Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Hank the Hellion — July 8, 2022

Hank the Hellion

~ Hank the Hellion ~

Just over a year ago, Hank was found on the streets, hungry and alone. While it was a long journey, he now has his forever home and his life has changed for the better. 

In May of 2021, Hank was wandering the streets. Then, one day, he found a kind man. He immediately decided to jump into his arms and ask for some food, water help… and a bath. Shortly after, the humans he found started looking for Hank’s owners, but no one came forward. So, he then went to a local shelter.

Not long after rescuing Hank did his story go viral. His rescuers created a page for him to help him find a home. They noted down his many shenanigans and sprinkled it with many anecdotes that were personal to Hank that would aid him in finding the right family. 

The shelter that Hank had been staying at turned out to be less than helpful for him, so sadly, it took quite some time before he was able to find a home. The humans who found him weren’t sure if they should adopt Hank as they already had other senior animals at home and didn’t think it fair to introduce them to an energetic, younger pup. However, thankfully after eight, long months, the humans who found him fought for him and eventually, became his forever family. 

Having Hank has had a huge impact on his family. He continues to bring them so much joy and laughter through his antics. No matter what, Hank always tries to involve himself in whatever his family are doing, from cooking to cleaning. Because of him, each day is filled with happiness and love. 

The bond that Hank has formed with his humans is truly special. In his time of need, he found them. They fought for him and now, he has his forever home. A home that he brings endless love to.

Hank — December 24, 2021


~ Hank ~

Just under two years ago, Hank found his forever home. This was life-changing for him, but also for his human. 

Having always grown up around dogs, Hank’s human decided in 2020 she wanted to adopt a dog of her own. She soon heard of a new litter of French Bulldog puppies. She went to meet them and instantly fell in love with one in particular – Hank. Without a doubt in her mind, she adopted him. 

A week after adopting Hank, his human had to have a surgery. She has struggled with endometriosis and it was creating many challenges in her day-to-day life. 

Unfortunately, a week later, Hank’s human experienced some side effects as a result of the procedure. She collapsed at work and had to go back to the hospital. There, they found she had a rupture and had lost 4 litres of blood. She had to spend weeks in the hospital recovering and having multiple surgeries while Hank stayed with her mother. 

After being discharged, Hank and his human moved to New Plymouth. As a result of all she had been through, Hank’s human is unable to leave the house or do much due to having endometriosis. However, she is encouraged to go out each day with Hank for walks. This has been immensely helpful to her and has greatly helped her mental health. They love exploring new places and meeting new people. 

Not long after moving, Hank’s human had to have a few more hospital visits. However, Hank was allowed in and his human’s partner brought him in whenever possible. Having him there brought her comfort and joy in seeing his sweet face. 

Obviously, this has been a very anxiety-inducing situation for Hank’s human, and having him there is comforting. He brings her happiness and is always happy to give her cuddles. No matter what, he is a little ray of sunshine and is just so happy to support her through this anything. 

Hank has helped his human’s mental health immensely, too. At times, managing her mental health is difficult. With Hank by her side, she knows she’s not alone. Hank has so much love to give and always shares it with his human. He can brighten anyone’s day and brings a bit of joy to anyone they meet. He is truly a special pup full of positivity. 

The impact that Hank has had on his human has been huge. He has helped her through tough times and made the good times even better. They share such a beautiful bond.