Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Chloe and Oreo — September 30, 2022

Chloe and Oreo

~ Chloe and Oreo ~

Two years ago, Chloe met lovely black and white cat, Oreo. Since then, they have improved each other’s lives hugely. 

In 2020, Chloe wanted to adopt a cat. After some searching, a friend of hers said they had a small, black and white cat who was looking for a home. Chloe decided to met with the cat and as soon as they met, she knew it was meant to be. She adopted the cat then and there and decided to name her Oreo. 

Having Oreo has helped Chloe immensely. Sadly, Chloe lost a family member which was devastating. However, her feline friend never left her side through this difficult time. Whenever she’s feeling sad, anxious or having a tough time, Oreo is always there for his human, no matter what. Whether playing together or snuggling up, being in each other’s company is always a highlight to any day. 

The bond that Chloe and Oreo share is truly special. They have been there for one another through thick and thin and continue to make each day better just by being there. 

Krista and Arya — September 21, 2022

Krista and Arya

~ Krista and Arya ~

Three years ago, Krista met Arya. In the time since, they have formed such a special bond and continue to bring love and joy into each and every day. 

In 2019, Krista saw some photos being posted at a local service dog training group she worked for. A dog, named Arya, was looking for a new handler as the previous one and her didn’t match. From the pictures, Krista felt a connection with Arya. She was wanting a service dog of her own to help support her in her day-to-day life. Then, one day, while at a friend’s house, Arya was there for training. In that moment, Krista knew she and this dog were meant to be. 

Having Arya has been life-changing for Krista, both as her service dog and best friend. She has allowed her human to gain independence and confidence when out in the community. From doing the shopping, to going to doctor’s appointments, to feeling safer in her daily life, Krista can do all these things because of the impact Arya has had on her. 

Both Krista and Arya enjoy simply spending time together and Arya especially loves playing fetch with her human. As well as this, she has taught Krista to slow down a bit and appreciate the smaller things in life. Having her furry friend has just brought so much love, joy and peace into her life. 

Not only has Arya impacted Krista, but many others. Whenever out and about, people stop and talk to Krista about her canine companion. If someone around them is feeling anxious or struggling and, she knows her human is okay, Arya will sit with them and ensure they’re okay. 

The bond that Krista and Arya share is truly beautiful. They have changed each other’s lives for the better and Krista has gained more confidence, independence and a best friend in Arya. 

Emma and Devito — September 9, 2022

Emma and Devito

~ Emma and Devito ~

Three years ago, Devito found his forever home with Emma. Since then, they have helped each other in more ways than either thought possible. 

For as long as she can remember, Emma has always loved animals. Her passion was one of her main motivations for working at a veterinary clinic as a technician. The clinic works closely with the SPCA, so Emma often gets to meet many of the animals looking for homes. 

One day, while at work, one of the vets told Emma about a special little Border Collie x Corgi named Devito who would be coming in to be desexed. From his description, she felt he could be a perfect fit. However, when she met him, she knew he was perfect. She promised him before his surgery that she would be there, every step of the way. Afterwards, Emma put her name down to adopt him. It wasn’t long before she heard back and had been approved!

Not long after the first Covid-19 lockdown, Emma was diagnosed with clinical depression. She was put on antidepressants, however, it was Devito who helped his human find hope and purpose. Each day, he brings so much love and joy into her life and Emma feels she wouldn’t be where she is today without her canine companion. As well as this, he has helped her to become a better vet tech and person. 

Whenever Emma has a tough day, Devito is right there. They share such a strong bond and, because of this, they are very in-tuned with each other. Some days, Emma finds getting out of bed a challenge; on these days, her furry friend will jump onto the bed and lie right across her lap. This helps hugely in knowing he’s there for her and reminds her she’s not alone. 

Something that Emma and Devito love is going to the beach. While he’s not all that keen on swimming, he loves running across the beach and scent tracking. When not at the beach, they love to play together and snuggle up after a long day. Having this time means the world to them both. Not only this, but Emma often fosters kittens from the SPCA. Devito absolutely loves all his kitten friends and will always be there during feeding and playtime. 

Emma and Devito share a truly beautiful bond. Through thick and thin, they’ve always been there for one another. They remind each other that they are loved and continue to fill every day with endless joy. 

Tamarin and Marley — August 29, 2022

Tamarin and Marley

~ Tamarin and Marley ~

Ten years ago, Tamarin first met Marley. Since then, they have been by each other’s sides through thick and thin and have formed a very special bond. 

In 2012, Tamarin heard of a litter of Labrador x German Shepherd puppies. As soon as she saw the photos, she was in love. Deciding to meet them, Tamarin drove three hours. When she arrived, a small black puppy, named Marley, ran up to her and, as he climbed into her arms, melted her heart. Tamarin knew that, in that moment, he was perfect. During the drive home, Marley sat on his new human’s lap and they have been best friends ever since. 

Since day one, Marley has helped Tamarin hugely. Whenever she is feeling anxious or down, she knows her canine companion is right there. Marley just seems to know when his human needs company and a hug. When Tamarin was going through a difficult separation, her furry friend was right there to remind her that it would be okay and that she wasn’t alone during that time. 

Just before the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, one of Tamarin’s family members was diagnosed with incurable cancer. After hearing this, she couldn’t eat, would wake up at 2am with severe anxiety, withdrew from friends and family and found mundane chores nearly impossible. 

Amid the first lockdown, Tamarin lost her job, furthering her anxiety. Having Marley, however, made a world of difference. Each day, he would bring a smile to his human’s face and encourage her to get out of bed and go outside for their daily walks with his big brown eyes. Slowly but surely, Tamarin found hope in this, all thanks to Marley and his puppy dog eyes. 

Wanting to help others who may have been struggling with their mental health, Tamarin had an idea to start her own business – Better Tea Co. There, she sells a range of teas made to help with anxiety, digestive health and recovery and restoration of one’s overall wellbeing. Each day at work, Marley joins his human and brings joy to everyone he meets. From Tamarin’s colleagues to simply passersby, everyone who meets him immediately loves him. 

Having Marley reminds Tamarin be mindful and appreciate the smaller things in life. They enjoy going to the beach to breathe in the fresh air and play in the water together, as well as meeting other dogs and their humans. No matter how the day may have started, Tamarin and Marley always leave the beach smiling from ear to ear. At the end of a long day, they also love simply snuggling up together and enjoying a tasty snack!

Marley has changed Tamarin’s life hugely. He has brought love and light into his human’s life and each moment they have together is always cherished. Tamarin and Marley truly share such a special bond.

Alisa and Nala — August 22, 2022

Alisa and Nala

~ Alisa and Nala ~

Four years ago, Alisa met Nala. Since then, they have formed a special bond and have helped each other immensely.

In 2018, Alisa had been looking after a Pomeranian for a few months. After this, she decided to adopt one of her own. Then, one day, as she was scrolling through social media, she saw a post about some 8-week-old Pomeranian puppies looking for a home. Alisa met with one of the pups and thought she was the cutest ball of fluff. In that moment, she knew it was meant to be and adopted her.

As a clinical nurse specialist at an inpatient mental health unit, Alisa’s job can be difficult at times. However, her passion for spreading awareness around mental health and helping those struggling has helped motivate her for over eight years in this area. She tells her patients that tough times are inevitable but that they won’t last forever and that there is always hope. Even though it isn’t the easiest job, Alisa is proud to be able to help others and, of course, Nala supports her through everything. 

Having Nala has had a huge impact on Alisa. Each day, she brings her human so much happiness and love. Even when she’s staying with Alisa’s parents, knowing that Nala is there for her means the world, she’s a little fluffy ray of sunshine. Alisa loves that her companion can bring joy to so many others, whether out and about or on social media. As well as this, Alisa is excited for Nala to become a big sister in October! 

Not only does Nala impact Alisa and her family’s lives, but also those around her. She is a Canine Friend Pet Therapy Dog and visits those with Huntington’s Disease, a rare neurodegenerative disease. While these visits have been paused due to Covid-19 restrictions, Nala always brought a lot of happiness to the residents she met and hopes to start back again when she can!

Both Alisa and Nala love going on adventures together. From going to the park and playing fetch to going for a long walk along the beach, having this time together always brightens their days. After a long day, they enjoy simply snuggling up with one another.

Alisa and Nala share such a special bond. They have helped each other hugely and share love and joy every day. No matter what, Alisa and Nala know that together, they can get through anything.

Tori and Pumbaa — August 15, 2022

Tori and Pumbaa

~ Tori and Pumbaa ~

Four years ago, Tori welcomed British Bulldog pup, Pumbaa, into her home. Since then, they have helped each other hugely and continue to fill every day with love and happiness.

In 2018, Tori heard of a litter of British Bulldog puppies. She jumped at the chance to adopt one and organised a visit. Once she arrived, all but one had found their homes. However, the last puppy, a mischievous ginger one, was perfect for Tori and she immediately decided to adopt him and named him Pumbaa. 

Having Pumbaa has helped Tori immensely. Through his social media page, he and Tori have met many new friends. As well as this, they enjoy meeting others in person. Pumbaa is very social and loves receiving attention from dogs and humans alike. From doggy meet-ups to bringing joy to everyone he meets, Pumbaa has helped Tori to be more active within her community. 

Tori and Pumbaa love spending time together. Whether out and about, online shopping or enjoying a yummy snack together, spending time with one another is always cherished. For Tori, Pumbaa is a ray of sunshine and, no matter what, never fails to bring a smile to her face. He may keep her up at night with his snoring, and clear rooms when he farts, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. 

The impact that Tori and Pumbaa have had on each other has been huge. Every day, they have shared so much joy and love with one another. 

Amelie and Bailey — July 25, 2022

Amelie and Bailey

~ Amelie and Bailey ~

A few years ago, Bailey found his forever home with Amelie. Since then, they have helped each other through so much and have formed a truly special bond. 

For as long as she can remember, Amelie has always wanted a pet. Then, just before Christmas 2017, she and her family met a litter of Labradoodle puppies. Amelie was ecstatic to meet them, but one tiny puppy in particular, named Bailey, stood out to her. In that moment, there was no doubt he was perfect. 

When Amelie first adopted Bailey, she was just about to start going to high school. It meant a lot to her to be able to grow up with her companion and face life together. Every day when she finished school, Bailey would be excitedly waiting in the car with Amelie’s mum. On days that were challenging, he never failed to bring a smile to her face. 

Having Bailey has been life-changing for Amelie. As someone who struggles with mental health issues, some days can be very difficult. During days that are particularly challenging, Bailey is always right there, on Amelie’s bed, ready to cuddle with her. By simply being there, he comforts and supports his human and never fails to brighten her day. 

Both Amelie and Bailey love going on adventures together. From going on family walks through the forest, to playing catch, this time they get to spend with each other means so much. Recently, Amelie has even started teaching Bailey tricks, but there are a lot of things to distract an excitable doggo!

As well as bringing endless joy to Amelie’s life, Bailey has also been a source of inspiration for his human’s business, Little Joys by Amelie. Through her business, Amelie sells a variety of products to share joy and spread awareness around mental health. She has done a number of interviews and, each time, having Bailey has comforted and encouraged her. He also was the inspiration for one of Amelie’s newest product, ‘Happy Puppy Worry Stone.’ 

In the five years that Amelie and Bailey have been together, they have both helped each other immensely. Every day is full of happiness, love and joy because they have one another to help and support them through anything. 

Abrea and Flirty — May 23, 2022

Abrea and Flirty

~ Abrea and Flirty ~

A few years ago, Abrea met her best friend and service horse, Flirty. Since then, Flirty has had a huge impact on her human and allows her to have more confidence and independence in her daily life. 

Back in 2017, Abrea was looking for a service animal. At the time, she had allergies to dogs and so, a service horse was recommended. Abrea visited a breeder of American Miniature horses where she met several of them. However, as soon as she met LA Blues A Little Flirtatious, or Flirty, she instantly felt a connection. 

Before Flirty, Abrea hardly went out for things like groceries and rarely was able to go out with friends. Now, thanks to Flirty’s support, Abrea goes out to the shops, meets with friends and has the freedom to go where she wants. This has been life-changing for Abrea and has given her more independence than she had ever thought possible. 

Abrea struggles with her mental health, so Flirty has been trained as a psychiatric service horse. This means she alerts Abrea and responds to any cue she may give, such as panic attacks, dissociation, and anxiety. Part of how Flirty helps is simply being there. Knowing that she is there if needed is reassuring and provides Abrea with a sense of security. If she experiences any symptoms, Flirty is right there to keep her grounded and help guide her.

In 2021, Abrea took Flirty to Comic-Con, something that she had been looking forward to for a long time. While they were browsing the vendors, Abrea had a severe panic attack, became very disoriented and started to dissociate. Amidst this, Flirty helped Abrea stay on her feet and guided her to a quiet area. There, she calmed Abrea down and reminded her to take her medications. Thankfully, Abrea was able to recover quickly, thanks to Flirty, and was able to go back to enjoying Comic-Con.

One of their favourite things to do together is going to the zoo. Abrea has always enjoyed going to the zoo, so being able to share this with Flirty is very special to her. It brings her joy to see Flirty interact with all the animals, and even more so seeing the other animals’ reactions to her! The primates are always especially interested in seeing Flirty when she visits. 

Having Flirty has changed Abrea’s life. The love and joy they share with each other is so special. Flirty is Abrea’s family, best friend and companion, and Abrea is Flirty’s. Through thick and thin, they always know they have one another. 

Sara and Samwise — May 20, 2022

Sara and Samwise

~ Sara and Samwise ~

Five years ago, Sara met Yellow Labrador pup, Samwise. Since then, Samwise has had a huge impact on his human’s life and they have formed a very special bond. In the time they’ve been a team, Samwise has given Sara freedom and, as a result, more confidence and independence. 

Sara has struggled with schizoaffective disorder and syncope issues. This can impact her in many ways, from dizziness to hallucinations brought on by anxiety, among other symptoms. It was because of this that Sara decided that getting a service dog would be helpful.

In 2017, Sara heard of a litter of Labrador puppies with one puppy in particular, Samwise, who was a good candidate. After some behavioural tests, he was top of the litter! Samwise had an even temper and enjoyed being around people. He was perfect. However, when Sara went to pick him up, he let out a very loud and opinionated squeal, and she knew they had some work to do. 

It took some time, but Samwise has become a life-changing companion for Sara. He has helped her to have more independence and confidence when out in the community. From blocking people who may be approaching her when out and about, to interrupting certain behaviours that indicate sensory overload or a psychotic episode may be about to happen. When he interrupts these behaviours, he helps to remind Sara to take her emergency medications and to prevent the situation from escalating. As well as this, he also helps by picking up items, turning on lights, and steadies Sara when she feels dizzy. 

Not only does Samwise help her through performing tasks, but also simply being a companion. Sara feels safer with him by her side and he has helped break down barriers for her socially. Before having Samwise, Sara had to have someone with her when she went out. Now, she has the freedom to go out and do what she wants. People would often make negative comments, stare or would move away if she were symptomatic. With Samwise by her side, people see him. They see a beautiful dog and talk to Sara about him. 

During Christmas one year, Sara, Samwise and their family went to Longwood Gardens to watch the Christmas light show. This was a huge experience for Sara and one that Samwise helped her to accomplish. Crowds can be overwhelming for her and, when she’s anxious, she can experience hallucinations. Sara felt confident having his support and it was something she was able to fully enjoy the moment with her family. 

One of their favourite things to do together is trick training. It’s helped to further strengthen their bond and is something they enjoy doing. Not only is it fun, but Sara and Samwise enjoy showing others all the cool tricks that he has learnt. When they’re just wanting to relax, however, both Sara and Samwise simply enjoy being in each other’s company. 

Having Samwise has been life-changing for Sara. He has given her the freedom to live her life how she wants to as she knows he’s always by her side. He’s inspired her to advocate for those with disabilities, to volunteer, and help train service dogs. To Sara, Samwise represents everything she has worked for and continues to work for. They truly share such a beautiful bond and have had such a huge impact on one another. 

Genevieve, Izak and Frankie — May 4, 2022

Genevieve, Izak and Frankie

~ Genevieve, Izak and Frankie ~

In 2021, Genevieve and her fiance, Izak, adopted Taco Terrier, Frankie. They have formed a very special bond and have become a family together. 

Having been wanting to adopt a dog, Genevieve and Izak had spent some time discussing it but felt that they needed to find their own place first. Once they did, they began searching for a furry friend. 

Izak started searching by joining some pages on social media. After a while, a 5-month-old puppy, Frankie, appeared on one of them. She was being rehomed as she and her sibling couldn’t be kept together due to fighting too much. Izak sent a photo to Genevieve and they both fell in love with her little face. They were unsure if they could adopt her as a lot of people were also interested in giving her a forever home. However, two weeks later, Izak and Genevieve received a call telling them Frankie was theirs. 

After receiving the call, Genevieve and Izak went on a six-hour drive to Hawera to pick up their new furbaby. Halfway there, they found themselves being filled with anticipation, wondering if she would like them and be a good fit. Once they arrived, however, they knew Frankie was perfect. She fell asleep on Izak’s shoulder and he and Genevieve knew she had found her forever home. 

Since adopting Frankie, she has had such a huge impact on both her humans, Genevieve especially. Each day, Frankie brings so much joy and love. When they return home from work, being welcomed by an excited pup never fails to make them smile. 

Genevieve is a mental health advocate and has co-founded a charity, Voices of Hope, and co-created an app resource name Love Your Kite. Both help to provide hope to those struggling with mental illnesses. It can become overwhelming at times but Frankie is always there. When things are tough, whether it’s a challenging day or it’s been a difficult day at work, Frankie is right by Genevieve’s side. She also just knows exactly when to give Genevieve a big snuggle. 

Not only has Frankie had an impact on Genevieve and Izak, but also those around her. When out and about, all who pass by smile as they see her little face. She’s a very social dog and just loves meeting new friends. As well as this, if Frankie wants more attention or pats, she taps her humans with her front paw and looks up with her puppy-dog eyes. 

One of Genevieve, Izak and Frankie’s favourite things to do together is go to the beach. Seeing Frankie tear around and play fills Genevieve’s heart with pure joy. The happiness that the beach brings Frankie spreads to those who see her living her best life. One time, she even made a friend at the beach by sneaking a chip from their fish and chips lunch! 

The impact that Frankie has had on Genevieve and Izak has been huge. From being woken up early in the morning to be met by a snuggly pup, to laughing every day because of her antics. She has brought so much light and love into their lives and has formed a special bond.