him up and he snuggled right into her arms. There was no doubt in her mind this was definitely her cat. 

Renee has a heart condition that can cause some challenges in her daily life. As well as this, in 2021, she sustained a concussion and has been slowly recovering. Throughout the tough times, Locky has always been right there for her. No matter what, he never fails to brighten her day. 

During Renee’s recovery from her concussion, Locky was never far away. He comforted her and provided her with a constant source of entertainment! Having Locky brings so much happiness into Renee and Joe’s lives. 

Not only does he always bring a smile to Renee’s face, but Locky is always there for a hug. Whenever she holds him, he will happily curl up into her arms. He is a very loving cat and often reminds Renee of her late mother. 

When Renee and Joe go for walks, Locky sometimes enjoys going along with them. He will happily trot alongside them, as well as exploring what others are up to in his neighbourhood. Locky and Renee also share a love of food, which they love to bond over!

Locky has had such a huge impact on Renee and he brings her endless joy. He has made Renee and Joe feel more like a family and is like a son to them both. The love that both Locky and Renee share is truly special.

Lisa and Lekker — October 6, 2021

Lisa and Lekker

~ Lisa and Lekker ~

One day four years ago, Lisa went to spend some time at her local SPCA to play with some kittens. Little did she know, she was going to be leaving with her own fur baby, Lekker

Lisa has always been an animal lover. In 2017, she visited the Wellington SPCA to spend some time with the kittens who were there at the time. While there, she met a black cat who was on her own in a cage. She had been up for adoption for seven months.

As soon as they saw each other, the cat started trying to get Lisa’s attention. The SPCA staff opened her cage and she head-butted Lisa and immediately started purring. There was no doubt in Lisa’s mind that this black cat, Lekker, had found her forever home. 

Sadly, Lekker had often been passed by when people came looking to adopt. Due to the superstitious beliefs held around black cats, she wasn’t able to find her home any earlier. Luckily, Lisa saw her beauty and knew Lekker was the perfect cat for her. 

With Lekker at her side, Lisa has found so much happiness. Lekker is her constant companion and is always there for cuddles. When she is having a tough day, she knows that her feline friend is right there and can always brighten her day, no matter what. 

During the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, Lekker helped Lisa to better cope. Through her mischievous behaviour and an endless supply of snuggles, Lekker was an amazing companion to have during that very stressful time!

Lekker loves to cuddle and show affection. When she’s feeling a bit more active, however, she loves chasing after flies and running up and down the hallway while Lisa throws cat treats. She also quite enjoys 3am zoomies, while Lisa isn’t so much of a fan of this. 

Lisa and Lekker truly share such a strong bond and have so much love for each other. It is evident how much of an impact each has had on the other.

Sarah and Sherlock — August 30, 2021

Sarah and Sherlock

~ Sarah and Sherlock ~

A year ago, Sarah welcomed Sherlock into her life. Ever since, they have both brought so much happiness into each other’s lives. 

At the end of 2020, Sarah had heard of a cat who had been abandoned at her local shelter. Most of his past is a mystery, other than he was around four years old when he arrived at the shelter. 

She and her husband weren’t looking to get a cat at this point and time, however, Sherlock had other plans. Sarah saw a photo of a small, timid grey cat. She called the shelter and the very next day, Sherlock had found his home. 

It was an adjustment for everyone having a new cat. Sherlock took a while to warm up to his new family. After a few days, he began to trust his new humans. Now, he and Sarah are inseparable.

Having Sherlock has brought so much happiness to Sarah’s life. His inquisitive and kind nature never fails to bring a smile to her face. No matter what is happening, Sherlock is always at Sarah’s side. 

Not only has Sherlock provided more happiness, but he has helped Sarah’s mental health immensely. When she’s struggling, Sherlock brings her so much joy and comfort. It has been life-changing for her. 

Shortly after adopting Sherlock, Sarah discovered his natural talent for being a model. He enjoys posing for the camera and Sarah enjoys creating a story to accompany the photos. 

During the Covid-19 lockdown, Sarah decided to start an instagram page for Sherlock. He quickly became very popular. Solving cases such as the case of the empty treat jar, where his human went to, and many more. He ensures justice (and treats) is served whenever he can. 

Sherlock has definitely had a positive impact on Sarah and her husband. Not only does he bring happiness to every day, but he has also inspired Sarah to pursue her passion for writing. Through his adventures, Sarah is able to be creative once again. 

The bond that Sarah and Sherlock share is so strong. It is obvious how much they love and care for each other. They have both helped one another to grow and find joy in the simple things.

Abi, Toulouse, Cookie and Daiquiri — August 27, 2021

Abi, Toulouse, Cookie and Daiquiri

~ 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. 

Elizabeth and Theo — August 25, 2021

Elizabeth and Theo

~ Elizabeth and Theo ~

Last year, Theo found his forever home with Elizabeth. Ever since then, the two have formed a very special bond and brought so much love and happiness into each other’s life. 

In 2020, Elizabeth wanted to welcome a furry friend into her life. It wasn’t long until she met a small, fluffy and cheeky 8-week-old tabby kitten. It was love at first sight. Within that time, he’d found his home with Elizabeth and had a new name – Theodore, or Theo. 

Having Theo has helped Elizabeth immensely. Throughout the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in Australia, Theo was right there to help Elizabeth through the challenges it presented. He comforted her and helped make it a bit easier. 

Whenever Elizabeth is having a tough time, Theo is always right there. He’s a very loving cat and loves to snuggle with his human. Whenever she returns home from work, he is beyond thrilled to welcome her back with a cuddle. 

No matter what may be happening in Elizabeth’s life, she knows she has Theo. He can bring a smile to her face even when she’s struggling. He enjoys spending time with friends and is always excited to meet new people. 

After a long and busy day, Elizabeth and Theo enjoy spending quality time together. When Elizabeth goes to sit or lay down on the couch, Theo will curl up with her and have a nap. This time is their favourite. It’s time for just them to enjoy the company of one another. 

Elizabeth and Theo have such a sweet bond. It is evident how much love they share. They enjoy spending time together and never fail to brighten each other’s day. 

Becca and Taco — August 20, 2021

Becca and Taco

~ Becca and Taco ~

At the start of 2021, Taco found his forever home when Becca adopted him. In the short amount of time together, they have formed such a strong and special bond. 

Only a few months old, a small, stray tabby cat, Taco, found his way into the Outrider Dogs Rehab and Rescue, based in Connecticut. He had been living with a foster family, but was always looking for his forever family. That was until January 23rd of this year. 

Becca has always loved cats. She had been looking for one for years. She decided to visit the Outrider Dogs Rehab and Rescue one day. It was then she met Taco. The kitten who had been looking for a place to call his own finally found it. That same day, he went home to Boston with Becca.

Due to the 2019 covid-19 lockdown, Becca struggled with anxiety immensely. The uncertainty and stress from isolation was having a big impact on her. However, some of her anxiety was lessened thanks to Taco. 

While covid has put a stop to many things both this year and last, Taco has helped Becca cope. No matter how stressful times might, Taco never fails to bring a smile to Becca’s face. Every day is made that much brighter because of him. 

Taco has brought a lot of happiness and laughter into Becca’s life. He is a very playful cat but also enjoys snuggling up with his human. Whether he is running after a feather toy or curled up on Becca’s lap, he can always bring a smile to her face. Not only this, but Taco loves to follow Becca wherever she goes and loves to be picked up for a cuddle!

Both Becca and Taco have formed a very special bond. It is obvious how much Taco has improved Becca’s life, and how much she has changed his through providing him with a loving forever home. 

Sarah and Yeti — July 12, 2021

Sarah and Yeti

~ Sarah and Yeti ~

Loving cat, Yeti, found her forever home with human, Sarah, and adoptive brother, Oscar. Since then, they have formed a strong bond and support one another. 

Having seen her photo on social media, Sarah instantly fell in love with Yeti, a Tortie Point Exotic Shorthair cat. Sarah and her partner, Grady, drove 10 hours just to meet her. The breeder was looking to rehome Yeti as they already had two litters. From that day forward, Yeti was welcomed into Sarah’s life. 

Before adopting Yeti, Sarah had another cat, Oscar. Sadly, Oscar lost his brother at a young age. Upon meeting Yeti, he found himself becoming happier. Yeti provided Oscar with a companion, and she comforted him when he was stressed.  

Not only has Yeti helped her adoptive brother, but she has brought a new level of happiness into their home. Since adopting her, Sarah feels that there’s so much more love and excitement around them. No matter what’s going on, Yeti can always bring a bit of happiness to their day.  

Unfortunately, Yeti struggles with an oral condition where her tongue is always sticking out. Although this can be a challenge at times, it doesn’t stop her from enjoying some yummy food and treats whenever she wants! Sarah has learned about cat nutrition and alternatives to dry cat food as Yeti cannot properly eat this.  

After a long day, or simply just when wanting to relax, Yeti and Sarah enjoy settling down and watching a movie together. While her humans are watching movies, Yeti loves to curl up next to them and enjoy their company.  

The bond between Sarah and Yeti is very strong. Not only have they provided comfort for each other, but they have also learnt a lot. The love between them is obvious, simply just from how Yeti is always at her side.

Danica and Lita — May 31, 2021

Danica and Lita

~ Danica and Lita ~

When Danica first met Lita, no one would have known the immense impact she would have on her human.  Ever since day one, the two have become inseparable.  

Sadly, in 2018, Danica lost her cat following a car accident.  This was devastating.  The following year, her boyfriend convinced her to go to their local SPCA.  Danica was not ready to welcome a new cat into her life.  Although, as you may know, animals have other ideas.  

Once at the SPCA, Danica met with some of the cats and kittens in their care.  It was then she met one very special cat.  This cat looked like Danica’s previous cat, only a lot fluffier.  She couldn’t not bring this cat into her life, and left the SPCA with a new companion, Lita.  

Having Lita has helped Danica immensely.  Danica has struggled with her mental health.  As well as this, she was supporting her mother who was fighting cancer at the time.  It was a difficult time for her and having Lita helped her feel like she wasn’t alone.  Lita helped take Danica’s mind off of what was happening and comforted her when times became too difficult.  

No matter what may be happening in Danica’s life, Lita can always bring a smile to her face.  She meets Danica every time she returns home, and enjoys spending time with her.  Their favourite time is when Danica is playing a PlayStation game and Lita will curl up next to her.  

It is evident how much Danica and Lita mean to one another.  They both bring out the best in each other and provide the other with strength.  They have been through a lot together, but this only goes to show the love they share.

Kaysie and Alfie — April 26, 2021

Kaysie and Alfie

~ Kaysie and Alfie ~

Kaysie has always loved animals, especially cats.  She has worked from home as a beauty therapist for a while, and soon hired Maine Coon kitten, Alfie, as her companion and assistant.  

After working by herself from home, Kaysie decided a calm and loving cat would be a wonderful addition to her life.  She soon contacted a Maine Coon breeder in Rotorua, New Zealand.  They set up a meeting and Kaysie went in to visit the newest litter. 

At the meeting, Kaysie met a very fluffy white and brown Maine Coon kitten.  He was playful and curious about the world around him.  The breeder was initially going to keep him for breeding but saw the instant connection between him and Kaysie.  It was from that moment, Kaysie welcomed Alfie into her life.  

Kaysie’s beauty therapy is something she does from home.  Having Alfie has helped both her and her clients – in the form of cat therapy.  As a kitten, Alfie could sit beside Kaysie’s clients when appropriate and would happily stay there for the session.  

Now, Alfie has become a bit bigger and is no longer able to fit onto the bed the way he used to.  Despite this, he always ensures that he shows some extra care to any client that he feels needs it.  Simply purring while near clients can also be therapeutic for any client.  Alfie has great intuition and makes sure he offers a cuddle to anyone and everyone who comes into their home.  

Having Alfie in her life, Kaysie has noticed he has had an immense impact on her.  Simply knowing he is there, right by her side, has been a great comfort.  Alfie is always interested in what Kaysie is doing and will happily sit next to her and watch her as she works.  

Alfie and Kaysie truly share a special bond.  You can tell how much love they have for one another.  Kaysie feels Alfie has brought more happiness and calmness into her life.  Just being in each other’s company brightens their day!