Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Morgan, Rachel, Lincoln, Murphy, Stanley, Ruby and Douglas — February 3, 2022

Morgan, Rachel, Lincoln, Murphy, Stanley, Ruby and Douglas

~ Morgan, Rachel, Lincoln, Murphy, Stanley, Ruby and Douglas ~

For all his life, Morgan has been an animal lover. In the last few years, he has used his skills as a truck driver and his love for animals to help others all over New Zealand. Inspired by his own furbabies, he continues to do this to bring hope and happiness to many. 

Morgan was born into the trucking industry, and so has always felt at home driving a truck. Growing up, he would spend every possible moment with his dad, hanging around trucks or even just drawing them. He credits this to what he does now with chauffeuring animals. Without his love for the trucking industry, he might not have found his calling. 

In 2013, Morgan lost his cat, Colin, suddenly. He was devastated and it’s still something that’s difficult for him to think about. His home didn’t feel the same without a cat, so Morgan decided to adopt another rescue cat. He and his wife, Rachel, went to their local SPCA. There, they met three beautiful kittens, Lincoln, Murphy and Stanley. They were the perfect fit for their home.

A year later, Morgan met dog, Ruby, and was instantly in love. She was beautiful. From the moment they met, there was no doubt in Morgan’s mind that she had found her forever home. Later that year, Douglas came along. Once again, there was something about him that Morgan couldn’t resist, and he became their fifth furbaby!

Wanting to help others, Morgan decided to use his other passion – truck driving. He works as an ‘animal chauffeur’ and brings animals to their forever homes. For every journey, each animal gets a five-star trip from pick-up to their forever home.

There are many treasured memories Morgan has from his chauffeuring. During the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, Morgan was asked to drive just over four hours to transport a cat to their new home. Upon arriving, he realised that the cat’s new owner was hitchhiking, so he offered him a ride, too. 

Another memory that stands out to Morgan was chauffeuring a dog named Darcey to his forever home, six hours away. He stayed with Morgan for a couple of nights before their journey. During this time, everyone fell in love with Darcey. When Morgan went to drop him off, he was in tears. It was immensely difficult to give Darcey up, but he knew this was best for him. However, Morgan mentioned that if the adoption didn’t work out, he would gladly welcome Darcey into his home. 

A few years ago, Morgan witnessed a terrible car accident. After calling emergency services, he noticed there was a black Labrador in the back seat who appeared to be injured. When the services and helicopter arrived, Morgan offered to take the dog to the all-hours vet, which was about a four-hour drive. Once there, it was found that, despite the severity of the crash, there were only a few scratches. Afterwards, Morgan drove back to reunite the dog with their family. This memory is one that he will remember for a long time as it has had such a huge impact on Morgan.

All of what Morgan does is him simply doing it to help others. Rescues and fosterers will sometimes offer a place for the animals to stay for a night or two, so he can get some sleep, but for the most part, chauffeuring is Morgan’s calling. It combines both his passions, and he loves every moment of it. Being able to bring animals to their forever homes and bring happiness to their new owners means so much to Morgan.

Each chauffeuring job means a lot to Morgan. The positivity and happiness he spreads by helping these animals get to their homes is so important to him. Not only does he love bringing them to their new families, but he loves the journey. Being able to spend time with so many different cats and dogs is always special to Morgan and something he enjoys immensely. The passion for what he does shines through in all that he does, and in turn, provides hope to many animals and joy to many humans. You can follow his adventures through his page, Very Important Paws Chauffeur.

Jules, Emerald and Ruby — April 28, 2021

Jules, Emerald and Ruby

In 2011, Jules met Emerald and welcomed her into their family. Nine years later, they welcomed another fur baby, Ruby, into their family.  Since then, they have become inseparable.  

In March 2011, Emerald was found and taken into the Wellington SPCA. She had been found on the side of the road, sick and had just given birth to a litter of kittens. Not much was known about her past. However, it appeared she had been abused or neglected due to having only 3 teeth when she was found. 

A few months later, in May of that year, Jules decided to go to the SPCA and find a new furry friend. She had been wanting a cat for a long time and felt this was the right time to welcome one into her home. The first time she went to the SPCA, she didn’t feel she bonded with any cat. The second time, she met Emerald. Emerald was very sick. She was on medications and was dribbling everywhere, however, she showed Jules endless affection and love. The third time Jules went to the SPCA, she left with a happy, healthy and affectionate Emerald.  

Once Jules had brought Emerald home, she immediately ran under the bed. Not long after, she came out and curled up next to Jules. Ever since, Emerald has never left Jules’ side.  

During this time, Jules had been struggling. She felt alone as she had moved to a new city and didn’t know anyone there. Having Emerald brought her a friend and companion. Emerald would follow Jules anywhere she went and would always enjoy a cuddle! As well as this, Emerald was someone Jules could feel comfortable with. She knew Emerald was there for her, and Emerald knew that Jules was there for her.  

Nine years later, Jules decided it was time to bring a dog into their family. After searching social media, she found there was a litter of 10 looking for homes. Jules received a call from the breeder. She told her of the final female puppy and wanted to ensure she was going to a good home. Soon enough, Jules was on her way to Ashburton to meet the puppy.  

As soon as she arrived, Jules was greeted by 10 very excited puppies. One puppy, in particular, was a bit more shy than the others but was kind and sweet. A week later, Jules welcomed a new puppy, Ruby, into her home. As soon as she left, Ruby snuggled into her lap and from that moment, they have become inseparable.  

Having a puppy was an adjustment for Jules. Up until that point, she had been terrified of dogs. Having had a bad experience as a child, she would never have seen herself living with a dog. It wasn’t until her husband, Matt, convinced her to adopt a puppy. It was a challenge learning how to live with a puppy, she felt scared and was concerned that Ruby would become aggressive.  

Over the first few weeks, Jules and Ruby worked together. Jules was so scared but wanted to work through her fear of dogs. Having a kind dog such as Ruby was a big help. Gradually, Jules became more comfortable around dogs. In fact, she attended a socialisation session for Ruby. There were six other dogs there, and Jules didn’t think anything of it. Thanks to the support of Ruby, Jules can now enjoy the company of dogs.

Having Ruby has given Jules a new purpose. Ruby encourages her to get out each day for walks. This, in turn, helps Jules to be present in the moment. They enjoy getting out and about, playing frisbee together and chasing each other around the backyard! Time spent with Ruby is a source of pure happiness for Jules. No matter what, Ruby can always make Jules laugh and smile.  

One time in particular that Ruby helped Jules was just before flying on a plane. Jules gets anxious when going on a plane, and the day before she was struggling a lot. Ruby, who is a very active and energetic dog, spent the whole morning, just before the flight, with Jules. She snuggled up with her for an hour.  Having Ruby at her side helped calm Jules immensely. Knowing that she was there made all the difference in the world.  

When spending time together at home, Jules enjoys the company of Emerald. One of Emerald’s favourite things is to simply snuggle up with Jules. Something that Emerald often does when she wants a cuddle is stand on her back legs and raise her front paws up. She certainly loves showing affection! No matter what, Emerald is there to offer love and comfort to Jules, and she is there for Emerald.  

Not only have Emerald and Ruby had an impact on Jules, but also her mother. Her mother, who has health conditions, enjoys their company. She had also been afraid of dogs but with the support of Ruby, found herself loving spending time with her.  

Because of the immense impact Ruby has had, Jules has started her own business, ‘Sweet As Pup’. Sweet As Pup is an online store where Jules sells treats, accessories and more for dogs and humans alike. Not only are there great products, but they donate proceeds to different charities for dogs. They also work with and support other businesses across New Zealand. 

It is evident how much Jules, Emerald and Ruby mean to one another. The love between them is infinite and they have helped to improve each other’s lives.