Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Mahala, Odie, Rosie and Mouse — July 6, 2022

Mahala, Odie, Rosie and Mouse

~ Mahala, Odie, Rosie and Mouse ~

A few years ago, Mahala adopted her furbabies, Odie, Rosie and then Mouse. In the time since then, they have all changed each other’s lives and have shown each other unconditional love. 

In 2017, Mahala was looking to adopt a greyhound. Then one day, she was told of some who were looking for a home and decided to meet them. Once she got there, she fell in love with one named Opawa Diesel, or Odie. Instantly, Mahala knew he was meant to be with her, and adopted him then and there.

After adopting Odie, he and Mahala did everything together. Some years later, they returned to the kennels to meet some more of the dogs. As they arrived, one of the greyhounds jumped at the fence to meet Mahala. Not 15 minutes later, Mahala and Odie were driving back home with a new, furry family member – Rosie. 

Mahala, Odie and Rosie became very well known in the greyhound community. They held adoption events, fostered, and even home checks. When Mahala had her son, Odie and Rosie immediately accepted him and treated him as part of their pack. 

Not long after giving birth did Mahala receive a new foster greyhound named Mouse. She came into Mahala’s care very skinny and had some tumours. Eventually, they found a home, but the week before, Mahala knew in her heart that they would be welcoming Mouse into their family. 

Something that Mahala, Odie, Rosie and Mouse enjoy is going on adventures. From doing zoomies on the beach, picnics, travelling and more, they all love this time they get to spend together. As well as this, Mahala often takes her trio of dogs to markets and schools to spread awareness about greyhounds. 

When out and about, Mahala and her dogs often get stopped by people, asking about life with greyhounds. She’s often asked about how active greyhounds are and if they would be good pets, to which she always replies with a big ‘yes!’ and explains they’re not all that different from cats behaviour-wise. Because of all she does with Odie, Rosie and Mouse, Mahala has even been able to help with sending adoption applications for retired greyhounds!

The bond that Mahala, Odie, Rosie and Mouse all share is so special. Mahala has given all three dogs their second chance and ensures that each day they get all the love they deserve. In return, Odie, Rosie and Mouse fill every day with endless joy. 

Charlotte and Rosie — February 22, 2021

Charlotte and Rosie

~ Charlotte and Rosie ~

At only 8 weeks old, Rosie was welcomed into her forever home with Charlotte. It has now been over 3 years since, and the two are now inseparable.

Rosie, a lovely golden retriever, was adopted at 8 weeks old from a breeder in New Zealand. From the moment Charlotte first saw Rosie, she knew she was a special dog. She was the smallest of the litter, and Charlotte fell in love with her small size and a seemingly endless amount of fluff! After adopting Rosie, Charlotte was excited to watch her grow into a beautiful dog.

Sadly, in 2010, Charlotte lost her best friend – her grandmother. This was a very difficult time for her. Her grandmother was someone Charlotte felt comfortable with and could be herself around. Years later, when Charlotte adopted Rosie, she found a companion and best friend.

Having Rosie has changed Charlotte’s life, as well as her family’s lives, too. She and Charlotte share an amazing bond. Rosie never fails to bring a smile to Charlotte’s face, even during the more challenging days. To Charlotte, Rosie is the very definition of a best friend. Whenever she returns home after an outing, Rosie is right there to excitedly welcome her back.

Charlotte also knows that, no matter what may have been happening, Rosie can brighten any day. Whether with an excited greeting, doing zoomies, or anything else that makes Rosie, Rosie.

Not only has Rosie touched the lives of Charlotte and her family, but also the greater community. Whenever Rosie is out and about with her human, they are often met with many smiling faces and people wanting to stop and talk. When they go to dog parks, Rosie can make anyone laugh with her zoomies around the area. If she feels like taking a break, however, she very much enjoys sitting on benches and being around people for lots of pats and cuddles!

The bond between both Charlotte and Rosie is evident. They obviously care about each other immensely. You can see in the way they look at each other that they have unconditional love for one another. It is truly a beautiful friendship.

Assisting Independence — November 9, 2020

Assisting Independence

~ Abi and Rosie ~

In 2019, Abi met her best friend and therapy dog, Rosie (My amazing rosie). When Abi first met Rosie, she remembers falling instantly in love and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

Abi struggles with conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), bromidrophobia, and phantosmia. These all affect Abi in different ways during her day-to-day life. Abi’s OCD is triggered by smells and contamination, the bromidrophobia and phantosmia can add to this. Bromidrophobia is the fear of perceived smells, and phantosmia is known as an olfactory hallucination. Both of which can overlap one another, obviously leading to some distress. Abi’s SPD manifests itself through smell as well, as she avoids certain smells in her daily life. As well as this, she finds touch a challenge.

Wanting to find something to help her, Abi discovered an organisation called Therapy Dogs New Zealand. She decided to further research what this meant and soon it was decided a therapy dog could be helpful. Then, in 2019, Abi and Rosie were matched as a team and instantly formed a bond.

Rosie has been trained to help Abi with many different things. As Abi’s conditions can lead to a lot of distress, Rosie helps to calm her down. When they are out, Rosie can find exits and safe places for Abi, as well as finding someone and get help if needed. Rosie can also get any emergency medications that Abi may need. When Abi is engaging in OCD behaviours, Rosie can interrupt these to prevent any harm or anxiety. If Abi is feeling anxious or overwhelmed, Rosie can pick up on this and can act in a way to help reduce these feelings. She may be able to distract Abi to direct her attention elsewhere. As well as all this, Rosie can even perform deep pressure therapy! This helps Abi when she is very anxious. Due to her SPD, Abi can experience sensory overload. When this happens, Rosie paws at Abi to help her come out of that state.

Since having Rosie in her life, Abi feels that her life has changed. She is now able to leave her room, to go out into the community and attend school. Abi has a lot more confidence and independence since having Rosie at her side. Because of Rosie, Abi has not only been able to attend school independently but has also done a year at UCOL, a polytechnic for business studies. Rosie has allowed Abi an immense amount of independence and confidence. Not only this, but they are the best of friends.

Both Abi and Rosie enjoy going on adventures together. Whether outside in nature, in the community or going to their favourite shop, Lush. When Rosie is not working and is able to have some downtime, she loves to swim. Although, she is never too far away from her person, Abi.

Abi’s life has changed for the better since having Rosie by her side. Having Rosie has allowed Abi to live the life she wants. With Rosie by her side, Abi believes they can accomplish whatever they want. She knows Rosie will be there for her through thick and thin, and Abi will always be there and care for Rosie.