Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Whitney and Archer — September 28, 2022

Whitney and Archer

~ Whitney and Archer ~

Two years ago, Archer was found. Since then, Whitney and her family have helped him to flourish and, in turn, he has changed their lives for the better. 

In 2020, Whitney’s son’s girlfriend saw a tiny 4-week-old raccoon kit on a rural road. He was an orphan and had fallen out of the tree. She decided to bring him home to Whitney and he was immediately welcomed into her home. Whitney spent months caring for the raccoon, whom she named Archer, and after some time, he became part of the family. 

After rescuing Archer, Whitney and her family had to make a lot of changes to their home. They had to baby-proof a lot of things around their house and even gave him his own room. It didn’t take very long for Archer to find his place within his new family. 

To Whitney, Archer is like a child. She cared for him, bottle-fed him, and took him to work with her while he was recovering. Now, Archer returns the same love and care to his family. From making Whitney laugh each day to giving lots of kisses, he never fails to make his human’s day so much better, simply by being himself. One of Whitney’s favourite things is when Archer wakes up next to her, asking for cuddles. 

Having Archer has taught Whitney a lot. She has learnt a lot about raccoons and how to care for them. One of Archer’s favourite things is to hold his human’s arms and nibble on their fingertips. He always ensures, however, he’s gentle and never hurts them. This, to Whitney, just goes to show how intuitive and caring raccoons are. 

It’s obvious that Whitney and Archer mean the world to each other. They have helped one another hugely and bring joy and love into every day. 

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. 

Amanda and Moe — August 31, 2022

Amanda and Moe

~ Amanda and Moe ~

Six years ago, Amanda met Moe, a Dwarf X rabbit, who was looking for a home. Since then, they have formed a very special bond. 

In 2016, Amanda saw a post by a rabbit rescue in Hawkes Bay showing a small black and white rabbit up for adoption. As soon as she saw the photo, Amanda felt that they were meant to be. Without hesitation, she contacted the rescue. They told her the rabbit, named Moe, was timid and had some aggression issues, making her hard to handle. This only made Amanda want to adopt her even more – she wanted to help Moe and give her a better chance at a happy life. 

It took a while but soon enough, Amanda gained Moe’s trust. They have grown to have faith in each other. Since adopting Moe, Amanda has shown her that not all people are bad and that she’s now safe and loved. Seeing her bunny friend flourish and become more confident in herself each year has meant a lot.

Unfortunately, Amanda recently lost her heart rabbit, Bubs. She was devastated. During this difficult time, Moe knew just what to do. When she sensed her human was sad, she would be right there, providing her with love, comfort and support. 

Not only has Moe had an impact on Amanda, but also on her partner, Harley. As someone without any prior experience with caring for rabbits, Harley learnt as much as possible and is now a dedicated bun-dad. He has loved getting to know Moe and better understanding her. 

Having Moe has helped Amanda hugely. Through being a reliable and loving companion, she has shown her human just how much compassion and patience can impact someone’s life. The love they have for one another has changed their lives for the better. 

Something that Amanda and Moe enjoy doing is simply spending time together and snuggling up. They could happily spend hours scrolling TikTok or watching something on TV, having this time is cherished by them both. Hearing Moe’s purrs and being in her presence means the world to Amanda and creates a sense of tranquillity. 

The bond that Amanda and Moe share is truly special. They have both helped one another to flourish. Through thick and thin, they have always been there, by each other’s side.

Justine and Marble — August 19, 2022

Justine and Marble

~ Justine and Marble ~

Two years ago, Justine adopted Marble. They have since formed a special bond and each day has been a bit brighter because they have each other. 

In 2020, just before the first Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, Justine wanted to give a cat a forever home. After some searching, she saw a post by the Lonely Miaow who had some cats looking for homes. A friend drove with Justine to the rescue. Once they arrived, they met with a stripy Tabby kitty named Marble. Initially, Marble was timid, however, when she walked into her new home there was no doubt that she was there to stay. 

Just before adopting Marble, Justine was unfortunately in a car accident, which led to her needing crutches due to fracturing a vertebra. Having Marble brought a lot more happiness to her recovery! While she was resting, her feline friend would bring her gifts, often consisting of either clothes pegs, bits of foil or leaves. 

A year later, Justine and Marble decided to move to a different city – Wellington. It was a big adjustment for them both and was difficult doing so during a pandemic, but Justine is thankful she had Marble by her side through it all. No matter what, she can always brighten her human’s day. 

Having Marble has improved Justine’s life immensely. Whether Marble is stretched out, showing her fluffy tummy, standing on her back feet like a ‘meer-cat’ for her meat paste treat, or posing for a photo for the ‘gram, she never fails to bring a smile to Justine’s face. As well as this, Marble enjoys ‘helping’ her human to re-organise her record collection, chewing on books, watching birds outside the window and chasing ping pong balls that always seem to go missing. 

At the start of each work day, Marble always walks out with Justine down the stairs of her flat and, more often than not, is always there when she returns to greet her. They love the end of the day as this is when they can simply enjoy each other’s company and curl up together. 

Marble hasn’t just impacted Justine’s life, but many in their community. She managed to sway Justine’s downstairs neighbour from someone who hated cats to someone who enjoys her company. While she is still quite shy, Marble’s sweet personality shines through to those who take the time to get to know her. 

The bond that Justine and Marble share is so special. They have been there for each other through thick and thin, as well as sharing love and joy into every day.

Stacey, Pepper and Chili — August 10, 2022

Stacey, Pepper and Chili

~ Stacey, Pepper and Chili ~

Two years ago, Stacey welcomed rescue pup, Pepper, into her life. Not long after, Chili joined their family. Since then, they have all improved each other’s lives hugely. 

In 2020, Stacey applied to adopt a puppy from Rescue Dogs Rock. The pup she initially applied for was adopted by someone else, but they said her sister was looking for a home. As soon as they met the pup named Jupiter, she was in love. Ten days later, Stacey adopted Jupiter, who she decided to name Pepper. 

Unfortunately, two months after adopting Pepper, Stacey’s 16-year-old Chihuahua, Scrappy, passed away. Realising that Pepper needed a canine friend, she contacted Rescue Dogs Rock once again. They told her about a pup named Annie and, after hearing about her, Stacey knew she was the perfect friend for Pepper. She quickly decided to make the trip out to pick up the puppy, who she renamed Chili, in honour of Stacey’s favourite band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

Having Pepper and Chili has enriched Stacey’s life. Whenever Stacey is feeling down, Pepper and Chili are right there to lick away her tears. Playing with them or going for a walk never fails to brighten Stacey’s day. During the Covid-19 pandemic, a time of anxiety and uncertainty, they shared endless joy and laughter. 

Not only have Pepper and Chili had a big impact on Stacey, but also on Stacey’s mother. They help her to stay active and always bring a smile to her face. Seeing them brings Stacey’s mother so much happiness and is something she always looks forward to. Before Pepper and Chili, she felt trapped by her past but, with them, she has been able to be present in each moment. 

Something that Stacey, Pepper and Chili enjoy doing is travelling and being active. From exploring new places to going for walks around their favourite dog park, having this time together means so much. It allows Stacey to unwind from any daily stresses and Pepper and Chili to live their best lives. 

The bond that Stacey, Pepper and Chili share is so special. To Stacey, her canine companions aren’t pets, but are cherished family members. While they were rescued from a shelter, they rescued their human just the same. 

Devon, James and Ajax — August 8, 2022

Devon, James and Ajax

~ Devon, James and Ajax ~

At the start of 2022, Devon and James welcomed rescue pup, Ajax, into their lives. Since then, he has shared so much love and joy with his new family. 

While scrolling through social media, Devon came across a post by Saving Hope Foundation. They had a lovely dog named Ajax who was looking for his forever home. She talked to James about the possibility of adopting this dog and, it wasn’t long before they decided to reach out. Devon and James were on their way to meet with the pup within the next few days. 

Once Devon and James arrived at the Saving Hope Foundation, they learned more about Ajax. When he was found abandoned at four weeks old, he was in need of urgent surgery and was full of worms. Because of all that he had been through, he was very anxious when meeting Devon and James. However, after about 20 minutes, he trusted James enough to snuggle up in his arms. They knew Ajax was perfect for their family and decided to adopt him.

Having Ajax has been life-changing for both Devon and James. He never fails to bring smiles to his humans’ faces. On days that may be a bit tough, he instantly makes it better just by being his lovely, goofy self. Knowing about his difficult past, seeing Ajax living his best life means so much to Devon and James. He has come so far in the short amount of time he has been part of their family.

Devon and James work from home, which often allows Ajax to join in. From excitedly dropping in on a virtual meeting and making himself known, to running to the door when the mail is delivered as a lot of the time, it’s either toys or treats. He certainly makes Devon and James’ work a lot more exciting! Not a minute goes by that he doesn’t make better. 

Something that Devon, James and Ajax enjoy is their weekend sleep-ins. Each night, Ajax sleeps in his crate (occasionally even before his humans do!). In the mornings, however, he is always excited to jump onto the bed and say ‘good morning!’ He often wakes them up with either lots of cuddles or an excited nip! 

The impact that Devon, James and Ajax have all had on each other has been huge. Devon and James rescued Ajax, but he has brought so much love and joy into their home. 

Rachel and Roger — August 5, 2022

Rachel and Roger

~ Rachel and Roger ~

Over two years ago, Rachel adopted Roger. Since then, they have become the best of friends and have impacted each other hugely. 

In 2020, Rachel came across an animal rescue page who had dogs looking for forever homes. One pup instantly stood out to Rachel. She contacted them rescue and it wasn’t long before she decided to go on the 3-hour drive to meet them. As soon as she met the pup named Roger, she knew it was meant to be. While he was initially shy and couldn’t make eye contact, Rachel had no doubt he was perfect.

Each and every day since adopting him, Roger has brought endless joy and unconditional love to his family. He encourages Rachel to appreciate the smaller things in life and to be present in the moment. No matter what, he can always bring a smile to anyone’s face with his antics and bubbly personality. 

As well as impacting Rachel’s life, Roger has recently become a big brother. This has been amazing for Rachel to watch as her canine companion and daughter, Abby, have flourished and will be able to grow up together. She knows that Abby will learn many valuable life lessons from Roger.

Something that Rachel and Roger enjoy is going on adventures together. Whether going for walks or exploring a new park, beach or somewhere else, having this time together is truly special. Not only this, but seeing Roger’s pure happiness and excitement when he’s running around and loving life always brightens Rachel’s day.

The bond that Rachel and Roger have formed is beautiful. Each day is made better simply because they have each other. 

Sian, Bean, Luna and Rory — August 1, 2022

Sian, Bean, Luna and Rory

~ Sian, Bean, Luna and Rory ~

Some years ago, Sian welcomed Bean into her life. Since then, two doggos named Luna and Rory have become part of their family. 

When she was 14 years old, Sian struggled with her mental health. It was a very dark time for her. Wanting to help, Sian’s parents decided to adopt a cat for her from the local SPCA. After some searching, one in particular stood out. The moment Sian sat down, the cat walked right up to her, sat on her lap and dug her claws in whenever she tried to move. There was no doubt in Sian’s mind that she had been chosen. So, she and her parents went home with a new furry friend named Bean.

Having Bean changed Sian’s life. She knew she had her feline friend right there through all of life’s ups and downs. Bean was a source of comfort for her human through the toughest of times and, in turn, helped her to be who she is today. 

A few years later, Sian and her partner were looking to adopt a canine companion. It didn’t take long before they found two beautiful doggos named Rory and Luna. Both Sian and her partner knew these two were the perfect additions to their family and decided to adopt them then and there. 

During some of the toughest times in Sian’s life, she’s always found comfort in her furbabies. When she returns home from work, no matter what kind of day she has had, she knows that Bean, Rory and Luna will all be there at the door to meet her. This trio never fails to make Sian’s day. 

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sian experienced a lot of losses. She and her partner had to postpone their wedding, they had job losses, and more. This was very challenging for Sian and she found herself in a dark place. However, throughout this difficult time, Bean, Rory and Luna were little rays of sunshine. Luna especially helped her human by snuggling up with Sian if she was sad and always encouraged her to go out and take her for a walk. This made the pandemic feel less daunting. 

Something that Sian enjoys doing with Rory and Luna is going out and exploring. Whether going up into the hills or into the bush, simply being with them in nature brings Sian a sense of joy and tranquillity. When at home, they enjoy snuggling up, which Bean is often more than happy to take part in, too. 

The bond that Sian, Bean, Rory and Luna share is truly special. They have helped and supported one another through many tough times. However, they continue to share unconditional love and endless happiness and know that no matter what, they have each other.

Lorna and Ryleigh — July 29, 2022

Lorna and Ryleigh

~ Lorna and Ryleigh ~

Over a year ago, Lorna and Ryleigh met for the first time. Since then, they have formed a beautiful bond and have helped each other through so much. Every day is infinitely better just by being together. 

For while, Lorna had been fostering kittens from her local SPCA. Just before Christmas 2020, as she was dropping off a kitten, she left with two brothers, Fred and George. They both had tummy bugs which had to be monitored for a week. After recovering, they both showed their true colours; George was very confident and wanted a lot of attention. Fred, on the other hand, was a combination of energetic and calm. It didn’t take long before Lorna knew that Fred had found his forever home with her, and so, she renamed him Ryleigh. 

Having Ryleigh has been life-changing for Lorna. When things are difficult, Lorna knows she always has her feline friend right there. On dark days, he’s her ray of sunshine. Recently, Lorna went through a big life change, and having Ryleigh really helped her through it. Even when he’s being a bit naughty, Ryleigh never fails to bring a smile to his human’s face and can always brighten her day. 

Due to Ryleigh’s calm nature, Lorna hopes that, one day, he can be a therapy cat. He’s even harness trained, which has allowed him to join his human at work, where, of course, he was a hit. Everyone he meets, he can always brighten their day.

Both Lorna and Ryleigh enjoy playing together and going on adventures. She especially loves watching Ryleigh as he explores his surroundings and experience new things. Recently, they even went to the beach together. There, he was fascinated with the ocean and the waves as they splashed ashore. Seeing him take such an interest in the simple things helps Lorna to appreciate them, too. 

As well as this, having just moved house, to take in their new neighbourhood, Lorna and Ryleigh go on car rides together. While Lorna has a cup of coffee, she and her feline friend people and bird watch. This is time they get to simply enjoy each other’s company and the serenity of sitting there together. 

It’s obvious just how much Lorna and Ryleigh have impacted each other. Through thick and thin, they know they have one another to help them through anything. The love and happiness they share has been life-changing, and they will only continue to flourish together.

Liezl and Juno — July 18, 2022

Liezl and Juno

~ Liezl and Juno ~

Over a year ago, Liezl gave Juno a second chance. Since then, the two have formed a beautiful bond and have improved each other’s lives hugely. 

At the start of 2021, Liezl met her perfect companion. Prior to meeting, Juno had been working on a farm. Unfortunately, she sustained two injuries which led to hip dysplasia and could no longer work. So, her handler decided to rehome her. Liezl’s flatmate had been working as a vet nurse at the clinic Juno was taken to. After being told about the pup and, having wanted to adopt a dog for years, Liezl decided to meet her. 

Once Liezl arrived at the vet clinic, she fell in love with Juno. She was a wiggly and sassy pup and had definitely won over her new friend. Instantly, Liezl knew they were a perfect match and adopted her then and there. 

Before adopting Juno, Liezl and her partner had just made a big move from Christchurch to New Plymouth. They felt there was something missing from their lives. Liezl had been dealing with some fertility issues, which was immensely difficult. However, having Juno helped her hugely. Looking after a furbaby has kept her very busy, but has also been very rewarding. 

To ensure she was living her best life, Liezl took Juno to a dog trainer. This was incredible for both of them. Juno flourished and the bond between her and Liezl only grew stronger. However, in the 2021 Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, Juno had an incident with another dog while out for a walk. Unfortunately, this led to her becoming concerningly reactive. 

After the lockdown restrictions were lifted, Liezl found a dog trainer who could help Juno with her reactivity. Slowly but surely, she has grown less reactive around other dogs. Through this, her and Liezl’s bond only strengthened as they help each other grow and learn more about each other. 

Both Liezl and Juno enjoy being active. Whether going for a walk at their local park, beach or Juno doing zoomies, occasionally sniffing something on the way, they both take joy in this time spent together. One day, Liezl has been training her companion in agility and scent work. Juno loves to learn and work, and she and her human love a good challenge. 

No matter what, Liezl and Juno have always been there for one another. Through all of life’s ups and downs, they have brought so much love and joy into each other’s lives.