Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Cindy and Antonia — November 17, 2021

Cindy and Antonia

~ Cindy and Antonia ~

Just over a year ago, Cindy met Antonia, a black cat who happened to be blind. In the time since then, they’ve formed such a strong and special bond. 

In 2019, Cindy sadly lost one of her cats, Yuki. It was a difficult time for both her and her other cat, Chloe. A year later, having been a long-time supporter of the Wags His Tail rescue, Cindy saw two kittens – one tabby and one black. At the time, they could not be separated, and she felt that two kittens would be a bit difficult for her and Chloe. 

Cindy felt for one of the kittens in particular. At only two months old, the black kitten had such badly infected eyes that they had to be removed, meaning she’s fully blind. 

Not too long after, however, upon checking on their website, she saw that one of the kittens, Antionette, had been adopted. Cindy immediately contacted the rescue and adopted the second kitten who was blind, Antonia. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions at the time between Switzerland and Germany, Cindy couldn’t adopt Antonia immediately. They had to wait about three months before Antonia could be welcomed into Cindy’s home. It was well worth the wait, however, as Antonia instantly felt at home and was ecstatic to meet her forever family.

Throughout the pandemic, Cindy’s cats have helped her immensely. They’ve provided her with companionship during a very stressful time. Antonia had a huge impact during this time. On days that were a bit more of a challenge, Antonia has always been there by Cindy’s side. 

If Cindy is ever upset or stressed, Antonia can always brighten her day. They enjoy snuggling together, being in each other’s company and even playing fetch together! Fetch is something that Antonia would happily do all day, every day. She’ll bring her favourite orange mouse toy to Cindy over and over again. 

Something that Antonia often does, and Cindy feels more people should do, is she sees with her heart. While Antonia is blind, she has so much love to give and is full of life. Cindy and Antonia are advocates for cats who are blind. Being blind doesn’t stop her from living her life. She gives everything she has to each day, whether she’s batting an egg on the bench, playing fetch, or just cuddling with her human, Antonia doesn’t let anything stop her!

The bond that Cindy and Antonia share is so special. They have each improved one another’s lives and have shared so much love and happiness. 

Finding Confidence and Companionship — November 23, 2020

Finding Confidence and Companionship

~ Romy and Lollipop ~

In 2015 in Switzerland, Romy and Lollipop met. Having had a difficult early life, finding comfort and peace in Romy’s house made a world of difference for Lollipop.

Lollipop, a Parson Russel Terrier, was adopted and moved from place to place a few times in 2014, her first year of life. Her last breeder handler let Lollipop settle in and adopted her for breeding. Before acquiring the breeding license, Lollipop had entered and won many national and international dog shows.

One year later in 2015, Romy was looking to adopt a dog, specifically a Parson Russel Terrier. She knew this breed have characteristics of being energetic, confident, outgoing and are small in size. Initially, Romy went to meet with a breeder who introduced her to some dogs, although, Lollipop stood out to her most. Upon meeting, she noticed Lollipop was devoted, enjoyed Romy’s company, and was open-minded. From this meeting, Romy was told Lollipop would be having a litter the following year.

Not long after, Lollipop became pregnant. Romy was thrilled that this meant she would soon welcome a new puppy into her home. Unfortunately, before her puppies were born, Lollipop was severely attacked and lost her puppies. This led to permanent issues for Lollipop, meaning there was a risk of her being unable to become pregnant again. As a result, Romy instantly jumped to adopt Lollipop.

Since being adopted by Romy, Lollipop has flourished. She has enjoyed being a regular dog – running around parks, getting lots of snuggles, lots of naps and more. Romy found that Lollipop needs clear communication and to have rules clearly outlined. This has helped Lollipop, but it has also been a learning experience for Romy. Having to be clear and assertive helped Romy to gain confidence in herself.

Before getting Lollipop, Romy remembers having difficulties speaking up for herself. She often felt her own wellbeing suffered by wanting to please other people. This led to Romy feeling as if she was losing who she was and having low self-worth. After awhile, she became depressed due to burnout. Meeting and adopting Lollipop changed all this.

Needing to be firm with Lollipop meant that Romy’s confidence grew. Realising that she can be both assertive and kind, allowed Romy to become who she is now. Not only does she now speak up for herself, but she speaks up for Lollipop as she is responsible for her and her actions. Romy feels that she and Lollipop have an unspoken understanding of one another due to both of their pasts. Lollipop provides Romy with a sense of happiness and peacefulness.

In 2017, Romy began her own business, inspired by Lollipop. Through her business, Blickfang Pfoten, or Glamour Paws, Romy designs and creates beautiful products for dogs, cats, and their humans – famously, beautiful collars. Lollipop remains an inspiration for this and is also the face of and model for Blickfang Pfoten.

The two enjoy simply spending time together. Romy has always been active and loves going for adventures. Whether tramping, hiking, or even just a scenic walk, Romy loves being outdoors and being joined by Lollipop every step of the way. Having Lollipop join her during her outings helps Romy. She knows that she is never alone with Lollipop by her side.

Having Lollipop has taught Romy bravery. Seeing Lollipop go through what she has, as well as knowing her own strength, has given Romy her confidence and ability to see her own bravery. She trusts her gut instincts rather than what her head may be telling her.

It is evident how much they both mean to each other and how much they have helped each other. They have an amazing bond. Romy views Lollipop as a companion and friend. Someone who understands her, who listens without judgement, and is always there for her.