Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Liezl and Juno — July 18, 2022

Liezl and Juno

~ Liezl and Juno ~

Over a year ago, Liezl gave Juno a second chance. Since then, the two have formed a beautiful bond and have improved each other’s lives hugely. 

At the start of 2021, Liezl met her perfect companion. Prior to meeting, Juno had been working on a farm. Unfortunately, she sustained two injuries which led to hip dysplasia and could no longer work. So, her handler decided to rehome her. Liezl’s flatmate had been working as a vet nurse at the clinic Juno was taken to. After being told about the pup and, having wanted to adopt a dog for years, Liezl decided to meet her. 

Once Liezl arrived at the vet clinic, she fell in love with Juno. She was a wiggly and sassy pup and had definitely won over her new friend. Instantly, Liezl knew they were a perfect match and adopted her then and there. 

Before adopting Juno, Liezl and her partner had just made a big move from Christchurch to New Plymouth. They felt there was something missing from their lives. Liezl had been dealing with some fertility issues, which was immensely difficult. However, having Juno helped her hugely. Looking after a furbaby has kept her very busy, but has also been very rewarding. 

To ensure she was living her best life, Liezl took Juno to a dog trainer. This was incredible for both of them. Juno flourished and the bond between her and Liezl only grew stronger. However, in the 2021 Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, Juno had an incident with another dog while out for a walk. Unfortunately, this led to her becoming concerningly reactive. 

After the lockdown restrictions were lifted, Liezl found a dog trainer who could help Juno with her reactivity. Slowly but surely, she has grown less reactive around other dogs. Through this, her and Liezl’s bond only strengthened as they help each other grow and learn more about each other. 

Both Liezl and Juno enjoy being active. Whether going for a walk at their local park, beach or Juno doing zoomies, occasionally sniffing something on the way, they both take joy in this time spent together. One day, Liezl has been training her companion in agility and scent work. Juno loves to learn and work, and she and her human love a good challenge. 

No matter what, Liezl and Juno have always been there for one another. Through all of life’s ups and downs, they have brought so much love and joy into each other’s lives. 

Emma and Loki — April 11, 2022

Emma and Loki

~ Emma and Loki ~

Two years ago, Emma met her best friend, Loki. Since then, they have formed such a strong and loving bond. They have been there for each other through thick and thin and care so much for one another. 

Emma has always been an animal lover and had always wanted a dog. One day, while scrolling through social media, she discovered a litter of puppies. They had been brought in to their local rescue and were looking for their forever homes. She arranged a meeting and fell in love with a small and quiet puppy. After looking into his eyes, there was no doubt in Emma’s mind he was her pup. She decided to adopt him and named him Loki, after the Norse God of Mischief. 

It didn’t take long after bringing Loki home that he certainly grew into his name. Emma found him to be full of beans and had a lot of energy to spare, with a mischievous streak! Because of this, he has helped Emma to be more active and encourages her to go out each day and explore. From beaches to parks, any adventure is something Emma and Loki enjoy doing together. 

Something that Loki especially loves is going camping with Emma. He enjoys resting in her rooftop tent and waking up surrounded by trees. Seeing his excitement while sniffing and exploring never fails to make Emma smile. As well as this, they enjoy sitting together in the warmth of the sun and just spending time in each other’s company. 

Each day, Loki brings a lot of happiness into Emma’s life. No matter what, he can always bring a smile to her face, and Emma ensures that every day is filled with lots of fun and hugs for Loki. They share such a beautiful bond and have so much love for each other. 

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.