Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Kim, Mary and Kadan — May 27, 2022

Kim, Mary and Kadan

~ Kim, Mary and Kadan ~

Almost two years ago, Kadan found her forever home with Kim and Mary. Following a difficult period, Kadan helped them immensely and has since formed a very special bond with them both.

Sadly, in June of 2020, Kim and Mary lost their heart dog, Skater, to cancer. They were devastated. Skater had been with them through thick and thin. Seeing her fight such a terrible disease was heartbreaking.

Six months later, Kim was shown a photo of a lovely Rottweiler puppy, Kadan. She didn’t think she could have a new dog in her life so soon after losing Skater. However, she saw something special in Kadan and knew she needed a caring and loving forever home. 

Not much was known about Kadan’s past, other than she had been fostered since she was four weeks old. Whatever happened, it was apparent to Kim that this pup hadn’t had an easy start in life. She was fearful and had stomach issues. Because of this, Kim and Mary promised to show Kadan the love she had missed out on and to protect her from being lost ever again. 

Kim and Mary tried to find a way to best help Kadan’s stomach issues. As someone who struggles with food allergies and intolerances herself, Kim wanted to do all she could to ensure Kadan got all the nutrients she needed to grow into a healthy dog. 

At home, Kadan had a lot of confidence, however, when out and about, she would become very scared. Kim worked tirelessly to help Kadan learn to trust and become more confident. This included walking her in a stroller, socialising her, and getting her used to different sounds from their neighbourhood and other noises from playlists, such as thunder and fireworks. As well as this, Kim enrolled Kadan in puppy school Gradually, after making some furry friends, she flourished and became more comfortable with the world around her.

Together, Kim, Mary and Kadan take it one day at a time. Some days are easier than others, but seeing Kadan continue to grow and flourish inspires them. With her canine companion, Kim has been taught to live in the now and to feel fear but face it anyway. Kadan just brings so much love and joy into her humans’ life and has been by their side through so much. 

Something that Kim, Mary and Kadan love to do is go to the park together. Kadan’s favourite thing to do there is zoomies! Kim will call her from a distance and Kadan will tilt her head, pause, and run like crazy. This never fails to make Kim and Mary laugh and smile as they see Kadan having the time of her life.

The happiness and love that Kadan has brought to Kim and Mary has been immeasurable, especially after such a tragic loss. They care for each other immensely and have brought positivity into one another’s lives. 

A New Leash on Life — October 26, 2020

A New Leash on Life

~ Kim and Cooper ~

In 2017, mobility dog, Cooper, found his person. Kim, his human, fell instantly in love when they first met after being paired through the Mobility Dogs Trust. Mobility Dogs is a non-profit organisation who train dogs to aid those with physical disabilities.

Kim has mitochondrial myopathy, which impacts her mobility. Her body does not produce enough energy, and so can cause some difficulties in her daily life. Having her mobility dog, Cooper, has been a big help to Kim. They initially met when Kim still had some ability to walk, and Cooper provided her with some support in keeping her balance. If she dropped something, such as her bag, Cooper would be there to help pick it up for Kim, Cooper can bark to alert others to Kim needing some extra help, and much more.

Since the training camp, Kim now uses a wheelchair to get around. Cooper quickly adjusted to his human partner and her new needs. It was a bit of an adjustment for both of them, but it wasn’t long before they were back into a rhythm. Since changing to a wheelchair, Cooper has adapted and now helps Kim in different ways. He can help open and shut doors, he brings her things she may have dropped, not be able to reach or get something quicker than she might, among many other helpful things.

One time, Kim had fallen over in the street and broke her ankle. During this scary time, Cooper did not leave Kim’s side. He barked to alert people to what had happened. He remained calm and ensured Kim knew he was there and that no one touched Kim until someone who could help came.

Following this incident, Kim stayed in the hospital. Cooper was allowed to visit Kim every day. He would look at her with care and concern. When nurses or doctors entered Kim’s room, Cooper wouldn’t let anyone near his human until he had sniffed and approved the person and the syringe or other equipment used.

Having Cooper in her life has allowed Kim so much more independence. Cooper supports Kim every day and gives her the confidence to do things she hadn’t done before. She is now able to go out and about because of Cooper. Cooper keeps Kim company and is always by her side. Often, when going to sleep, Cooper puts his paw on Kim to make sure she is okay and to offer her the reassurance he’s there for her. Kim feels comforted knowing Cooper is there. She loves to snuggle him and feels calmer when doing so.

Their bond is evident in how much each cares for the other. As Cooper takes such good care of her, Kim does all she can to ensure he gets the best care possible, including food, toys, and more. Kim often thinks of Cooper’s needs first. He does a lot for her, and she makes sure she lets him know how appreciated he is.

Now, Kim and Cooper are an inseparable pair. She is very thankful for Cooper always being there and for everything she does. Kim has started her own small business called Kim’s crafts for a cause. The funds from this will help her to purchase a new outdoor wheelchair. The products are very influenced by Cooper, who also features as a model. It is obvious how much they care for one another. It is visible from the way they look at each other and when Cooper checks in with Kim while walking alongside her.