Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Claire and Ralphie — June 23, 2021

Claire and Ralphie

~ Claire and Ralphie ~

Five years ago, Claire met her companion and fur baby, Ralphie. Ever since then, the two have become inseparable and have become the best of friends.

At 17 years old, Claire sustained a severe spinal injury. This resulted in her having tetraplegia, meaning all four of her limbs have been affected and that she uses a wheelchair to get around. Following a medical misadventure, she sustained paralysis in her arms and hands.  

Many years later, as Claire was studying for her design degree, she was struggling with the loss of her dog. It was a heartbreaking loss for her and felt that she could never have another dog. That was until she met Ralphie in 2015.

Ralphie, a gryphon x pug, is a small, mischievous ball of joy. He bounced into Claire’s life with enthusiasm and a lot of love to share. From the first moment they met, the two formed a strong bond. Wherever Claire went, Ralphie would try to follow.  Because of this, she had to make the fence a bit higher to ensure he couldn’t escape.  

One of Ralphie’s favourite things is simply being with Claire. Whether they are at home or out and about, Ralphie can often be found happily sitting on her lap. Claire has dubbed him a ‘velcro dog’, as he is quite content sitting on her lap for as long as he can.  

At times, Claire can find her mental health to be a challenge. One time, she recalls feeling very down and was crying. Ralphie became disconcerted and wanted to comfort his human. He climbed onto her lap, licked away her tears, and wiggled his way into her arms. No matter what may be happening in Claire’s life, Ralphie can always bring a smile to her face.  

When out and about, Ralphie is always happy to sit on Claire’s lap. It allows a relaxed way to interact with people within the community. Through this, Claire and Ralphie have met some great friends. Ralphie is very social and enjoys meeting people, but he is very protective of Claire. He is always right there, taking his job of protecting her very seriously.  

Ever since adopting Ralphie, Claire’s life has changed immensely. Claire is working on a PhD, has modelled, is a strong advocate, and is a talented artist. Through everything, Ralphie is right there to offer support and companionship. 

The bond between Claire and Ralphie is very special. It is evident how much they each care for one another. Claire’s life has improved with Ralphie’s unconditional love. While sometimes life can get complicated, Claire knows she will always have Ralphie to help her through it. 

Laura and Eugene — May 19, 2021

Laura and Eugene

~ Laura and Eugene ~

When Laura first saw Eugene, a very sweet little Spoodle, online, it was love at first sight.  Since welcoming Eugene into her home, Laura’s life has changed for the better.  The two are now inseparable and have helped each other immensely.  

Having always wanted to get her own dog, Laura was searching online for the perfect dog.  One day, she found a listing for a light brown Spoodle with a heart pattern on his chest.  Laura fell in love and immediately contacted the breeder.  The next day, she went for a four-hour drive to meet the puppy.  

As she arrived, Laura saw all the excited puppies running around, however, one puppy ran up to her immediately.  She picked him up and was then told that the puppy she was holding was the puppy she came to meet.  Safe to say, this was simply meant to be.  The puppy fell asleep in Laura’s arms and went home with her that day, and was given the name Eugene.  

Before having Eugene in her life, Laura had been struggling with her mental health.  Once Eugene became a part of her family, she found a sliver of hope again.  Having him in her life gave Laura a sense of purpose and responsibility.  On days when she may have been struggling with caring for herself, she was able to care for Eugene.  He required a lot of looking after and care, and this was something that helped Laura immensely.  

Since having Eugene in her life, Laura has gained so much in her life.  He gave her happiness that she hadn’t felt in a long time.  He helped her go outside and socialise on the days she didn’t want to.  He showed her she wasn’t alone.  He showed her she is worthy of unconditional love.  Even though he needed her to look after him, Laura feels that Eugene looked after her in her challenging times. 

If Laura has had a difficult day, whether at work or in general, she knows Eugene is right there for her.  His love for Laura is true and unconditional.  He welcomes her home every time she returns.  He brings happiness to each and every day, regardless of what may have happened earlier.  Even on tough days, Eugene can bring a smile to Laura’s face and make her laugh when it may be difficult.  He gives her licks, tail wags and lots of snuggles!

Simply by being himself, Eugene can bring happiness to anyone’s day.  He has encouraged Laura and her family to be outside more and to socialise.  He has changed Laura’s life for the better.  Even during her lowest moments, Eugene has brightened Laura’s day by just being there.  He brings joy to Laura, her family and her friends.  He can bring a smile to anyone’s face.  

One of Laura and Eugene’s favourite activities to do together is spending time at the beach.  Eugene especially loves digging for any hidden treasures he can find in the sand.  As well as this, at any time or place, Eugene is always ready to play fetch.  He also loves to see and play with his doggo friends.  

The bond between Laura and Eugene is truly a special one.  It is evident how much they care for one another.  Eugene has helped Laura immensely and has provided her with so much happiness and positivity.  The love between them both is obvious, simply by how they look at each other.