Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Maddy and Madam — December 31, 2021

Maddy and Madam

~ Maddy and Madam ~

At the start of 2021, Maddy made the decision to pursue her passion. Not only this, but after moving in with her grandparents, she discovered a love for animals, especially that of their Jack Russell doggo, Madam. 

Growing up, Maddy was unsure about animals and was afraid of dogs. Then, in 2021, she moved in with her grandparents and their dog, Madam. She met Madam when she was only a pup almost six years ago, and now, they are closer than ever. 

Being around Madam has helped Maddy immensely. After returning home from a long day, Madam always excitedly greets her. Being met by a bubbly pup always brightens her day. They work off of each other’s energy, bringing out the best in one another.

No matter what, Madam can always make Maddy smile. If she’s been having a challenging day or is feeling upset, Madam is right there for her. They love having cuddles together and just being in each other’s company. Not only this, Madam has a big personality for a small dog! From her playing to running around, she never fails to brighten Maddy’s day. 

Because of the bond that Maddy and Madam have formed, she has been inspired to pursue art and even create pet portraits. Art has always been one of Maddy’s biggest passions. Whenever she is working on something, it gives her a sense of empowerment in being able to be vulnerable and explore. All of Maddy’s heart goes into each and every one of her pieces. 

Maddy has always loved creating conceptual artworks that worked with feminist and body-positive themes. As her artistic journey progressed, she has now started creating pet portraits. Having Madam helped her realise how much a furry friend can mean. Not only this, but she began getting requests for portraits of people’s pets, whether for themselves or as a gift. 

Having art as a way of expression means a lot to Maddy. Being able to work on something in her own time and that she has freedom to do what she wants. As well as this, this has allowed Maddy to be proud of herself and her work in doing something that she is incredibly passionate about. She knows that this is the path for her and that’s what keeps her motivated in pursuing her art. 

The bond that Maddy and Madam have is truly special. They bring out the best in each other and share so much love. Not only this, but the happiness that creating art has also had a huge impact on Maddy. If you want to check out her art, or buy a commissioned piece or pet portrait, check out her pages now!

Rachael and Maisy — October 13, 2021

Rachael and Maisy

~ Rachael and Maisy ~

Several years ago, Rachael welcomed Maisy into her life. Following a life-changing event, Maisy lost a leg. However, they have formed a very strong bond and have helped each other immensely. 

For as long as she can remember, Rachael has always loved animals. When she was 15 years old, she was finally able to get a dog of her own. She did many odd jobs and errands in order to earn enough money, and after a few years, she was able to adopt Jack Russell pup, Maisy. 

When she first met Maisy, Rachael immediately fell in love. Despite being small, Maisy had a big personality and made Rachael smile. There was no doubt that she was the perfect dog. 

In 2013, however, Maisy was hit by a car. It was a very challenging time for Rachael and her family. Fortunately, she received great care and made a speedy recovery. This did mean that she had to have her front leg amputated. 

Having only three legs was a big adjustment, but ever since, Maisy hasn’t let this stop her from living her best life. She is a very energetic and loving dog. She and Rachael love spending time together, whether doing chores on the farm, horse riding, going for walks and much more. 

In 2020, Rachael and Maisy participated in the NZ Dog Almighty competition. As part of this, different dogs were tested in agility, obedience and any other talents they may have. It was a great experience for them and it showed New Zealand that while Maisy may only have three legs, she doesn’t let it stop her. She competed amazingly well and won the hearts of many. 

Having Maisy has been life-changing for Rachael. No matter what, Maisy can always bring a smile to her face. Rachael has struggled with mental health issues and through thick and thin, Maisy has always been by her side. On days when Rachael’s mental health is good, Maisy happily jumps and runs around with her. On more difficult days, Maisy snuggles in tight with her. If Rachael is ever upset, or even has a cold, Maisy stops what she’s doing and goes to be with her. 

Both Rachael and Maisy have had such a significant impact on each other. Through both good and bad times, they know they have one another. The unconditional love they share is truly special.