Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Justine and Marble — August 19, 2022

Justine and Marble

~ Justine and Marble ~

Two years ago, Justine adopted Marble. They have since formed a special bond and each day has been a bit brighter because they have each other. 

In 2020, just before the first Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand, Justine wanted to give a cat a forever home. After some searching, she saw a post by the Lonely Miaow who had some cats looking for homes. A friend drove with Justine to the rescue. Once they arrived, they met with a stripy Tabby kitty named Marble. Initially, Marble was timid, however, when she walked into her new home there was no doubt that she was there to stay. 

Just before adopting Marble, Justine was unfortunately in a car accident, which led to her needing crutches due to fracturing a vertebra. Having Marble brought a lot more happiness to her recovery! While she was resting, her feline friend would bring her gifts, often consisting of either clothes pegs, bits of foil or leaves. 

A year later, Justine and Marble decided to move to a different city – Wellington. It was a big adjustment for them both and was difficult doing so during a pandemic, but Justine is thankful she had Marble by her side through it all. No matter what, she can always brighten her human’s day. 

Having Marble has improved Justine’s life immensely. Whether Marble is stretched out, showing her fluffy tummy, standing on her back feet like a ‘meer-cat’ for her meat paste treat, or posing for a photo for the ‘gram, she never fails to bring a smile to Justine’s face. As well as this, Marble enjoys ‘helping’ her human to re-organise her record collection, chewing on books, watching birds outside the window and chasing ping pong balls that always seem to go missing. 

At the start of each work day, Marble always walks out with Justine down the stairs of her flat and, more often than not, is always there when she returns to greet her. They love the end of the day as this is when they can simply enjoy each other’s company and curl up together. 

Marble hasn’t just impacted Justine’s life, but many in their community. She managed to sway Justine’s downstairs neighbour from someone who hated cats to someone who enjoys her company. While she is still quite shy, Marble’s sweet personality shines through to those who take the time to get to know her. 

The bond that Justine and Marble share is so special. They have been there for each other through thick and thin, as well as sharing love and joy into every day.

Andy and Meow Meow — May 11, 2022

Andy and Meow Meow

~ Andy and Meow Meow ~

Sixteen years ago, Andy adopted Meow Meow, a beautiful brown tabby cat. Since then, she has had a huge impact on Andy, his family and the wider community. 

In 2006, Andy and his partner decided to adopt a cat for their children. Once they found the perfect one, their then 2-year-old middle child, Sophia, named their new furry friend Meow Meow. From that day onward, Meow Meow became a very important family member and has shared so much love and joy. 

Having grown up with Meow Meow, Andy’s children were taught from an early age how to properly care for and interact with animals. However, she has had a big impact on Sophia who is currently studying to work and care for animals. 

Meow Meow has grown to become more independent and loves to meet new people. She has even moved to the local bus stop. She often ventures out to socialise, and cause mischief, with their neighbours. One time, she even managed to steal an entire rack of ribs from a crockpot! To this day, Andy still doesn’t know how she accomplished this. 

Six months ago, Meow Meow went missing. Andy and his family were very concerned for her and her safety. However, they received a call, completely out of the blue, from a vet clinic that was 45 minutes away. They had found Meow Meow! Thankfully, Andy made sure she was microchipped, so they were able to be reunited with each other. This, too, remains a mystery as to how she wandered so far.

Meow Meow has gained more independence since deciding to live at the bus stop. People getting on or off a bus are always greeted by her. She has become a local celebrity, with many stopping for cuddles and photos. Andy loves seeing the absolute joy that Meow Meow brings to everyone. She has certainly become the community’s cat. 

Seeing Meow Meow bring so much love and happiness into the community means so much to Andy. She doesn’t go home much, but will if she needs to. Andy and his family often visit her to see how she’s going and even meet some of her new friends.

The impact that Meow Meow has had on Andy, his family and the greater community has been huge. She spreads joy wherever she goes and brings so many smiles to so many faces.

Shirin, Keir, Archie and Sid — March 2, 2022

Shirin, Keir, Archie and Sid

~ Shirin, Keir, Archie and Sid ~

A few years ago, Shirin and Keir welcomed two rescue kittens into their home, Archie and Sid. In the time since then, they have all formed a beautiful bond and have had a huge impact on each other. 

In 2015, Shirin and Keir had been told of a litter of 12-week-old kittens who had been rescued. They decided to go meet the kittens, however, once there, Shirin and Keir couldn’t resist their sweet little faces. The kittens, Archie and Sid, greeted them with big eyes and, at that moment, knew they had found their forever home. 

Since then, Archie and Sid have helped Shirin and Keir immensely. Every day is full of laughter and happiness thanks to their feline friends. They can always cheer each other up and have been there through thick and thin. Shirin and Keir are constantly amazed by the love and intelligence that Archie and Sid share. They have also been taught patience and to be present in each and every moment. 

Having Archie and Sid has often led to many new adventures and experiences for Shirin and Keir. They have even recently started going out and about with their furbabies in a cat backpack! This is something they all enjoy and it’s even more special sharing it with one another. 

The happiness that Archie and Sid have brought Shirin and Keir is incomparable. From Archie’s fly-catching skills to Sid’s relaxed nature, they both bring so much into their lives. The love they all share is truly special.

Emily, Kosmo and Nebula — February 10, 2022

Emily, Kosmo and Nebula

~ Emily, Kosmo and Nebula ~

Almost seven years ago, Emily welcomed the very fluffy, Kosmo, into her home. Then, A few years later, Nebula joined their family and they have all formed a loving and beautiful bond. 

Emily had always wanted a cat. She spent a whole year of searching and waiting for the right one to come along. Eventually, she heard of a family who were looking to re-home their cat as they were moving overseas. Emily organised to meet with their cat, Kosmo, and she was instantly in love and decided to adopt him. 

It took some time for Kosmo to adjust to his new home. For a while after being dropped off, he would sit by the door every day, just waiting, sometimes even meowing as he waited. It was so difficult for Emily to see Kosmo like this. However, after a few months of Emily’s care, love and patience, she eventually won Kosmo over. 

Not only has Emily helped Kosmo, but he has had a huge impact on her, too. Sadly, just before adopting him, she went through a miscarriage. She and her partner were heartbroken. When they adopted Kosmo, he provided them with a focus. He brought so much love and joy into their lives following such an awful time. They were able to care for him and he helped to heal some of their hurt. 

A few years later, while out buying cat food for Kosmo, Emily met with a small tabby kitten. That day, a foster family from the local shelter, The Lonely Miaow, had brought in some kittens. Emily was able to cuddle with one very sweet and quiet kitten, named Poppy, and that was it. This kitten was the perfect addition to her family, and a great friend for Kosmo. She decided to adopt her and renamed her Nebula. 

Both Kosmo and Nebula have changed Emily’s life. They are like children to her – she cares for them, talks to them, and does all she can to ensure they have the best life possible. In fact, in 2021, she even began renovations to have a catio and living space for cats. She hopes to use this to foster other cats, too, and wants to help stray and rescued cats and kittens find their forever homes, like Kosmo and Nebula have. 

As well as having an impact on Emily, Kosmo and Nebula have also had a lasting impression on their grandparents. Initially, Emily’s parents haven’t been animal people, however, they were soon won over! While Emily was at work during the renovations, both cats would go to her parent’s house where they would be completely fussed over and treated like royalty. It has meant a lot to Emily to see this and she feels that Kosmo and Nebula have completed the family. 

Something that Emily, Kosmo and Nebula love to do is go for walks! Emily has harness trained them both and they enjoy going on new adventures and exploring different surroundings. Not only this, but they also enjoy doing trick training. So far, they have learnt tricks such as ‘high five’, ‘shake’, ‘hi’ and many more. It’s time they all get to spend together and enjoy each other’s company and just have fun. 

Kosmo and Nebula mean the world to Emily. They have brought so much happiness into her life and have truly changed her life. Through love and laughter, they have all improved each other’s lives greatly. 

Rodney — February 7, 2022


~ Rodney ~

Just last year, 12-year-old Rodney finally found his forever home. Prior to this, he is known locally in New Zealand due to his challenging past, but is now thriving with his family and even has his own book!

Before 2020, Rodney was a local celebrity. He had claimed a local hardware store as his home, and happily lived there for about ten years. However, during 2020, he was taken from the store and dumped. This lead to a six-week search and he was found safe and sound. He was brought into a local animal welfare organisation and was relocated to a different city. 

The following year, Rodney went missing again, prompting a challenging four-month search. When he was found, a loving human who was involved in both searches, immediately put her hand up to adopt him and give him the home he deserves. 

Due to the impact he has had, Rodney has gained quite a following. Since his rise to stardom, he uses his fame to pay it forward and become an ambassador for other lost, stray, dumped and abandoned animals. He also has his own book that was released in September 2021 and merch range, with profits going to local rescues for food, enrichment, donations, and more. 

Not only does Rodney and his human use his platform to help rescues and other animals from difficult backgrounds, but he also spreads happiness. His social media pages are full of love and joy which often brightens the days of his followers. This means a lot to his human who enjoys being able to share his story with so many others. 

When he isn’t being an ambassador, Rodney enjoys spending time out on his catio with his best friend, Pete the Tuxedo Cat. Otherwise, he can be found snuggling up with his human, enjoying lots of cuddles and affection. 

The impact that Rodney has had on his human and the wider community has been huge. He has helped so many through simply having his journey shared and continues to be an inspiration. The love he shares is so beautiful and it will only continue to grow thanks to his human, who constantly showers him with love. 

Kepal and Arnold — November 29, 2021

Kepal and Arnold

~ Kepal and Arnold ~

Two years ago, Kepal adopted his feline friend, Arnold. Since adopting him, Arnold has flourished and has even become a highly respected member of the NZ Police! 

In 2019, a small tabby kitten was found hiding under a house in Auckland, New Zealand. He was only 6-weeks-old at the time and desperately needed some care. Kepal was told of him and, after a while, it was decided that this kitten, now named Arnold, had found his home. Kepal had initially wanted a dog, however, it didn’t take long before he and Arnold became best friends. 

Having Arnold has helped Kepal immensely. He has been taught patience and how to be more caring. Something that he and Arnold have loved doing together has been learning and performing tricks. Through patience, good communication and repetition Arnold has learnt many tricks and commands. 

With the many tricks up his sleeve, Arnold became known as part of the New Zealand Police Secret Cat Division! He knows the same tasks as the NZ Police dogs. In August of 2021, a video was published on the NZ Police social media pages of some of the amazing things Arnold can do. 

Sharing the video made Kepal immensely proud. Seeing how much happiness Arnold brought has been greatly rewarding. He hasn’t just had an impact on Kepal, but also on their community and many people throughout NZ and worldwide. Even when they just go out for walks, the faces of the people they pass just light up when they see Arnold.

While Arnold may not be an active member of the NZ Police, he and Kepal practise all the tricks every day. Arnold won’t let Kepal leave for work without doing a run-through of all his commands! Whenever they perform the tricks, Arnold happily purrs the whole time. This is their time, and they both get so much joy out of it, simply spending that time together. 

Kepal and Arnold share such a strong bond. Arnold loves being with his human, and even once followed him to the pub! He just brings happiness into so many people’s lives, but has changed Kepal’s life immensely. 

Helen and Fur — November 19, 2021

Helen and Fur

~ Helen and Fur ~

14 years ago, Helen adopted Fur. Since then, they, as well as Helen’s husband, Alessandro, have become a family and have all bettered each other’s lives. 

In 2007, Helen was looking for her own furbaby. She had heard of a litter of moggy kittens and was on her way to adopt one. Once she arrived, a small grey tabby kitten poked his fluffy head out from the door. From that moment, it was definitely love at first sight for Helen. There was no doubt the kitten, Fur, had found his forever home. 

During the 14 years Helen and Fur have had each other, they have had gone through a lot together – both good times and bad times. They have become the best of friends and helped one another through many challenges. Fur loves to follow Helen around the house and happily comes running whenever she calls him! 

Four years ago, Helen, Alessandro and Fur travelled to Qatar. However, this didn’t go as smoothly as Helen had hoped! To help Fur keep calm during the flight, Helen gave him some loose catnip. Unfortunately, they were stopped before boarding as the drug scanner read it as cannabis! After a while, they were able to confirm it was catnip and Helen, Alessandro and Fur were able to just make it to their plane!

Both Helen and Fur love to play chase every day! He could happily play it all day. Each evening, however, they love to relax and snuggle together, and Fur loves a nice tummy rub. They just love being in each other’s company.

Not only has Fur had an impact on Helen and Alessandro, but also their community. In their neighbourhood in the UK, Fur is very popular. He happily follows Helen whenever she goes to check the mailbox, but often tries to make a few stops along the way – especially if he can smell food. One time, he even managed to sneak a roast chicken! 

The impact that Fur has had on Helen has been huge. He has brought endless happiness, laughter and love into her life, as well as Alessandro’s. The bond they all share is truly special. 

Elizabeth and Theo — August 25, 2021

Elizabeth and Theo

~ Elizabeth and Theo ~

Last year, Theo found his forever home with Elizabeth. Ever since then, the two have formed a very special bond and brought so much love and happiness into each other’s life. 

In 2020, Elizabeth wanted to welcome a furry friend into her life. It wasn’t long until she met a small, fluffy and cheeky 8-week-old tabby kitten. It was love at first sight. Within that time, he’d found his home with Elizabeth and had a new name – Theodore, or Theo. 

Having Theo has helped Elizabeth immensely. Throughout the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in Australia, Theo was right there to help Elizabeth through the challenges it presented. He comforted her and helped make it a bit easier. 

Whenever Elizabeth is having a tough time, Theo is always right there. He’s a very loving cat and loves to snuggle with his human. Whenever she returns home from work, he is beyond thrilled to welcome her back with a cuddle. 

No matter what may be happening in Elizabeth’s life, she knows she has Theo. He can bring a smile to her face even when she’s struggling. He enjoys spending time with friends and is always excited to meet new people. 

After a long and busy day, Elizabeth and Theo enjoy spending quality time together. When Elizabeth goes to sit or lay down on the couch, Theo will curl up with her and have a nap. This time is their favourite. It’s time for just them to enjoy the company of one another. 

Elizabeth and Theo have such a sweet bond. It is evident how much love they share. They enjoy spending time together and never fail to brighten each other’s day.