Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Natalie and Nike — September 16, 2022

Natalie and Nike

~ Natalie and Nike ~

Five years ago, Natalie met the sweetest little puppy named Nike. Since then, they have helped each other through so much and have had a huge impact on one another. 

In 2017, Natalie was working as a medical resident which, while rewarding, was stressful. At the same time, her childhood dog passed away which was devastating. After a lot of thinking, however, she decided to get a puppy. Although she was often busy at the hospital, her friends and colleagues were a huge help. It became apparent fairly quickly that the puppy, named Nike, was perfect. 

Having Nike changed Natalie’s life. Her canine companion has been there through thick and thin, reminds her to appreciate the small things and has brought joy into each and every day. Working in the medical profession can be challenging, so returning home to an excited dog never fails to brighten Natalie’s mood. No matter what, Nike always knows just how to bring a smile to her human’s face. She’s very loving and loves meeting new people and dogs. 

Since welcoming Nike into her life, she and Natalie have discovered a passion for hiking. Sometimes, they walk up almost 50km in a week! Doing this has helped Natalie go out more and enjoy the fresh air with her best friend by her side. They have even made friends through hiking and love to go for adventures whenever possible. This has also helped Natalie work on her other passion – photography. Taking photos of Nike while on a hike provides her with great inspiration. 

When they don’t feel like going out, however, Natalie and Nike enjoy snuggling up on a couch and to watch something on TV together. Nike is very cuddly and loves being around her human. Simply being in each other’s company means the world to them. 

Natalie and Nike have improved each other’s lives immensely. Each day since they first met, they have shared so much happiness and love with one another. 

Emily and Nike — September 1, 2021

Emily and Nike

~ Emily and Nike ~

In 2018, Emily met her service dog, Nike. Little did she know that soon enough, Nike would not only be her service dog but also her best friend. 

Emily struggles with a few different conditions. These can have a big impact on her daily life. She found it difficult to leave her house and to feel safe when going out into the community. Because of this, it was recommended to her that she may benefit from having a service dog. 

Soon, Emily began searching for a dog who could help her navigate everyday life. She then met a two-year-old German Shepherd named Nike. It was then decided that Nike would become Emily’s service dog. Initially, however, Emily was unsure of how much her life would change with Nike. 

It wasn’t long before Nike showed just how much she could help her human. Because of Nike, Emily was able to go out more. Things that might have been difficult, such as going to a doctor’s appointment, getting the groceries or going to a park, were made easier thanks to Nike. She helped make her surroundings more accessible for Emily. 

In 2020, Emily began experiencing new symptoms. These were frightening for her, but thankfully Nike was right there for her. One day, Emily was sitting in on a lecture, with Nike asleep next to her. Suddenly, Nike woke up and started to press into Emily and began barking. Shortly after, Emily fainted and fell to the floor. 

When she woke up, Nike was laying right across her. All of Emily peers and her professor were concerned and told her she had a seizure. After this happened a few more times, she was diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). Thanks to Nike’s constant care, Emily was kept safe during these episodes. This was something she hadn’t been trained for, it was her natural instinct. 

Since receiving the diagnosis of PNES and with the help of Nike, Emily has been able to keep her driver’s license, continue with her studies and will even graduate at the end of the year. The impact Nike has had on her human is truly amazing. 

Having Nike has changed Emily’s life for the better. Not only does she help Emily to be part of her community and to get out and about, but she has made the world much more accessible for her human. She brings joy to Emily’s life, as well as more confidence and independence. The impact she has had is immeasurable. 

No matter what may be happening in Emily’s life, she knows that Nike will be right by her side. They enjoy each other’s company and simply spending time together.  Not only this, but they love to play and go on adventures together, too.

The bond between Emily and Nike is something truly special. Nike has changed Emily’s life and their bond will only continue to flourish. It is evident how much love they have for one another and how much happiness they bring to each other’s lives.