~ 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.