Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

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. 

Ariane, Ron and Gus — February 4, 2022

Ariane, Ron and Gus

~ Ariane, Ron and Gus ~

Just over a year ago, Ariane and Ron adopted Gus. Since then, he has helped them through some tough times and has brought so much happiness into their lives.

Before adopting Gus, sadly Ariane’s 16-year-old dog died. She and Ron had her for the last two years of her life and ensured she had the best life possible. It was a very difficult time for them both after losing her. 

She felt there was something missing in their home and so, she and Ron started searching for another furry friend. They looked online for older dogs and retired dogs in New Zealand. 

During their search, they found a retired 16-month-old farm dog named Gus and fell in love. They organised a time to go visit him in Kaikohe. When they met him, he was a bit shy and reserved. However, they decided to adopt him, and once he was home with them, he began to feel comfortable and let his true colours show.

Having Gus has had a huge impact on Ariane and Ron. After a long day at work, being excitedly greeted by him never fails to brighten their day. They all enjoy going for walks together and being in each other’s company. Gus loves to be around his humans and bring joy into their lives. He has improved their lives immensely and encourages them to wake up each day excited for what might await them. 

Not only this, but Gus has also greatly helped Ariane and Ron’s relationship. Before they adopted him, they felt themselves growing further away from each other, however, thanks to him, they’re now closer than ever. Having Gus gave Ariane and Ron someone to focus on and to look forward to at the end of every day. 

One of their favourite things to do together is going on adventures. They love to explore new places while out for a walk, a car trip, or even hiking! As well as this, they love teaching Gus new tricks. As he’s a heading dog and a former farm dog, he loves to learn. He can sit, roll over, play dead, shake and more. Gus even uses talking buttons. These are set with different words so he can communicate with his humans. So far, he knows which buttons mean treats, play, walk and more. 

With Gus in their life, Ariane and Ron feel their family is more complete. He has brought them endless happiness and unconditional love. They have all helped one another and improved each other’s lives. 

A New Pawspective — November 2, 2020

A New Pawspective

~ Alana and Gus ~

Mobility dog, Gus, found his person, Alana in 2018. It was a 3-year wait for Alana to be paired, but it was definitely well worth the wait. The first time the two met each other was love at first sight. Alana thought Gus was gorgeous and loved his soulful eyes and fluffy ears. They were paired through the Mobility Dogs Trust. The Mobility Dogs Trust is a non-profit organisation who train dogs to aid those with physical disabilities.

Alana has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a group of genetic connective tissue disorders. For Alana, one aspect of this means she can experience multiple joint dislocations. She had surgery to help with her knee, although unfortunately, this made things worse. A year after the surgery, Alana was in a minor car accident which resulted in her developing intracranial hypertension and a cerebrospinal fluid (CFS) leak. Intracranial hypertension is when there is too much fluid on the brain, and so Alana now has a shunt to drain the fluid. Unfortunately, because it took a while for Alana to get these results, she developed epilepsy. Following both these awful incidents, Alana had to re-learn how to walk.

This affected Alana’s mobility and other areas of her life immensely. She lost the ability to walk after this. As well as this, she lost feeling in both her legs. She has a mobility scooter, and can have some mobility, but only with some support. It was because of this, she decided to look into getting a mobility dog.

Since having Gus in her life, Alana’s life has changed. Alana has had more independence and confidence. As with other mobility dogs, Gus helps Alana with physical tasks. He can shut doors, cupboards and drawers, pick things up off the ground, hold items for Alana, alert bark, and much more.

For a long time, Alana couldn’t be left home alone as she would have up to 10 seizures per day. Having Gus means that Alana can be home alone and go out by herself. He picks up when Alana is not well and will alert her to anything that may seem suspicious.

Gus had not been trained as a seizure dog, although he quickly learnt the signs Alana would show if she was about to have a seizure. In the last two years, Gus has supported Alana through 50 seizures. He would not leave her side nor lay down until he knew Alana was okay and someone else had come to help. The first week they were together, Gus barked to alert others that Alana had stopped breathing as a result of a seizure. Alana believes that because of this, Gus helped her come out of the seizure a lot quicker than normal.

As well as this, Alana has also experienced significantly less joint dislocations. Gus had been trained as a balancing dog, meaning Alana can balance herself with support from Gus. He has a brace that Alana holds onto and Gus’ momentum keeps her balanced and moving. Before having Gus, Alana hadn’t crossed a road in over 4 years. Now, she has the confidence to do this, thanks to Gus. Not only can Alana cross the street, but she can walk and bus anywhere she wants, and has more independence than she thought she could before having Gus.

If Alana had a fluid build-up in her brain, Gus would let her know – before she was even aware! He would sit in front of her and maintain constant eye contact. Once this subsided, Gus would relax as he knew Alana was safe.

When Gus isn’t supporting Alana as a mobility dog, the two enjoy spending time together. As a golden retriever, Gus adores swimming and is very confident in the water. They both enjoy going out together and going for walks, and Gus is always happy to support Alana whenever she needs him. As well as this, Gus loves to play hide and seek with Alana and would happily play this for hours!

It is evident how much they care for each other. Gus means the world to Alana, and Gus obviously thinks the world of her. The way he cares for his human is amazing. Alana is thankful to have Gus in her life. They make an incredible team and the love between them is very strong.