Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Nic and Max — May 18, 2023

Nic and Max

~ Nic and Max ~

Over sixteen years ago, Nic met Max, a Cavoodle, for the first time. Since then, they have formed a truly special bond and have changed each other’s lives for the better. 

In 2006, Nic’s husband was in the army. She felt lonely and wished she had someone to keep her company while her husband was away. So, she decided it was time to adopt a furry friend! As someone who often travelled, Nic was looking to adopt a smaller dog who could accompany her. After some searching, she came across a pup online who was looking for his new home. It took a bit of persuasion but, with some help, Nic convinced her husband to adopt the pup, Max, and a few weeks later she welcomed Max into her home.

Through thick and thin, Nic and Max have been there for each other. From Nic’s husband being deployed, the Christchurch earthquakes, two house builds, and sicknesses such as covid and swine flu, they have helped one another hugely through it all. As well as this, Nic struggles with chronic migraines and endometriosis which can impact her daily life. Max has helped his human through everything, simply by being his loving, playful self. 

When things have been tough for Nic due to health reasons, she loves having Max there for her. She ensures to take him out every day for a walk, rain or shine, and if she is unable to, makes sure that someone can take him out. Nic wants her furbaby to have the best life possible, and does all she can to give him that. 

In early 2023, Max experienced a stroke. Nic was terrified and heartbroken about what this could have meant for her canine companion. Thankfully, he recovered, however, it made Nic slow down and appreciate the time she gets with Max. No matter what, she treasures every moment she gets with her furbaby. It also meant a lot to her that they had so much support from her friends and family, it showed her how much Max has impacted everyone he has met. 

Something that Nic and Max enjoy doing is spending time together. As Max is a bit older now, they don’t have as many adventures as they once did, however, this has helped Nic to be more mindful and take a moment to breathe when she needs to. When they’re up to it, they often go out in with Max in his little buggy or a nice walk if he feels like it. 

Not only has Max impacted Nic, but also her family and friends. Last year, Nic’s parents sadly lost their dog, Charlie. Monday to Friday, Max spends time with them, and having him there never fails to make their day. Friends and family love keeping up with Max as he has become such a big part of so many of their lives. 

The impact that Nic and Max have had on one another has been huge. They have helped each other through so much and bring endless happiness, joy and love into every single day.

Christine and Max — June 3, 2022

Christine and Max

~ Christine and Max ~

Four years ago, Christine met 3-year-old Labrador, Max. Since then, they have become the best of friends and have changed each other’s lives. 

In 2018, Christine’s mother asked her to pick up her dogs from their dog sitter. When she arrived, she met Max. The dog-sitter told her his previous owners dropped him off. He had been living in a warehouse as they didn’t want him inside the house, so decided to give him up, so the dog-sitter took him in. Unfortunately, she was unable to look after him as she already had five foster dogs, six dog-sitter dogs and three dogs of her own. Because of this, Christine offered to foster Max. 

Wanting to help him find his forever home, Christine posted pictures of Max on social media. However, it wasn’t long before she fell in love with his sweet little face. They shared a bond already and she knew he was special. From that moment on, there was no doubt that he had found his forever home with her. 

Having Max has had a huge impact on Christine. They go everywhere together – shops, Christine’s horse stables, cafes, etc. As well as this, they enjoy going on adventures together, from hiking, to camping, to swimming! They love spending this time together and being able to experience new sights. 

Before adopting Max, Christine lost her horse to colic. She was devastated as she spent so much of her life caring for her horse. With Max, she had a routine again, a reason to get up each morning, and someone to focus on. Having him gave her a purpose and brought joy into her life once again after her tragic loss. 

One of Max’s favourite things is swimming. He has become very well-known for his swimming adventures. Not only does he enjoy this, but he’s quite a talented diver, too. He will go under the water and perform different tricks, showing off his impressive skills. Christine tries to take Max to the beach as often as possible to brighten his day. She loves watching him swim as he has the time of his life, it brings her so much happiness. 

Max has become Christine’s best friend, companion and part of her family. Each day, they share so much joy and love with one another. The bond they share is so special and they have truly impacted each other’s lives immensely.