Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Stacey, Pepper and Chili — August 10, 2022

Stacey, Pepper and Chili

~ Stacey, Pepper and Chili ~

Two years ago, Stacey welcomed rescue pup, Pepper, into her life. Not long after, Chili joined their family. Since then, they have all improved each other’s lives hugely. 

In 2020, Stacey applied to adopt a puppy from Rescue Dogs Rock. The pup she initially applied for was adopted by someone else, but they said her sister was looking for a home. As soon as they met the pup named Jupiter, she was in love. Ten days later, Stacey adopted Jupiter, who she decided to name Pepper. 

Unfortunately, two months after adopting Pepper, Stacey’s 16-year-old Chihuahua, Scrappy, passed away. Realising that Pepper needed a canine friend, she contacted Rescue Dogs Rock once again. They told her about a pup named Annie and, after hearing about her, Stacey knew she was the perfect friend for Pepper. She quickly decided to make the trip out to pick up the puppy, who she renamed Chili, in honour of Stacey’s favourite band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

Having Pepper and Chili has enriched Stacey’s life. Whenever Stacey is feeling down, Pepper and Chili are right there to lick away her tears. Playing with them or going for a walk never fails to brighten Stacey’s day. During the Covid-19 pandemic, a time of anxiety and uncertainty, they shared endless joy and laughter. 

Not only have Pepper and Chili had a big impact on Stacey, but also on Stacey’s mother. They help her to stay active and always bring a smile to her face. Seeing them brings Stacey’s mother so much happiness and is something she always looks forward to. Before Pepper and Chili, she felt trapped by her past but, with them, she has been able to be present in each moment. 

Something that Stacey, Pepper and Chili enjoy doing is travelling and being active. From exploring new places to going for walks around their favourite dog park, having this time together means so much. It allows Stacey to unwind from any daily stresses and Pepper and Chili to live their best lives. 

The bond that Stacey, Pepper and Chili share is so special. To Stacey, her canine companions aren’t pets, but are cherished family members. While they were rescued from a shelter, they rescued their human just the same. 

Anna and Pepper — August 3, 2022

Anna and Pepper

~ Anna and Pepper ~

Just over a year ago, Anna welcomed doggo, Pepper, into her life. In the short amount of time since then, they have grown to be best friends and have impacted each other hugely. 

At the beginning of 2021, Anna saw a litter of sweet puppies online and just had to meet her. She quickly organised a visit. Once she arrived, one particular pup came bounding up to meet Anna. The puppy kept coming back to Anna, even when the others had found something else to do. It was obvious at that point that Anna had been chosen and so, she adopted the puppy and named her Pepper. 

Having Pepper has had a huge impact on Anna. She has helped her to be more active and better connect with more friends and even those met on social media. On days that are a bit difficult, Pepper is always right there for Anna. She will happily snuggle up with her human. 

Something that Anna and Pepper enjoy is meeting up with their friends, humans and dogs alike. They also love simply spending time with one another. Whether going for a walk, visiting their favourite dog park or cuddling up together. Being able to appreciate this time means the world to them both. 

The bond that Anna and Pepper share is truly special. They have brought endless love and joy into each other’s lives and continue to make each day so much better. 

Spicy Pet — February 14, 2022

Spicy Pet

~ Spicy Pet ~

Over a year ago, Shauni had the idea to start a pet apparel business, with inspiration from her pups, Pepper and Pistachio. Since then, she has launched her own business, Spicy Pet, which has taken off and is bringing joy to many pets and pet parents across New Zealand. 

In 2020, Shauni had been wanting to open her own pet apparel business. She had been trying different things to find her niche. One night, she was sewing some PJs for Pepper and Pistachio and wanted to add their names. After some internet searching, Shauni couldn’t find anything she liked and decided to personalise the PJs herself. She then realised that other pet parents might want a similar product and so, with some encouragement from friends, Spicy Pet was born!

The night that Shauni launched the Spicy Pet website was nerve-racking. However, a week later, she saw people sharing their Spicy Pet purchases and she was thrilled. She received so much positive feedback and felt that this was just the beginning. 

With the release of Spicy Pet being such a hit, Shauni was motivated to keep improving and creating their products. Since then, one of her favourite things about what she does is being able to be as creative as she wants. Anything can be printed, from decals to bandanas, ID tags and so much more! The sky is truly the limit at Spicy Pet and Shauni is excited to be able to share this with so many people. 

At present, Spicy Pet has over 2,000 followers and Shauni is immensely grateful for all the support she has received. Through her business, Shauni has been able to collaborate and work with many different people and small businesses. Working with them has greatly inspired her to continue to improve Spicy Pet. Not only this, but Shauni is grateful for every follow, like, comment, and share she gets. It means a lot to her to bring people and pets happiness through her products. Shauni also enjoys getting custom orders – the more out there, the better!

Spicy Pet has had such a huge impact on Shauni. It’s her passion and she puts everything she has into it. She’s always thinking of new products, ways to better Spicy Pet and so much more. Not only this, but Spicy Pet has given Shauni a purpose, has allowed her to meet so many people, and, of course, meet many doggos! It’s obvious how much Spicy Pet means to her. 

In the short amount of time Spicy Pet has been going, Shauni has reached so many people and pets across New Zealand. If you’re looking for some cool new products, for yourself or your furbaby, make sure you check out Spicy Pet!