Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Tiffany, Dobby and Buffy — June 27, 2022

Tiffany, Dobby and Buffy

~ Tiffany, Dobby and Buffy ~

Over a year ago, Tiffany met Dobby, an adorable fluffy pup! Not long after, she met Buffy. Since then, they have all changed each other’s lives and shared so much love and joy. 

Since she was young, Tiffany had always been afraid of dogs. However, her husband had been wanting to get one for a while. They ended up compromising and getting a small dog! Tiffany wanted to overcome her fear, so after a lot of searching, they found the perfect pup – Dobby. From the moment they first saw his face, they knew he was the one. 

Five months later, Tiffany and her husband felt that it would be good to get another dog to keep Dobby company. When they met Buffy, one look into her beautiful eyes told them they weren’t leaving without her. She was very cuddly and Tiffany had no doubt she had found her forever home with them. 

While it took some time, Tiffany has overcome her fear of dogs and has become a dog lover. She loves spending time with Dobby and Buffy, going for walks at the beach or a dog park, and doing everything she can with them. As well as this, since starting their Instagram account, Tiffany has become an active member of the pet community. She has met many other animal lovers and their pets through this which has brought her a lot of happiness. 

The love that Tiffany has for Dobby and Buffy is beautiful. They helped her overcome a fear that she has had for as long as she can remember and have shown her unconditional love. They have all greatly impacted each other’s lives and changed them for the better. 

Amanda and Arlo — June 24, 2022

Amanda and Arlo

~ Amanda and Arlo ~

A few years ago, Amanda adopted Arlo, a beautiful black Labrador, from Scotland. Since then, Arlo has had a huge impact on Amanda and has changed her life. 

When she was 11 years old, Amanda was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). At the time, her dog, Milly, helped her hugely. Even when Amanda was experiencing awful pain, Milly would always brighten her day and helped and encouraged her to learn to walk again.

Sadly, Milly passed away not long after. She helped Amanda through such a difficult time and losing her was devastating. Some time later, in 2016, Amanda and her family felt it was time to welcome another dog into their home. 

Due to her health conditions, Amanda wanted to find a dog who could help her with her symptoms of CRPS and fibromyalgia. She had heard from a breeder and decided to meet with them and their litter of puppies. Initially, Amanda had wanted a little girl, but when she saw her sister, Steph, holding a tiny black Labrador boy puppy, she knew he was the one. 

Having Arlo has been life-changing for Amanda. He supports her when she’s finding it hard to manage her pain or having a hard day. Without fail, Arlo always seems to know just what to do, from getting Amanda her fluffy blanket or her drink bottle. Even on the worst of days, Arlo can make her smile. 

Something that Amanda and Arlo love doing together is going on adventures. From walking along a field or beach – Arlo loves to swim! As well as this, they love training together and simply just spending time with each other. 

The bond that Amanda and Arlo share is immensely special. They have brought so much happiness and love into each other’s lives and continue to brighten every day.

Lucy and Xena — June 22, 2022

Lucy and Xena

~ Lucy and Xena ~

Five years ago, Lucy welcomed Xena into her life. Since then, they have become best friends and have impacted each other hugely. 

One of Lucy’s friends’ cats had recently had a litter of kittens. When she went to saw photos of them, she instantly fell in love with the only tortoiseshell kitten. Once the kitten was old enough, Lucy jumped at the chance to adopt her and name her Xena. 

For as long as she can remember, Lucy has been a cat lover and her family has always had cats. However, to Lucy, Xena is different, special. They have become best friends, and they know they’re there for each other, Lucy can talk about anything with her furry friend, sometimes she even gets a response in the form of a meow! When she’s feeling sad, Xena senses this and comes running from wherever she may have been sleeping to comfort her human. 

Having Xena has had a huge impact on Lucy. Her workplace is very high-pressure and can take a toll on her at the end of each day. However, at the end of each day, when she gets home, she’s always greeted by an excited kitty – this never fails to turn around a tough day. 

For a while now, Lucy has struggled with chronic migraines. These impact her daily life and mean she has to stay in bed for periods of time. When she experiences a migraine, Xena joins her in bed, curls up and doesn’t leave her side. She lets Lucy know that she’s there and is looking after her. 

Since adopting Xena, she and Lucy have created their own bedtime routine. Xena will go to bed and wait for Lucy. Once she’s in bed, Xena walks up to her, purring and, once she’s comfortable, lays down and places her paw on her human’s face. It’s time they get to enjoy together as it’s peaceful and shows the love they share. 

Lucy and Xena share a beautiful bond. Through thick and thin, they’ve been there for each other. Since they met, Lucy and Xena have brought one another so much comfort, joy and love. 

Niqi and Teddy — June 20, 2022

Niqi and Teddy

~ Niqi and Teddy ~

A few years ago, Niqi met Teddy, a beautiful Dachshund puppy. Their journey since then hasn’t been easy, however, they’ve been by each other’s side, providing love and happiness throughout all the tough times. 

Having always wanted a dog, Niqi was thrilled when she met a litter of Dachshund puppies. They were all adorable and Niqi loved all of them, however, one puppy, in particular with a dark-tipped tail, stood out to her. He immediately snuggled into her and she knew that he had chosen her in that moment. Without any doubt, Niqi decided to adopt the pup and named him Theodore, or Teddy for short. 

Having Teddy changed Niqi’s life. Each day, he brought her unconditional love and is like a ray of sunshine. No matter what, he can always brighten Niqi’s day. Teddy has changed her life for the better.

When Teddy was 5 years old, he had his first intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) episode. Niqi took him to the vet where she was told he had stage 5 IVDD, the most severe stage. It was an incredibly difficult time for Niqi as she feared the worst. Despite the severity, Teddy never gave up. He was determined to survive and fight his horrible illness. 

After a year of recovery and 24/7 monitoring, Teddy survived IVDD, however, it left his back legs paralysed. To help him get around, Niqi got him his own wheelchair. Seeing how well he adjusted to his new way of living was inspirational to her. Teddy never seemed upset or annoyed about having to use a wheelchair, and was quickly able to speed around!

Through sharing Teddy’s story, Niqi hopes it can provide others in similar situations with support and guidance. She is happy to answer any questions owners may have. Remembering how difficult it was for her, she wants to help the process feel less daunting. On Teddy’s page, Niqi shares photos of him loving and living life to the fullest. He shows everyone that, while he may have paralysis, it doesn’t mean he can’t live how he wants to. 

Something that Teddy and Niqi love doing together is going for walks. It’s time they can simply enjoy each other’s company and just be in the moment. As well as this, Teddy is quite the spoilt pup! Niqi often shares her food with him (dog-friendly snacks, of course!) and gives him endless cuddles. 

The bond that Niqi and Teddy share is so special. They bring so much love and joy into each other’s lives. Though they have been through some challenging times, together, they became stronger. 

Katie, François and Harrison — June 17, 2022

Katie, François and Harrison

~ Katie, François and Harrison ~

About a year ago, Katie and François met Harrison the hedgehog. In the time since then, they have formed a very special bond and have become a family. 

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Katie had just started her work on her PhD in Rehab Science. It was a very stressful time for her as there was so much uncertainty. Wanting to cheer her up, François began searching for a pet hedgehog as Katie had always wanted one. After a while, he found the perfect one and he and Katie arranged a visit. As soon as they met, there was no doubt he had found his home and a new name, Harrison. 

Since day one, Harrison has brought so much joy into François and Katie’s lives, He makes them smile each day, shows unconditional love and so much more. Not only this, but since starting Harrison’s Instagram page, he has been able to share the happiness with people all over the world. 

In 2022, Katie and François got married and Harrison was their ‘Hoglet of Honour.’ He was the ring bearer, had his own signature cocktail and even had his portrait on all the napkins! The day would truly have not been the same without him. Having him there brought more joy to Katie and François’s big day – and some very memorable photos. 

As hedgehogs are nocturnal, Katie and François don’t see much of Harrison during the day. However, when they get home from work, they love seeing him as he wakes up, ready to start his nighttime adventures. Even after a long day, Harrison can always cheer them up. When he wakes up, he’s always ready to play and have cuddles. Not only this, but his favourite thing is to curl up in Katie or François’s hoodies!

No matter what, Harrison never fails to brighten Katie and François’s day. They have formed such a special bond and share so much love for each other.

Steve, John and Oscar — June 15, 2022

Steve, John and Oscar

~ Steve, John and Oscar ~

Earlier this year, Steve and his husband, John, gave their beautiful dog, Oscar, a second chance in life. Since then, Oscar has only known love and has given just as much in return to his new humans. 

At the start of 2022, 5-year-old Oscar, formerly known as Fezco, was surrendered to a local animal shelter. His previous humans had labelled him as ‘gay’ after humping another male dog. While this is normal dog behaviour, his previous humans decided to surrender him. 

This story was all over the news at the time. Steve and John, who have been together 33 years, heard about this and felt like something had to be done. Unfortunately, neither of them is a stranger to the same prejudice and discrimination that Oscar experienced. Initially, they offered to donate, however, this turned into them fostering, before they ultimately decided to give him a forever home and renamed him Oscar, after Oscar Wilde.

Not long after adopting him, Steve and John discovered just how far Oscar’s story had reached. Everyone was talking about ‘Oscar the Gay Dog.’ They were invited for interviews and saw Oscar’s story shared far and wide. Being able to share a message of love and acceptance meant so much to Steve and John, and they are proud to be Oscar’s dads.

Steve and John have always been passionate about animals and have often shown their support for local rescues and shelters. They also do what they can to inspire those around them to help out, too, and to foster or even adopt if they can. It’s important to Steve and John to do what they can to provide hope for the animals that are helped by the rescues and shelters. 

After adopting Oscar, it was found that he had some prior health issues, such as having heartworms and a cancerous lump. It was evident that he needed a lot of care and support. Steve and John spent quite some time at the vet with Oscar. The lump was thankfully able to be fully removed, however, the heartworms took a bit more time. 

Heartworms are a kind of parasite that, like the name suggests, impact the heart and therefore blood and can be life-threatening. The treatment entailed Oscar having some injections not dissimilar to chemotherapy. It was immensely difficult for Steve and John to see their new furbaby go through such a situation. 

Now, Oscar has recovered from heartworm! He will require yearly tests and monthly preventative treats, but Steve and John are very grateful that Oscar has finally been getting the care he has needed for so long and now lives a life of love and is free of the health issues that were causing his so much distress. 

Having Oscar has changed Steve and John’s lives. It has been quite a big adjustment for them, as well as their other dog, Harry, but as a family, they’ve gotten through it all. Oscar has shown that, no matter a person’s culture, disability, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or anything else, animals never judge. Animals accept their humans for who they are and provide them with love and joy each and every day.

To Steve and John, Harry and Oscar are their children. They care for them each day and ensure they get everything they need. It was a challenge for Harry to accept a new brother, however, he and Oscar enjoy playing together! It took some time, but they are now great friends. In the mornings, Steve and John are often greeted by the ‘thump, thump, thump’ of Oscar’s wagging tail against their bed. 

The bond that Steve, John, Harry and Oscar all share is truly special. They have added so much more into each other’s lives, simply through being their true selves and, of course, unconditional love. 

Alice and Buster — June 13, 2022

Alice and Buster

~ Alice and Buster ~

Last year, Tomcat, Buster, was finally able to stop searching for his forever home. When Alice rescued him, not only did his life change but so did hers. Since then, Buster has had a huge impact on those around him and has brought Alice so much love and happiness. 

In late 2021, Alice was told about a wandering Tomcat. He had been in the area for quite some time after being abandoned and was obviously in need of some urgent veterinary care. Being the founder of Kitty Kingdom Wellington, she went out and set a cat trap. It took some time, but finally, he found his way into the trap and was taken into Alice’s care.

Seeing him up close, Alice noticed a large wound on his side. She took him back to Kitty Kingdom and let him rest while she tried to find a vet who could help them. It was evident the Tomcat, whom Alice named Buster, was in a lot of pain and needed to be seen as soon as possible. They went to the Wellington After Hours Veterinary Clinic as it was very late and everywhere else had been booked up. 

Once at the vet, Buster was immediately sedated and taken into surgery. There, they treated his wound and neutered him at the same time. Had he not been brought in when he was, it was likely he wouldn’t have made it. The surgery went smoothly, however, he tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Alice was faced with a decision: to have Buster euthanised or to take him home. It was an easy choice to make and she took him home to recover. 

Alice ensured Buster had a room all to himself for 48 hours while he recovered. After this, he was let out into the rest of the house. While he was afraid, he wasn’t aggressive when he gained some freedom. Alice sat and talked to Buster for hours, trying to gain his trust. Eventually, he let her pat him, which progressed to him sitting on her lap and giving her the same love he was receiving.  

One week later, Alice took in three stray kittens. As she was checking them over, Buster made an unusual noise which the kittens seemed to react positively to. Due to him being a Tomcat and having FIV, Alice didn’t want him to interact with the kittens for their own safety. However, Buster was becoming increasingly worried and frustrated at not being allowed near the kittens. After a lot of persuasion on his part, Alice reluctantly let him and the kittens sniff one another. There was nothing but love between them, and Buster even began grooming the kittens!

The more Buster interacted with the kittens, the more he wanted to be around them. Alice allowed him 10 minutes per day, which gradually built up to two hours, which was closely monitored. Now, Buster can spend as much time with any kittens who come through the rescue. Alice trusts him and he has become a full-time foster dad to all the kittens at Kitty Kingdom. 

Before Christmas 2021, Alice took Buster to get some infected teeth taken out. This was a huge relief for both of them. It meant he no longer suffered from the pain, and Alice felt reassured it was safer for the kittens he cared for, even though he was always gentle. Unfortunately, not long after, it was discovered he was in the final stages of renal failure and had a large growth inside his mouth. It was too risky to have it removed, so Alice decided to keep him with her and monitor him. 

Due to concerns over the growth potentially rupturing, Alice limited Buster’s time with the kittens, much to his disgust. A few months later, Alice saw Buster chewing on a cat bed. Fearing the worst, she checked his mouth in case the growth had ruptured. When she looked, she found that it had shrunk! Following a vet appointment, Alice was told Buster’s growth was no longer of any concern and, as a result, could resume being a foster dad. 

Despite his health issues, Buster shows each and every kitten at Kitty Kingdom so much love and affection. Alice continues to monitor his health and wellbeing to make sure he’s as happy as he can be. He has become King of Kitty Kingdom, impacting both humans and felines alike, just by being himself. Not only this, but his story has even been turned into a book to be shared with people near and far! All proceeds from his book, ‘Grandpa Buster of Kitty Kingdom,’ go back to Kitty Kingdom, helping him and all his kittens. 

The bond that Alice and Buster share is truly special. Alice saved Buster’s life and, every day since, Buster has provided her with endless happiness and unconditional love. While their journey together has had its challenges, together, they continue to make each day so much brighter.

Olive — June 10, 2022

Olive

~ Isabel and Olive ~

Three years ago, Boxer pup, Olive, found her family. Since then, they have formed such a beautiful bond and Olive has brought so much love and happiness into their home. 

Sadly, in 2017, Olive’s family lost their dog, Scarlet, to kidney failure. They were absolutely devastated. Exactly one year later, they received a phone call from a breeder. They were told about a pup, Olive, who would be a great fit for the. It felt like a sign and Isabel immediately decided to adopt Olive.

Since day one, Olive has brought so much joy into her family’s home. She’s a pup full of love and is very smart – sometimes too smart! Olive has a big personality and loves to make everyone smile. Her family’s lives have been hugely impacted by Olive’s positivity, energy and endless love.

Something that Olive and her whole family love doing is going for walks together. As well as this, Olive has a love for any ball she sees, especially tennis balls, and would happily play all day long. She also enjoys playing with her cousin, Meg, who visits a few times per week. 

Olive has touched so many lives. She has brought so much happiness into her family’s lives and all those who meet her. The bond that they share is so special and they have had a huge impact on each other.

Such A Punk Pets — June 8, 2022

Such A Punk Pets

~ Such A Punk Pets ~

A few years ago, wig maker, Jill Kaplan, made a funky wig for a friend’s dog. Since then, she has gone on to make many more wigs for pets through her business, Such A Punk Pets

Jill has been a wig-maker for over 20 years. Before starting her business, she was feeling somewhat lost. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to be doing in life For as long as she can remember, she has always been creative and making new things. Around the same time she was questioning what she wanted to do, a friend asked her to make a mohawk for her dog for a punk rocker Halloween costume. Jill was more than happy to fulfil this request and was ecstatic with the end result. 

After making her first dog-friendly mohawk, Jill discovered a new passion. Making the first mohawk filled her with joy, and she began getting requests from other friends. Soon, she decided to make it into a business, and Such A Punk Pets was born. 

Not long after starting Such A Punk Pets, Jill got a very special order. A dog named Myles arrived at the Fly Away Home rescue and went to a fospice (foster and hospice) home. His fospice mother asked Jill to make Myles some mohawks and it was the best thing for him. 

While Myles’s health was declining, he was always excited to wear one of his mohawks. Whenever his fospice mum put one on him, he would start bouncing around like a puppy. When they went out for a walk, they always received many compliments. Sadly, it wasn’t long before he crossed the rainbow bridge, but knowing that he was filled with happiness before this because of his mohawks inspired Jill to continue her work to bring the same happiness to others. 

One of Jill’s favourite things about Such A Punk Pets is seeing all the happy pets and pet parents. When a new photo pops up or she reads a positive review, it means the world to her. Jill especially loves seeing cats and dogs wearing her mohawks in person, whether she’s selling them at an event or just out and about. Knowing she made something that brings joy to so many people and animals encourages Jill to continue making and improving her mohawk styles.

Being her own boss has been life-changing for Jill. Having a sense of freedom helps a lot with her creativity and to express herself. Because of this, Jill is constantly looking into new ways to improve her wig styles and designs. It’s her happy place and means a lot that she gets to do this as a job. 

If you would like to get a funky mohawk for your furbaby, check out Such A Punk Pets’ page! Jill has such a passion for what she does and, of course, enjoys sharing her love of animals and style!

Aaron and Aurora — June 6, 2022

Aaron and Aurora

~ Aaron and Aurora ~

Last year, Aaron met a 3-week-old barn owl named Aurora. It was love at first sight and they have been together ever since. 

In 2021, a friend of Aaron’s said they had a barn owl who was looking for a new home. The moment that he saw her, he fell instantly in love. It was a magical moment, aside from the bird poop she bestowed upon Aaron’s hand! However, he had no doubt in his mind that this sweet little owl had found her home and he named her Aurora. 

Having Aurora has impacted Aaron hugely. She has helped him to find meaning and purpose in life. Each day, Aurora motivates him to be the best he can be to give her the life she deserves. She has taught him patience and has provided her human with unconditional love and support. 

When Aaron wakes up in the morning, he looks forward to being greeted by Aurora’s sweet face. She shows her human that there’s so much good in the world. As well as this, she reminds Aaron to stop and appreciate the small things and is an absolute ray of sunshine.

Not only has Aurora impacted Aaron’s life, but also those around them. She often joins him at work and, no matter what, she brings smiles to everyone’s faces. When not at work, Aaron and Aurora love going to the park or on nature walks. This is time when they get to enjoy each other’s company, as well as allow Aurora to have a big fly around. 

The impact that Aurora has had on Aaron is amazing. They have both greatly improved one another’s life and continue to fill each day with love and happiness. Each day is made better simply because they have each other.