Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Mary and Hero — February 6, 2023

Mary and Hero

~ Mary and Hero ~

Two years ago, Mary met Hero for the first time. Since then, they have changed each other’s lives for the better and continue to bring endless joy and unconditional love into every single day. 

At the time, Mary wasn’t looking to adopt a dog. She had a nine-year-old German Shepherd, Daisy, and was grieving the loss of her heart dog who passed away five years prior. Adopting another dog made her feel uneasy. However, she soon heard of a six-year-old white German Shepherd, named Hero, who had been surrendered and was struggling at the shelter. He became very anxious, destructive and tried to escape a couple of times. To prevent him from hurting himself, he was put on antidepressants. 

Hearing this story broke Mary’s heart. As soon as she could, she arranged a meeting with this dog. When she arrived, she could just feel how sad Hero was. Looking into his eyes, Mary was able to relate to the heartbreak he was feeling, too. She knew this feeling all too well and knew they both needed a bit of love and care. 

Soon after the first meeting, Mary brought Daisy into the shelter to meet Hero. Daisy was feeling sad at the loss of her sisfur, too. Yet, when she met Hero, the two immediately got along. Seeing how happy they both were, Mary knew that Hero had found his new forever home. 

When she brought Hero home, Mary knew it would take a long time for him to feel comfortable. He didn’t have much interest in food, didn’t trust anyone and was depressed for a long time. However, with the continual care of Mary and her husband, as well as Daisy becoming a pivotal part of his recovery, Hero soon flourished. Slowly, he was even able to be weaned off his antidepressants. It took quite some time, but now, Hero is loving his life and the dogs and humans who have made his life what it is. 

Not only has Hero impacted Mary, but also those around them. Mary works as a videographer and director, and her canine companion tagged along to every project. Eventually, he felt comfortable making appearances in her videos and it didn’t take long before he found himself in the spotlight. Mary was often asked to start a social media account for Hero and, before long, she did just that. Since starting this, he has brought so much happiness to everyone who follows his daily life.

Seeing how much Hero has grown means the world to Mary. Before adopting him, she didn’t think she could love another dog like she had her previous companion, but having Hero has given her hope and has made her feel whole again. Every day since they found one another has been filled with love and joy. They have truly changed each other’s lives for the better. 

Amy, Lady and Gus —

Amy, Lady and Gus

~ Amy, Lady and Gus ~

Almost six years ago, Amy adopted Lady. Then, four years later, they welcomed Gus into their family. Since then, Amy, Lady and Gus have changed each other’s lives hugely. 

In 2017, Amy was looking to adopt a dog. After some searching, she found a litter of puppies online looking for their forever homes. Two of the puppies had already been adopted, but when she went to meet them in person, she instantly fell in love with the pup named Lady. Then and there, Amy knew this puppy had found her home. Four years later, in 2021, Amy came across a pup named Gus on PetFinder. As soon as she saw his face, she fell in love and decided to adopt him. 

Having Lady and Gus has changed Amy’s life. Lady is a little ray of sunshine in her human’s life and, no matter what, can always bring a smile to her face. Because of this, she has had a big impact on Amy’s mental wellbeing and continues to make each day better. Since adopting Gus, he has become very in tune with Amy’s emotions. Whenever she’s feeling anxious or upset, Gus always walks over and gives her lots of cuddles. 

Not only have Lady and Gus impacted Amy’s life, but also those around them. When they are out and about or just walking down the street, they bring a bit of joy to everyone they meet. Amy feels that the world would be a better place if everyone had a dog like Lady or Gus!

Something that Amy, Lady and Gus enjoy doing is spending time together. One of Amy and Lady’s most favourite things is sitting down and watching a movie. Lady’s favourite kinds of movies are cartoons and horrors as she will stay up and watch the movie with her human. Times like these always fill Amy’s heart and being able to spend this time together means so much to her. 

The bond that Amy, Lady and Gus share is amazing. They have changed each other’s lives for the better and continue to fill every day with love and happiness. 

Nicole and Rigatoni — February 3, 2023

Nicole and Rigatoni

~ Nicole and Rigatoni ~

Almost two years ago, Nicole met Rigatoni, a sweet little Dachshund puppy. Since then, they have become the best of friends and have helped each other hugely. 

In 2021, shortly after the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions began to lift, Nicole was looking to adopt a dog. She had been feeling lonely and wanted a companion who could keep her company while working from home. When a friend told her there was a litter of puppies looking for a home, Nicole jumped at the chance and arranged a visit. 

Once there, Nicole instantly fell in love with one pup in particular – Rigatoni. He sat with her and gave her lots of cuddles, choosing her to be his human. A few weeks later, Rigatoni was on his way to his new forever home. 

Having Rigatoni has hugely impacted Nicole’s life. No matter what, he can always brighten his human’s day by sharing endless joy and laughter. Not only has he impacted Nicole’s life, but also that of their community and others online. Shortly after adopting him, Nicole posted a video of him to social media. It went viral and she received hundreds of messages from people telling her how much it made their day. 

Something that Nicole and Rigatoni enjoy doing is being active and social together. Living in an apartment building, and across from a popular dog park, they’re often stopped by people, and sometimes dogs, wanting to say hi to Rigatoni. Nicole tries to organise puppy-playdates whenever possible, so much so, he runs straight to the door whenever she says, “Do you want to see your friends?” It means a lot to Nicole to have such a supportive group of friends, as well as seeing the joy it brings Rigatoni. 

The bond that Nicole and Rigatoni share is so special. They have brought so much love and light into each other’s lives. Every day is made better simply because they have one another. 

Wenny and Sadie — January 30, 2023

Wenny and Sadie

~ Wenny and Sadie ~

About four years ago, Sadie found her forever home with Wenny. Since then, they have been on many adventures together and have changed each other’s lives hugely. 

In December 2019, while looking at the Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ website, Wenny came across a sweet tripawd pup named Sadie looking for her forever home. Instantly, he fell in love with her face and decided to arrange a visit. Once there, he had no doubts in his mind that this pup was perfect and adopted her then and there, welcoming her into his home including two cats and fifteen canaries!

In 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, having Sadie impacted Wenny hugely. While the country went into isolation, having a canine companion helped him get through that period. Each day, they went for walks together, play fetch, and just spend this with one another.

With Sadie in his life, Wenny has been able to participate in new opportunities and be more active. When going out for walks, many people go up to them to ask about Sadie and her story. This has allowed Wenny to meet many new people and to enjoy new experiences that he wouldn’t have without his canine companion. Every time they go out, he has become more aware of areas that are dog-friendly where Sadie can accompany him to. 

At the end of each day, Wenny and Sadie love to play fetch. Whenever he returns home from work, Sadie knows it’s time to play. She would happily spend hours chasing after a ball and bringing it back to her human. Afterwards, they enjoy being able to curl up together and enjoy each other’s company. 

Being able to give Sadie the life she deserves, after having such a challenging upbringing, means so much to Wenny. They have both changed each other’s lives hugely and bring so much love and joy into every day. 

Tiara and Mello — January 23, 2023

Tiara and Mello

~ Tiara and Mello ~

Two years ago, Tiara met Staffy x, Mello. Since then, they have become the best of friends and have impacted each other’s lives hugely. 

In 2020, Tiara met a very small puppy. She was malnourished and had been taken away from her mother far too soon as she wasn’t receiving the care she needed. Despite her tough start to life, the pup was very calm and quiet, leading to her being named Mello. However, soon after settling into her new home and having a full tummy, she showed her true colours as a perky and active dog!

Soon after adopting Mello, Tiara went through a difficult break-up. It was a dark time for her, but her furry friend never left her side. Mello became her human’s reason to get out of bed each morning, provided her with a routine, and, most importantly, showed her unconditional love. Now, whenever Tiara has a tough day, Mello just knows and will lick her hand and lay her head on her human’s lap. 

Not only has Mello impacted her human, but also Tiara’s mother. Having disliked dogs for a long time, when Tiara adopted Mello, her mother was slowly won over by Mello’s puppy dog eyes! She knows that her grandma often sneaks a bit of food under the table at dinner time, and ensures to always sit right by her chair. 

Both Tiara and Mello enjoy going on adventures. From walking through the bush, going on hikes to even sunbathing together at the family bach, this time they get to spend together is never wasted. Simply being in each other’s company means the world to them.

The bond that Tiara and Mello share is truly beautiful. They have helped each other through many challenges, but have also made the good times even better. Each day is made better simply because they have each other. 

Gemma, Floki and Kiara — January 13, 2023

Gemma, Floki and Kiara

~ Gemma, Floki and Kiara ~

Six years ago, Gemma welcomed rescue pup, Floki, into her life. Then, not long after, they welcomed Kiara into their family. Since then, they have all formed such a strong bond with one another and continue to enrich each other’s lives. 

For as long as she can remember, Gemma has always loved animals. Wanting to adopt one of her own when she arrived in New Zealand, she instantly visited a shelter in hopes of finding a furry friend. Once there, she met a beautiful tan and white Cattle Dog x – Floki. He reminded Gemma of her family dog back in England and, in that moment, she knew he was perfect. 

Just under six years after adopting Floki, Gemma felt he needed a friend to be at home with. Then, one day, she saw a Staffy x online, named Kiara, who was looking for a forever home. She decided to arrange a visit, with Floki, and as soon as they met, both dogs hit it off and Gemma knew Kiara had found her new home. 

Having Floki and Kiara has been life-changing for Gemma. Floki has brought so much love and joy into his human’s life and has helped her to learn so much about dog training. Kiara has taught her human even more about dog training as her way of learning is different to Floki’s. Both she and Floki have such a great friendship. It means a lot to Gemma to see them so happy together. 

Both dogs have brought so much love and joy into Gemma’s life. At the end of a long day, she knows that, no matter what, she will have two very excited doggos waiting to welcome her back home. As well as this, Floki and Kiara have encouraged Gemma to be more adventurous by exploring new areas for walks and exercise. Having this time with her canine companions means the world to her. 

Not only has Gemma visited more places, but she’s also had the opportunity to meet many people, and dogs, through Floki and Kiara’s social media accounts. Floki is a gentle doggo that, at first, may be a bit shy, but once he gets to know a new person, they soon become a new friend! Kiara loves meeting new people and is always excited to make friends with both humans and dogs alike. 

The bond that Gemma, Floki and Kiara share is truly special. They have changed each other’s lives for the better and continue to bring love and happiness into every single day.

Adrianna and Amenity — January 9, 2023

Adrianna and Amenity

~ Adrianna and Amenity ~

Eleven years ago, Adrianna adopted Amenity. Since then, they have impacted one another more than either thought possible. They have brought so much love and joy into each other’s lives. 

Growing up, Adrianna’s family never had any pets but, for as long as she can remember, she had always wanted a dog. When she was old enough to move into her own place, she decided to start looking for a canine companion. A friend contacted her about their neighbour’s dogs who had just had a litter of puppies. Adrianna jumped at the chance to adopt one of the pups and was drawn to one particular pup, then-named Lola. It was love at first sight and Lola, now named Amenity, had found her forever home. 

As someone who struggles with mental health, Adrianna has found comfort and hope in Amenity. Adrianna has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and speaks out about this to raise awareness through her page and books, Book of Thoughts. Having Amenity be a source of unconditional love has helped her immeasurably. Through thick and thin, she has always been there for her human and always will be. 

In the midst of Adrianna’s eating disorder and was in a very dark place, she remembers sleepwalking one night. She fell over and became unconscious. Sensing something was wrong, Amenity woke up and started barking to alert Adrianna’s boyfriend. They immediately went to the emergency department and Adrianna recovered. This moment will always stand out to her as one of love and hope, that showed her just how much Amenity loves her.

Something that Adrianna and Amenity enjoy is going on adventures. Whether hiking, biking or walking a trail, being able to explore the world together is a cherished experience. When not adventuring, simply spending time together and snuggling up in bed means the world to them.  

The impact that Amenity has had on Adrianna has been incredible. They have brought endless joy and unconditional love into each other’s lives. Every day is made better because they have one another and know that, no matter what, they aren’t alone.

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. 

Aleisha and Jerry — December 21, 2022

Aleisha and Jerry

~ Aleisha and Jerry ~

Over a year ago, Aleisha welcomed Golden Retriever pup, Jerry, into her life. Since then, they have become the best of friends and improve each other’s lives hugely. 

Aleisha and her partner, Steve, had been discussing getting a furry friend for quite a while. In 2021, they had heard about a litter of puppies who were looking for homes. Aleisha thought that one pup in particular, named Jerry, was adorable and a perfect fit for their family. Soon, he was on a plane and on his way to his new home. Once he arrived and Aleisha opened the crate, she called his name and he looked up. At that moment, Aleisha knew it was truly meant to be.

Having Jerry has had a huge impact on Aleisha. Each day is full of adventure. Whether exploring a new park or beach or simply going for a walk around the block, they love having this time to just enjoy each other’s company. Growing up, Aleisha was often around dogs, however, Jerry is a lot more independent than other dogs. This makes their time together even more special, when Jerry decides to snuggle with Aleisha or give her a big doggie kiss.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Jerry helped Aleisha immensely. It was a stressful time and, as a midwife, she was afraid of what the pandemic might mean for her job. With Jerry, he brought endless joy, laughter and love to each day and helped her get through this challenging time. Because of him, she would look forward to every day and, even now, Jerry wakes his human up by laying beside her in bed until she gets up. 

The bond that Aleisha and Jerry share is truly special. No matter what happens, they know they have each other and for they, they are very grateful. Every day is made better simply because they have one another. 

Liz and Koda — December 12, 2022

Liz and Koda

~ Liz and Koda ~

Just over four years ago, Liz met Koda for the first time. Since then, Koda has changed his human’s life and they have formed a truly special bond. 

Liz has struggled with a variety of health issues and so she and her medical team felt a service dog would be beneficial. In late 2018, she met with a litter of Miniature American Shepherd puppies. Liz was instantly drawn to one pup in particular and felt a connection and knew that, if she had the opportunity to adopt him, she would. Not long after, while searching for a service dog, it just so happened that this pup, named Koda, would become her companion. 

Having Koda has changed Liz’s life for the better. He has been trained to help his human with both physical tasks and medical alerts. From opening doors, picking up items that Liz has dropped, to alerting her when her heart rate is too high, and many more tasks, Koda has given his human a sense of confidence and independence that she wasn’t sure she’d be able to have.

The tasks that Koda knows have helped Liz hugely. If she’s feeling faint, Koda can guide his human to a safer place, once there, he performs deep pressure therapy (DPT) and will lick her face. He will continue doing this until he feels Liz is okay enough to sit up or stand. Having him with her makes her feel safer, both at home and when out and about. 

Whether Koda is on or off duty, he and Liz are always a team. Over the last four years they have been together, Koda has always been right there for his human and has saved her life many times. To Liz, the best thing her furry friend does is simply snuggling up next to her when she’s having a pain flare up. 

When not out and about, Liz and Koda enjoy simply spending time together. Whether they’re going for a walk in the forest, training or doing enrichment activities, having this time with one another means the world to them both. To Liz, as long as Koda’s happy, she’s happy. 

The bond that Liz and Koda share is incredible. Each day is filled with love and happiness simply because they’re a team. No matter what, they know they will always have each other.