Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Sam, Jo, Sophie and Rocky — September 19, 2022

Sam, Jo, Sophie and Rocky

~ Sam, Jo, Sophie and Rocky ~

About a year ago, Sam, Jo and Sophie adopted Mini Dachshund pup, Rocket. Since then, he has brought his family endless joy, love and laughter and they have formed such a beautiful bond. 

One day in 2021, Jo was told of a small Dachshund puppy who, when old enough, would need a home. She decided almost instantly that she would adopt the pup, named Rocket or Rocky, and wanted it to be a surprise for her husband, Sam, and daughter, Sophie. However, it was too exciting for Jo to keep it a secret and told her family before Rocky was welcomed into their family. 

When Sam, Jo and Sophie adopted Rocky, they were going through a lot. Jo had just lost her mother and Sam was struggling as an essential worker during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whenever Sam returned home, seeing an excitable puppy jumping up with a wagging tail always brightened his day. After Jo lost her mother, Rocky didn’t leave her side. He followed her everywhere and helped comfort her during this time. 

Not only has Rocky impacted Sam, Jo and Sophie, but also everyone he meets. Whenever they go out for a walk, everyone smiles with they see Rocky’s cute little face and often stop to say hello. It means so much to Sam, Jo and Sophie to be able to share so much joy with so many people. 

The impact that Rocky has had on his family has been huge. He has changed Sam, Jo and Sophie’s lives for the better and they all bring so much love and joy into each and every day. 

Sam, Netts, Charlie Horse and Jack — May 6, 2022

Sam, Netts, Charlie Horse and Jack

~ Sam, Netts, Charlie Horse and Jack ~

Fourteen years ago, Sam and Netts met Jack, an energetic Cairn Terrier. Almost ten years later, Charlie became part of their family. 

One day, 13 and a half years ago, Sam and Netts met a bouncy puppy at a pet store. They were told he had been in and out of different stores. They fell in love and decided to adopt him and give him his forever home and a new name, Jack.

Since adopting Jack, Sam and Netts discovered their passion for dogs. Jack brought them both so much joy and love and they wanted to share this with others. Sam and Netts began fostering dogs from Aran Rescue. This meant a great deal to them in being able to help dogs from difficult backgrounds to flourish and find their forever home. Not only this, but Jack helped a lot, too. He would always comfort and guide the fostered dogs.

Then, in 2018, Sam and Netts decided to foster a sweet Heading Dog named Charlie Horse, or Charlie. She had been bought into the Whanganui Pound, and later Aran Rescue, at three months old as her previous owners thought she was showing signs of aggression, which turned out to be teething. When Sam and Netts arrived at the rescue to meet Charlie, she came tearing around the corner to meet them and flopped into their laps. Safe to say, she quickly became a foster fail.

It took some time for Sam, Netts and Jack to adjust to having an energetic farm dog. Charlie turned out to be very smart and loved being active which, while took some getting used to, brought even more joy into their lives. 

Having Charlie and Jack have had a huge impact on Sam and Netts. They encourage their humans to go for walks each day and bring so much happiness into their lives. During days that may be a bit tough for Sam and Netts, Charlie and Jack are right there for them. 

Not only have Charlie and Jack impacted Sam and Netts, but also the wider community. From sharing a photo, being part of a fundraising event, even helping those who are afraid of dogs, Charlie and Jack help many people and dogs. Each day, they inspire Sam and Netts to continue the work they do. 

At the end of 2021, Sam and Netts noticed a bump on Jack’s tail. During this time, they were terrified of what it might mean for their beloved pup. It turned out to be a benign tumour and had become infected. They feared the worst but, after a course of antibiotics and a lot of love and care, Jack pulled through! 

Sam and Netts’ lives have definitely changed for the better thanks to Charlie and Jack. They have brought each other so much love, happiness and positivity. The bond they all share with one another is incredibly special.