Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Katie, George, Charlie and Slade — December 23, 2022

Katie, George, Charlie and Slade

~ Katie, George, Charlie and Slade ~

Several years ago, Katie welcomed George into her home. Since then, Charlie and Slade have joined their family, too. In the time since, they have all formed such a beautiful bond and have hugely impacted each other’s lives. 

In 2019, during a trip to England, Katie and her partner were scrolling through social media at a McDonald’s. After a while, Katie’s partner saw a post about a litter of Jack Russel French Bulldog x puppies – her two favourite types of dog. He showed her the photos and a week later, after returning to New Zealand, they adopted one of the puppies and named him George.

Since then, George has helped Katie so much. When she got him, Katie was struggling with her mental health. Having him helped her through it. Through the positivity he brought into her life and having to care for him, Katie found hope. 

Weeks after adopting George, Katie started a new job. Not wanting to leave George home alone, she decided to adopt a second dog. She and her partner went to the SPCA and met with a sweet little pup. However, a very enthusiastic and snuggly pup, named Charlie pushed his way in. He stole their hearts and in that moment, he knew he had found his forever home. 

One evening, while seeing Katie with George and Charlie, her partner decided to propose. Shortly after, they got married. The two dogs held a very important role during the wedding. They were on their very best behaviour throughout the ceremony, and even barked when the celebrant asked for agreement! That same week, they welcomed Slade into their family.

In his previous relationship, Katie’s partner had a dog. However, when they broke up, he was unable to keep the dog. Luckily, in 2021, Slade and he were reunited and were able to adopt him. 

Every single day has been hugely improved thanks to the doggie trio. Their sweet smiles, their mischievous personalities, no matter what, they spread joy wherever they go. George is more of an old man compared to Charlie, who has endless energy but also knows when someone needs a snuggle. Slade is the most affectionate of the three and loves to be around his humans. 

Katie, her partner and their dogs love going on adventures together, especially at the beach. Whether swimming, playing fetch or just enjoying the scenery, it’s always something that brightens their day.

The impacts that George, Charlie and Slade have all had on Katie has been huge. They have all brought a lot of joy into each other’s lives and fill each day with so much love. From days spent at the beach to relaxing at home, every day is made that much better because they have one another. 

Sara, Charlie and Keith — June 1, 2022

Sara, Charlie and Keith

~ Sara, Charlie and Keith ~

Nine years ago, Sara and her daughter, Charlie, met Keith, a black and white cat, who had been waiting day in, day out, for his forever home. From the moment they laid eyes on him, they knew he had found his forever home. 

In 2013, while volunteering at a local cat rescue, Sara and Charlie met a very sick little black and white kitten. He was brought in with the cat flu and had gastrointestinal issues. After a month, he still wasn’t getting any better. Charlie had fallen in love with him. He would follow her everywhere and climb on her shoulders as she worked with Sara at the rescue. 

Because of how much he had impacted her daughter, Sara decided to take him to a vet and got as many tests done as possible. Before adopting him, she wanted to make sure it was safe as she already had several other cats at home. The very next day, being Charlie’s 10th birthday, they went to the rescue and adopted the kitten! From that moment, he had found his forever home and a new name – Keith. 

While he had many health issues, Keith shared his big personality with everyone. It took four months of close monitoring but Sara helped nurse him to health. What has been really special is the bond that he and Charlie share. As someone with autism, Charlie found it hard to interact with her peers. Keith became her best friend and helped provide her with that connection. He waits for her every day to return from school and happily plays with her whenever she wants to. 

Early on, Sara found that Keith had a passion for arts and crafts. He has become quite an artist and does a lot of paintings. As well as this, he is also happy to help Charlie in any arts and crafts project she may be working on. 

Having Keith has brought so much joy into Sara’s life. Wherever he goes, he spreads happiness. Even on days that are challenging, having Keith makes everything a bit brighter. There’s just something about him that makes people smile, no matter what.

At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Charlie wanted to start an Instagram account for Keith, to share the joy he brings her with the world. Through this page, they share the ups and downs that Keith experiences as a result of his health issues, both physical and mental. However, Sara and Charlie hope that by sharing Keith with the world, they’re also sharing the positivity he brings. 

The impact that Keith has had on his humans has been huge. He has brought so much happiness and love into Sara and Charlie’s lives. Each day since adopting him has been made so much better simply because he’s there for them. 

Sam, Netts, Charlie Horse and Jack — May 6, 2022

Sam, Netts, Charlie Horse and Jack

~ Sam, Netts, Charlie Horse and Jack ~

Fourteen years ago, Sam and Netts met Jack, an energetic Cairn Terrier. Almost ten years later, Charlie became part of their family. 

One day, 13 and a half years ago, Sam and Netts met a bouncy puppy at a pet store. They were told he had been in and out of different stores. They fell in love and decided to adopt him and give him his forever home and a new name, Jack.

Since adopting Jack, Sam and Netts discovered their passion for dogs. Jack brought them both so much joy and love and they wanted to share this with others. Sam and Netts began fostering dogs from Aran Rescue. This meant a great deal to them in being able to help dogs from difficult backgrounds to flourish and find their forever home. Not only this, but Jack helped a lot, too. He would always comfort and guide the fostered dogs.

Then, in 2018, Sam and Netts decided to foster a sweet Heading Dog named Charlie Horse, or Charlie. She had been bought into the Whanganui Pound, and later Aran Rescue, at three months old as her previous owners thought she was showing signs of aggression, which turned out to be teething. When Sam and Netts arrived at the rescue to meet Charlie, she came tearing around the corner to meet them and flopped into their laps. Safe to say, she quickly became a foster fail.

It took some time for Sam, Netts and Jack to adjust to having an energetic farm dog. Charlie turned out to be very smart and loved being active which, while took some getting used to, brought even more joy into their lives. 

Having Charlie and Jack have had a huge impact on Sam and Netts. They encourage their humans to go for walks each day and bring so much happiness into their lives. During days that may be a bit tough for Sam and Netts, Charlie and Jack are right there for them. 

Not only have Charlie and Jack impacted Sam and Netts, but also the wider community. From sharing a photo, being part of a fundraising event, even helping those who are afraid of dogs, Charlie and Jack help many people and dogs. Each day, they inspire Sam and Netts to continue the work they do. 

At the end of 2021, Sam and Netts noticed a bump on Jack’s tail. During this time, they were terrified of what it might mean for their beloved pup. It turned out to be a benign tumour and had become infected. They feared the worst but, after a course of antibiotics and a lot of love and care, Jack pulled through! 

Sam and Netts’ lives have definitely changed for the better thanks to Charlie and Jack. They have brought each other so much love, happiness and positivity. The bond they all share with one another is incredibly special. 

Amber and Charlie — January 21, 2022

Amber and Charlie

~ Amber and Charlie ~

Three years ago, Amber welcomed Shepsky mix, Charlie, into her life. Since then, they have formed a very special bond and have improved each other’s lives. 

At the start of 2019, Amber had heard of a litter of puppies that had just been born. The owners were searching for good homes, and Amber fell instantly in love with one pup in particular. She quickly decided to adopt her and named her Charlie. 

Having Charlie has helped Amber immensely. She has supported her human through many challenging times, including a difficult break-up and the death of a close friend. With Charlie at her side, Amber knew she wasn’t alone and that she was loved. 

Before having Charlie, Amber was in a bad relationship. It was a rough time for her, but after adopting Charlie, Amber felt she had to do something. Charlie gave her the strength to leave the relationship and helped her to break free and live a better life for herself.

No matter what challenges Amber might face, Charlie never fails to make her smile. She’s mischievous and loves to play! When playing together, Amber loves focusing on just Charlie. She can always brighten Amber’s day. 

As well as this, they love going on adventures together. Whether exploring new places or going for walks, Amber and Charlie love having this time together. They know it’s time they can just spend in each other’s company and just be. 

It is obvious how much of an impact Charlie has had on Amber. She has helped her through so many tough times and has helped her to be where she is now and to find a positive relationship with someone who cares for them both. Charlie’s dad loves her, and they’re definitely a happy family. The love that Amber and Charlie have for one another is so strong.

Francesca, Charlie, Wilson and Willow — November 10, 2021

Francesca, Charlie, Wilson and Willow

~ Francesca, Charlie, Wilson and Willow ~

Ten years ago, Francesca welcomed Charlie and Wilson into her life. Then, in 2020, puppy, Willow, joined their family. Throughout all this, they have formed a very strong bond. All three dogs have also inspired Francesca to pursue her art. 

In 2011, Francesca and her family had heard of a litter of Miniature Schnauzer x Jack Russel puppies. Their family had incomplete without a canine companion, and they felt an active and friendly pup was the perfect addition. 

They met the litter and they instantly fell in love with two of the puppies. When they were old enough, Francesca’s family welcomed Charlie and Wilson as new furry family members. 

Having Charlie brought Francesca and her family so much happiness. Her cheekiness never failed to make them laugh and she always knew just how to brighten their day. 

Early 2018, Francesca started her own business, ‘Wilson Portraits’. This has become her passion project. Through Wilson Portraits, she creates portraits of people’s pets. Her first work was a Dalmation and she felt overjoyed to combine her love of art and animals to create something that others can cherish.

Sadly, two years later, Wilson passed away. Francesca and her family were heartbroken. Following his death, they welcomed a second fur baby into their home. They had heard of another breeder who had a new litter of Heading x Huntaway puppies. Soon, she was on her way to meet the pups and fell in love with a sweet little pup, Willow. 

Willow has brought a lot of positivity into Francesca’s life. She has also become a sister to Charlie and the two love spending time together. Francesca loves seeing them together.

Francesca and her family’s lives have been changed thanks to Charlie and Willow. They enjoy going on walks together, snuggling up after a long day, and occasionally, they check up on them both during the day to ensure they’re okay.

With both Charlie and Willow, Francesca has been continuously encouraged to keep creating portraits. She enjoys gifting her artwork to friends and loves the joy it brings people when they see their furbaby captured so beautifully. 

Not only does Francesca create pet portraits, but she has done many different works of art and occasionally sells t-shirts with her designs. Her passions truly show through all that she does. 

The love that Charlie and Willow bring to Francesca’s life is so special. They have had such a big impact on her and have helped her to pursue her passion. The three of them all care so much for each other and have been amazing companions.

Charlie and Molly — March 8, 2021

Charlie and Molly

~ Charlie and Molly ~

In the short amount of time since being together, Charlie and her labradoodle, Molly, have become the best of friends.  

Molly was welcomed into the family on Charlie’s birthday.  The two of them had an instant bond and Charlie recalls Molly being the cutest puppy she had ever seen.  From then, their friendship only grew.  

Having Molly in her life has helped Charlie through some tough times.  If she’s struggling, Charlie knows that Molly will be right there.  Whether to listen without judgement or to offer comfort in the form of a fluffy hug!  Charlie feels safe around Molly.  She can confide in Molly, knowing she won’t judge her or be disappointed in her.  This is something that has helped Charlie immensely.  

Even though Molly isn’t quite a year old yet, she and Charlie share an incredible bond.  They enjoy simply spending time together.  From just enjoying each other’s company to long walks along beaches and rivers.  As well as this, they love going on adventures and trying new things, from new treats to new tricks!

The bond between Charlie and Molly is evident.  In the year they’ve been together, they have flourished as friends.  Charlie can’t imagine what her life would be like without her canine companion.  Molly means the world to Charlie and Charlie means the world to Molly.  

Paula and Charlie — February 8, 2021

Paula and Charlie

~ Paula and Charlie ~

Charlie, a lovely black labrador, met his fur-ever person, Paula, during a breeder meet-and-greet. From there, it was love at first sight.

Charlie is now in training to become Paula’s Assistance Dog. Paula, unfortunately, struggles with her mental health on a daily basis. Dealing with such conditions as PTSD, EUPD, and anxiety, present many challenges. However, amid all this, she knows Charlie is right there for her to help her find hope.

After her mental health challenges overwhelmed her, Paula nearly lost her life. It was in this moment, Charlie comforted her. He stayed right by her side until help arrived. His unwavering loyalty helped to pull her through this dark moment. If it wasn’t for Charlie, Paula isn’t sure what would have happened during that time, nor if she would be here now. Charlie saved her life that day, and every day since.

Having Charlie has added a bit of hope to Paula’s life and encourages her to keep going. Every morning, Charlie helps Paula get up, usually by him wondering where his breakfast is! Charlie gives Paula a sense of responsibility. He helps her focus on something outside of herself and to care for another living being.

Not only this, but because of Charlie, Paula has become more active. She goes out with Charlie for walks and they often enjoy playing with Charlie’s many toys. They also do a lot of training, such as obedience and assistance dog lessons. They especially love walking along the beach together, with the occasional swim!

Paula feels that, without Charlie, she might not be here. He is her hero and she is immensely grateful to him. He helps her through the tough times and makes the good times better. It is evident how much they care for one another. Charlie has brought hope, happiness, and love into Paula’s life.