Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Amy, Lady and Gus — February 6, 2023

Amy, Lady and Gus

~ Amy, Lady and Gus ~

Almost six years ago, Amy adopted Lady. Then, four years later, they welcomed Gus into their family. Since then, Amy, Lady and Gus have changed each other’s lives hugely. 

In 2017, Amy was looking to adopt a dog. After some searching, she found a litter of puppies online looking for their forever homes. Two of the puppies had already been adopted, but when she went to meet them in person, she instantly fell in love with the pup named Lady. Then and there, Amy knew this puppy had found her home. Four years later, in 2021, Amy came across a pup named Gus on PetFinder. As soon as she saw his face, she fell in love and decided to adopt him. 

Having Lady and Gus has changed Amy’s life. Lady is a little ray of sunshine in her human’s life and, no matter what, can always bring a smile to her face. Because of this, she has had a big impact on Amy’s mental wellbeing and continues to make each day better. Since adopting Gus, he has become very in tune with Amy’s emotions. Whenever she’s feeling anxious or upset, Gus always walks over and gives her lots of cuddles. 

Not only have Lady and Gus impacted Amy’s life, but also those around them. When they are out and about or just walking down the street, they bring a bit of joy to everyone they meet. Amy feels that the world would be a better place if everyone had a dog like Lady or Gus!

Something that Amy, Lady and Gus enjoy doing is spending time together. One of Amy and Lady’s most favourite things is sitting down and watching a movie. Lady’s favourite kinds of movies are cartoons and horrors as she will stay up and watch the movie with her human. Times like these always fill Amy’s heart and being able to spend this time together means so much to her. 

The bond that Amy, Lady and Gus share is amazing. They have changed each other’s lives for the better and continue to fill every day with love and happiness. 

Mary and Hero —

Mary and Hero

~ Mary and Hero ~

Two years ago, Mary met Hero for the first time. Since then, they have changed each other’s lives for the better and continue to bring endless joy and unconditional love into every single day. 

At the time, Mary wasn’t looking to adopt a dog. She had a nine-year-old German Shepherd, Daisy, and was grieving the loss of her heart dog who passed away five years prior. Adopting another dog made her feel uneasy. However, she soon heard of a six-year-old white German Shepherd, named Hero, who had been surrendered and was struggling at the shelter. He became very anxious, destructive and tried to escape a couple of times. To prevent him from hurting himself, he was put on antidepressants. 

Hearing this story broke Mary’s heart. As soon as she could, she arranged a meeting with this dog. When she arrived, she could just feel how sad Hero was. Looking into his eyes, Mary was able to relate to the heartbreak he was feeling, too. She knew this feeling all too well and knew they both needed a bit of love and care. 

Soon after the first meeting, Mary brought Daisy into the shelter to meet Hero. Daisy was feeling sad at the loss of her sisfur, too. Yet, when she met Hero, the two immediately got along. Seeing how happy they both were, Mary knew that Hero had found his new forever home. 

When she brought Hero home, Mary knew it would take a long time for him to feel comfortable. He didn’t have much interest in food, didn’t trust anyone and was depressed for a long time. However, with the continual care of Mary and her husband, as well as Daisy becoming a pivotal part of his recovery, Hero soon flourished. Slowly, he was even able to be weaned off his antidepressants. It took quite some time, but now, Hero is loving his life and the dogs and humans who have made his life what it is. 

Not only has Hero impacted Mary, but also those around them. Mary works as a videographer and director, and her canine companion tagged along to every project. Eventually, he felt comfortable making appearances in her videos and it didn’t take long before he found himself in the spotlight. Mary was often asked to start a social media account for Hero and, before long, she did just that. Since starting this, he has brought so much happiness to everyone who follows his daily life.

Seeing how much Hero has grown means the world to Mary. Before adopting him, she didn’t think she could love another dog like she had her previous companion, but having Hero has given her hope and has made her feel whole again. Every day since they found one another has been filled with love and joy. They have truly changed each other’s lives for the better. 

Becky, Sushi, Hugo and Blondie — February 1, 2023

Becky, Sushi, Hugo and Blondie

~ Becky, Sushi, Hugo and Blondie ~

Nine years ago, Becky welcomed Sushi into her life. A year later, Hugo joined their family. Four years after, Blondie found her forever home with Becky. Since then, they have become a family and have improved each other’s lives greatly. 

Becky has always had a passion for animals. When she adopted Sushi nine years ago, she felt thrilled to have a cat of her own. Then, a year later, she adopted Hugo from Beth Stern. Hugo, like Sushi, is blind. So, Beth wanted him to go to a home that knew how to properly care for an animal with special needs. Once he arrived, Becky instantly fell in love with him. 

Many rescues have received so much support thanks to Hugo. He and Becky raise money for animal rescues and animals in need. As well as this, they have also helped to spread awareness and be great advocates for rescue animals. It was because of this that they found Blondie. Becky had been fostering her for a while, she was semi-feral and was finding it hard to adjust to being a house cat. However, Blondie formed a bond with Becky, Sushi and Hugo and, from that moment, she found her forever home. 

Having Hugo has had a huge impact on Becky’s life. Looking after him and Sushi has helped her to learn about animals with special needs and how to help make the world more accessible for them. Both Hugo and Sushi never let their blindness slow them down. Hugo especially loves to explore and greet anyone and everyone he meets. Seeing him and his adopted siblings live their best life never fails to make Becky’s day. 

Every night, Hugo loves to curl up with Becky under the blankets. Sometimes, if she goes to bed before he does, he’ll place his paw on her nose until she lifts up the covers for him. This is just one example of how Sushi, Hugo and Blondie all bring so much joy into Becky’s life. The best thing, however, is knowing that she is able to give them a life where they can truly flourish. 

The impact that Sushi, Hugo and Blondie have all had on Becky, as well as the impact she has had on them, is immeasurable. They bring each other endless joy and unconditional love every single day.

Wenny and Sadie — January 30, 2023

Wenny and Sadie

~ Wenny and Sadie ~

About four years ago, Sadie found her forever home with Wenny. Since then, they have been on many adventures together and have changed each other’s lives hugely. 

In December 2019, while looking at the Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ website, Wenny came across a sweet tripawd pup named Sadie looking for her forever home. Instantly, he fell in love with her face and decided to arrange a visit. Once there, he had no doubts in his mind that this pup was perfect and adopted her then and there, welcoming her into his home including two cats and fifteen canaries!

In 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, having Sadie impacted Wenny hugely. While the country went into isolation, having a canine companion helped him get through that period. Each day, they went for walks together, play fetch, and just spend this with one another.

With Sadie in his life, Wenny has been able to participate in new opportunities and be more active. When going out for walks, many people go up to them to ask about Sadie and her story. This has allowed Wenny to meet many new people and to enjoy new experiences that he wouldn’t have without his canine companion. Every time they go out, he has become more aware of areas that are dog-friendly where Sadie can accompany him to. 

At the end of each day, Wenny and Sadie love to play fetch. Whenever he returns home from work, Sadie knows it’s time to play. She would happily spend hours chasing after a ball and bringing it back to her human. Afterwards, they enjoy being able to curl up together and enjoy each other’s company. 

Being able to give Sadie the life she deserves, after having such a challenging upbringing, means so much to Wenny. They have both changed each other’s lives hugely and bring so much love and joy into every day. 

Meagan, Tidas and Piper — January 27, 2023

Meagan, Tidas and Piper

~ Meagan, Tidas and Piper ~

Not too long ago, Meagan welcomed red fox kit, Tidas, into her life. Soon after, she adopted Piper, too. Since then, they have become a close family and have truly bettered each other’s lives. 

While helping out at a fox sanctuary in Michigan, Meagan met a small kit who had come from a difficult past. He had initially been surrendered into a different sanctuary but wasn’t getting along with the other foxes and ended up having to have a cast put onto one of his back legs. So, he was transferred to Foxes Journey Sanctuary. As soon as Meagan met him, she felt an instant connection. 

Seeing how much Meagan and Tidas connected, a friend who worked at the sanctuary arranged a catch-up, only this time, with a surprise guest – Tidas. Meagan’s friend told her that Tidas was now officially hers and that, if she was okay with it, he would be going home with her. She was thrilled to be able to give this little fox his forever home. 

In July 2022, Tidas became very sick with anaemia. He had to have a xenotransfusion, a blood transfusion between species. It was touch and go for months, he required blood tests every few weeks and was on many medications. However, with the love, support and care of Meagan and their vets, Tidas slowly recovered and is now better than ever.

About a month after Tidas got sick, Meagan was contacted by the sanctuary about a fox named Piper who had just been brought in. Her owner had passed away and could no longer be properly cared for. After some convincing of her fiancé, Meagan excitedly welcomed Piper into her home. 

Slowly but surely, Tidas started to recover. After a few months, he was able to be moved to an outside enclosure with Piper. It took some time to adjust to having a new friend. Piper hadn’t been around other foxes before and she and Tidas were unsure of one another. Now, they see each other as siblings – sometimes they fight, but ultimately, they love spending time together. 

Having Tidas and Piper has helped Meagan hugely. Through her community and social media, she has been able to educate people about foxes. She receives many questions about what having a fox is like – and she’s always more than happy to answer any and every question. It’s important to Meagan to spread awareness and encourage others to do their research about foxes. Living with a fox is a lot of work, but to Meagan, it’s more than worth it. 

Something that Meagan enjoys doing with Tidas and Piper is simply spending time together. She loves just sitting in their enclosure with them and watching them live their best lives. Occasionally, Tidas and Piper will join their human and demand belly rubs, but when they’ve had enough, they feel safe in being able to walk away. Knowing she has their trust means so much to Meagan. 

The bond that Meagan shares with Tidas and Piper is truly special. She has given both foxes a home where they can thrive, and they have given their human endless joy and love. No matter what, they know they will always have each other. 

Tiara and Mello — January 23, 2023

Tiara and Mello

~ Tiara and Mello ~

Two years ago, Tiara met Staffy x, Mello. Since then, they have become the best of friends and have impacted each other’s lives hugely. 

In 2020, Tiara met a very small puppy. She was malnourished and had been taken away from her mother far too soon as she wasn’t receiving the care she needed. Despite her tough start to life, the pup was very calm and quiet, leading to her being named Mello. However, soon after settling into her new home and having a full tummy, she showed her true colours as a perky and active dog!

Soon after adopting Mello, Tiara went through a difficult break-up. It was a dark time for her, but her furry friend never left her side. Mello became her human’s reason to get out of bed each morning, provided her with a routine, and, most importantly, showed her unconditional love. Now, whenever Tiara has a tough day, Mello just knows and will lick her hand and lay her head on her human’s lap. 

Not only has Mello impacted her human, but also Tiara’s mother. Having disliked dogs for a long time, when Tiara adopted Mello, her mother was slowly won over by Mello’s puppy dog eyes! She knows that her grandma often sneaks a bit of food under the table at dinner time, and ensures to always sit right by her chair. 

Both Tiara and Mello enjoy going on adventures. From walking through the bush, going on hikes to even sunbathing together at the family bach, this time they get to spend together is never wasted. Simply being in each other’s company means the world to them.

The bond that Tiara and Mello share is truly beautiful. They have helped each other through many challenges, but have also made the good times even better. Each day is made better simply because they have each other. 

Sanne, Victor and Ronja — January 18, 2023

Sanne, Victor and Ronja

~ Sanne, Victor and Ronja ~

Some years ago, Sanne adopted Victor, a sweet cat who happened to be deaf. Then, six months later, she adopted Ronja who also happened to be deaf. Since then, they have become a family. 

While looking online for a furry friend, Sanne came across a post from someone who had been fostering a lovely six-month-old all-white cat named Victor. She was told he was deaf and would require an adaptive home that could ensure his safety. At the time, she had only seen photos but she knew in her heart that this was the cat for her. She decided to arrange a visit and once they met, there was no doubt in Sanne’s mind that this cat had found his forever home. 

Six months after adopting Victor, Sanne wanted to adopt a second cat so that he wouldn’t get lonely when she was away. After some time looking on adoption websites, she came across a deaf tabby kitten looking for her forever home. Once Sanne arrived at the shelter, she immediately noticed how calm and relaxed the kitten was in the busy environment. She felt that this meant the kitten would be fine around Victor and, two weeks later, she brought the kitten, now named Ronja, home. 

It took some time for Victor to adjust to having a new furry friend in his home, but eventually, he and Ronja put aside their differences and have since become like siblings. They have made Sanne’s house a home simply by being themselves and providing their human with unconditional love. 

When Sanne adopted Victor and Ronja, her husband was often away on work trips. Having her feline friends meant that Sanne always had someone to come home to after work. Now, she has MS which has meant she has had to work fewer hours. However, Victor and Ronja have been great companions. Whenever she is having a bad health day, they’re right there to comfort their human. As well as this, they give Sanne a purpose each morning, usually in the form of waiting for their breakfast and helping Sanne to keep active. 

Having Victor and Ronja has been life-changing for Sanne. She has learnt more about cats than ever and how to best support those with impairments. This has inspired her to become a volunteer at a local shelter, as well as put food outside her house for stray cats and kittens and trap and help homeless cats. At present, she has already helped over 40! She owes all this to Victor and Ronja and the impact they have had on her. 

Since adopting Victor and Ronja, Sanne has received many messages and comments asking for her advice about deaf cats. People might have adopted one and want to help make their home as accessible as possible, or may have not realised it at the time and need a bit of support. Wanting to help as many people as possible, Sanne started a website, DeafDarlings.DK, to share her experiences and as much information as possible. Not only this but there were no other websites like this in her native language of Danish, so she felt proud to be able to provide this platform. 

Something that Sanne, Victor and Ronja enjoy is being able to spend time together. Ronja has been harness-trained and likes to go for walks with her human. This allows them both to go outside and have some fresh air and just be present in the moment. Victor, on the other hand, is not a fan of the harness but loves to play chase with Sanne, who often wonders which of them has the most fun! Of course, at the end of the day, they all snuggle up together.

The impact that Victor and Ronja have had on Sanne has been incredible. Every day is made better simply because they’re together. They share so much love and happiness with one another and have changed each other’s lives hugely. 

Robyn, Andy and Ollie — January 16, 2023

Robyn, Andy and Ollie

~ Robyn, Andy and Ollie ~

Almost three years ago, Robyn and Andy welcomed beautiful cockatiel, Ollie, into their home. Since then, Ollie has changed their lives and continues to bring love and joy into every day. 

Both Robyn and Andy have a big passion for animals and animal welfare. Wanting to help birds in their community, they decided to start a small bird rescue and rehoming service. One day, a baby cockatiel came to them in very bad shape. He had been injured by some adult male cockatiels and was in need of emergency vet care. It was a long journey to recovery, but thankfully, he got through it but still has some ongoing issues. Robyn and Andy had fallen in love with this little bird and decided to adopt him and name him Ollie. 

Since adopting Ollie, Robyn and Andy have been on many adventures together. They have completed the Tongariro Crossing (Ollie being the first domestic bird to do so), kayaking on the Waikato River, bush walks and road walking between nature tours. 

Currently, Robyn, Andy and Ollie are working towards completing the 3000km Te Araroa, meaning ‘the long pathway’ in te reo Māori, trail together over a two-year period. Ollie travels the trail with Robyn in a special pack designed for him. On a sunny day, he is harnessed to Robyn’s shoulder so he can enjoy all the views. When the weather is a bit cooler, he wears lovely, warm vests from Cambridge Crochet Queen, Jill Smith.

While working towards completing the Te Araroa trail, Robyn, Andy and Ollie hope to raise $10,000 for the Te Araroa Trust through Ollie’s own GiveALittle page. This money will go towards maintenance and improvement of the trail. Being able to do this and meet many people through Ollie’s page has meant so much to both his humans. 

As well as going on many adventures, Ollie is also known as a ‘Pet with Purpose’ meaning he accompanies Robyn and Andy to communities, workplaces, groups and more. He helps to gain interest and spread awareness about birds and that having a disability doesn’t make him any less than an able-bodied bird. Not only that, but Ollie is also a regular visitor at rest homes and pre-schools to share with them some joy and positivity. 

Ollie has had a huge impact on many people. He is a great advocate for animals with disabilities and has been able to educate people and spread awareness about birds. People who have previously not liked birds have found that Ollie is a safe way to learn about them. He brings a smile to everyone he meets and for that, Robyn and Andy are so thankful 

The impact that Ollie has had on Robyn and Andy has been immeasurable. He has helped them to explore New Zealand, meet new people and animals, spread awareness and so much more. Above it all, however, the love and happiness they share with each other is evident in everything they do. They have truly changed each other’s lives for the better. 

Gemma, Floki and Kiara — January 13, 2023

Gemma, Floki and Kiara

~ Gemma, Floki and Kiara ~

Six years ago, Gemma welcomed rescue pup, Floki, into her life. Then, not long after, they welcomed Kiara into their family. Since then, they have all formed such a strong bond with one another and continue to enrich each other’s lives. 

For as long as she can remember, Gemma has always loved animals. Wanting to adopt one of her own when she arrived in New Zealand, she instantly visited a shelter in hopes of finding a furry friend. Once there, she met a beautiful tan and white Cattle Dog x – Floki. He reminded Gemma of her family dog back in England and, in that moment, she knew he was perfect. 

Just under six years after adopting Floki, Gemma felt he needed a friend to be at home with. Then, one day, she saw a Staffy x online, named Kiara, who was looking for a forever home. She decided to arrange a visit, with Floki, and as soon as they met, both dogs hit it off and Gemma knew Kiara had found her new home. 

Having Floki and Kiara has been life-changing for Gemma. Floki has brought so much love and joy into his human’s life and has helped her to learn so much about dog training. Kiara has taught her human even more about dog training as her way of learning is different to Floki’s. Both she and Floki have such a great friendship. It means a lot to Gemma to see them so happy together. 

Both dogs have brought so much love and joy into Gemma’s life. At the end of a long day, she knows that, no matter what, she will have two very excited doggos waiting to welcome her back home. As well as this, Floki and Kiara have encouraged Gemma to be more adventurous by exploring new areas for walks and exercise. Having this time with her canine companions means the world to her. 

Not only has Gemma visited more places, but she’s also had the opportunity to meet many people, and dogs, through Floki and Kiara’s social media accounts. Floki is a gentle doggo that, at first, may be a bit shy, but once he gets to know a new person, they soon become a new friend! Kiara loves meeting new people and is always excited to make friends with both humans and dogs alike. 

The bond that Gemma, Floki and Kiara share is truly special. They have changed each other’s lives for the better and continue to bring love and happiness into every single day.

Rose, Hades, Sophie, Freya and Violet — January 11, 2023

Rose, Hades, Sophie, Freya and Violet

~ Rose, Hades, Sophie, Freya and Violet ~

Just over a year ago, Rose welcomed Hades into her life. He was shortly followed by Sophie. Some months later, she adopted Freya and then, lastly, Violet joined their family. Since then, they have all formed a very special bond and have changed each other’s lives hugely. 

For as long as she can remember, Rose has always been passionate about animals. Her mum runs Hooved Haven, a rescue dedicated to helping sheep and goats. Through Hooved Haven, Rose met Hades, an orphaned Suffolk cross lamb. At the time, Rose was struggling with her mental health, however, when she met Hades, she fell instantly in love. He gave her a purpose and really helped her to find hope during her tough days. Whenever she cried, he would walk up to her and put his head in her lap. Suffice it to say, Hades had found his forever home. 

Three weeks later, Rose met Sophie, an East Friesian lamb. A friend of Rose’s told her about the lamb and how she had been orphaned but didn’t have the resources to care for her. So, Rose decided to take Sophie in. It turned out to be a perfect fit as Hades enjoyed having another sheep friend and Sophie enjoyed snuggling up with her new human. 

Coincidentally, Rose adopted Hades and Sophie just before a 4-month Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand. It was a stressful time, however, having her two sheep friends helped her hugely. Every night and every morning, Hades and Sophie would sleep on Rose’s bed, give each day a purpose and encourage Rose to go outside. As well as this, when Rose was taking her defensive driving course, Hades would sit on her lap for the whole two-hour sessions for two weeks which was a big comfort to her. 

Sometime later, Rose’s mum felt that, as lambs were too big to hold and cuddle, adopting a cat might be a good idea for Rose as an emotional support animal. After some looking, they came across Freya, a Ragdoll x Persian kitten. However, since adopting her, and being raised by Hades and Sophie, Freya has become more of a sheep than a cat! She loves following her sheep siblings around the yard and even sleeps in their houses. 

In early 2022, Rose took Hades, Sophie and Freya to the annual Pets in Tartan parade. Everyone loved meeting them and interacting with two sheep, for some, for the first time. Before attending, Rose harness-trained Freya so she could join in on the fun, too. Because of this, she has become the stall mascot whenever they’re at a market. 

Lastly, but certainly not least, in August of 2022, Rose adopted Violet, a Valais Blacknose sheep. At the time, Rose didn’t feel ready to take on another lamb. However, she and her mum were contacted about a two-day-old lamb who was born as a twin and their mother was unable to feed them both. The owner said that, if no one took this lamb in, she would have to be put down. In that moment, Rose decided to adopt the lamb and name her Violet. 

Due to being the youngest and smallest sheep, Violet receives a lot of attention! While Rose has tried, she has not been able to integrate Violet into the herd, so they often go places together. From markets to cafes – including their favourite, Fat Kitty Cafe – they love being able to explore new places together, and everyone they meet immediately falls in love with Violet. Every time they go out, Rose is often told that seeing Violet has brought a smile to their face. Knowing this, and knowing that all the photos she shares brings so much joy, means the world to her. 

Having Hades, Sophie and Violet has helped Rose spread awareness about sheep. She loves being able to educate people about them and what having one is like. To Rose, they, and Freya, are her babies. Being able to give them the opportunity to live their best life is all that matters to her. 

The impact that Hades, Sophie, Freya and Violet have had on Rose has been incredible. They bring so much love into Rose’s life and their community. Each day is made better simply because they have each other.