Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Niqi and Teddy — June 20, 2022

Niqi and Teddy

~ Niqi and Teddy ~

A few years ago, Niqi met Teddy, a beautiful Dachshund puppy. Their journey since then hasn’t been easy, however, they’ve been by each other’s side, providing love and happiness throughout all the tough times. 

Having always wanted a dog, Niqi was thrilled when she met a litter of Dachshund puppies. They were all adorable and Niqi loved all of them, however, one puppy, in particular with a dark-tipped tail, stood out to her. He immediately snuggled into her and she knew that he had chosen her in that moment. Without any doubt, Niqi decided to adopt the pup and named him Theodore, or Teddy for short. 

Having Teddy changed Niqi’s life. Each day, he brought her unconditional love and is like a ray of sunshine. No matter what, he can always brighten Niqi’s day. Teddy has changed her life for the better.

When Teddy was 5 years old, he had his first intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) episode. Niqi took him to the vet where she was told he had stage 5 IVDD, the most severe stage. It was an incredibly difficult time for Niqi as she feared the worst. Despite the severity, Teddy never gave up. He was determined to survive and fight his horrible illness. 

After a year of recovery and 24/7 monitoring, Teddy survived IVDD, however, it left his back legs paralysed. To help him get around, Niqi got him his own wheelchair. Seeing how well he adjusted to his new way of living was inspirational to her. Teddy never seemed upset or annoyed about having to use a wheelchair, and was quickly able to speed around!

Through sharing Teddy’s story, Niqi hopes it can provide others in similar situations with support and guidance. She is happy to answer any questions owners may have. Remembering how difficult it was for her, she wants to help the process feel less daunting. On Teddy’s page, Niqi shares photos of him loving and living life to the fullest. He shows everyone that, while he may have paralysis, it doesn’t mean he can’t live how he wants to. 

Something that Teddy and Niqi love doing together is going for walks. It’s time they can simply enjoy each other’s company and just be in the moment. As well as this, Teddy is quite the spoilt pup! Niqi often shares her food with him (dog-friendly snacks, of course!) and gives him endless cuddles. 

The bond that Niqi and Teddy share is so special. They bring so much love and joy into each other’s lives. Though they have been through some challenging times, together, they became stronger. 

Pickle’s Pawtraits — December 23, 2021

Pickle’s Pawtraits

~ Pickle’s Pawtraits ~

Just over a year ago, Abbey and Harley adopted Dachshund pup, Pickle. Since then, they have become a small family and have created a community full of animal lovers. 

Abbey and Harley had always loved animals, and when they heard of a litter of Dachshund puppies, they instantly jumped at the chance to adopt. When they met with them, a bubbly pup excitedly greeted them. Abbey and Harley knew from that moment this was the perfect furry friend. They adopted her and named her Pickle. 

Not long after having Pickle, Abbey and Harley created an Instagram account. They soon discovered how supportive and encouraging the animal community was and so decided to become more involved within it. That’s when they had the idea to start Pickle’s Pawtraits

Having Pickle has brought Abbey and Harley so much joy. They created a pawtrait of Pickle and their cat, Puss, and it brought smiles to their faces and their friends. So, they began creating pawtraits of other pet parents’ fur babies. Not only do they make digital pawtraits, but also mugs, stickers, and have their sights set on a few other products!

One of Abbey and Harley’s favourite things is getting to interact with so many pet parents from across the world. They love their work and it means a lot that they’re able to share their passion for animals with so many. Not only this, but hearing how much happiness each pawtrait brings also means the world to both Abbey and Harley. 

In 2021, Abbey and Harley were featured on The Project, a New Zealand news program. They shared their story about how Pickle’s Pawtraits began and what they hope for the future of their business. This was a big highlight for Abbey and Harley in their Pickle’s Pawtraits journey. Being able to share what they do has helped them reach more people. 

Since starting Pickle’s Pawtraits, Abbey and Harley donate $5 from each pawtrait to different animal charities across NZ. Each month they choose a new charity, and at the end of that month, they donate the proceeds. They have helped many different charities, including Nine Lives Orphanage, Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ, NZ Chihuahua Rescue, and, most recently, Boxers and Bullies NZ. Not only does this greatly help each charity, but it also spreads awareness around the work they do for animals in NZ. 

The impact that Pickle has had on Abbey and Harley has been huge. She has brought so much happiness and love into their lives. The love Abbey and Harley have for animals is evident in what they do with Pickle’s Pawtraits and for the animal community in New Zealand.