Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Alicia and Bubbles — March 7, 2022

Alicia and Bubbles

~ Alicia and Bubbles ~

Under two years ago, Alicia welcomed black Pug, Bubbles, into her home. Since then, they have become the best of friends and have greatly improved each other’s lives. 

In 2020, Alicia was in search of a canine companion. Before long, she heard of a litter of Pug puppies. She jumped at the chance and arranged a time to meet the breeder. 

During their meeting, Alicia met a small, black and bubbly Pug, appropriately named Bubbles, who happened to be the last of the litter. She fell in love and decided this was the perfect pup for her. 

Not only did Alicia meet her forever pup, but also became lifelong friends with the breeder. She still owns Bubbles’ mum and dad and so often they all meet up which is a lot of fun for both the dogs and humans!

Since adopting Bubbles, Alicia’s life has been greatly impacted. No matter where she goes, Bubbles is always right there, happily by her side. Whether she simply goes from one room to the next, or has a shower, or even goes to the toilet, her furbaby always ensures she’s never alone. 

Aside from keeping her human company, Bubbles has a lot of energy for such a little dog! She often runs 5kms with Alicia’s husband and is still full of beans until she goes to sleep at night. Bubbles loves to be active and enjoys being around her family. 

At the end of each day, Bubbles also enjoys curling up with her human brothers. She alternates between them both each night so they get equal time with her. Her youngest brother, however, sometimes tries to stay up late to play with her. 

Having Bubbles has taught Alicia so much about Pugs. She had grown up around Boxers, so having a smaller dog was a bit of an adjustment. Because of the huge impact Bubbles has had on her, she decided to make a Facebook group for Pug owners in Auckland. They organise monthly meet-ups and have grown from 15 Pugs to 45! The meet-ups are always enjoyed by humans and dogs alike and is always a highlight of their month.

As well as having monthly meet-ups, Alicia and Bubbles enjoy going for adventures, whether on their own or with a friend from their group. From going up mountains to exploring a new park, they love this time together. When they feel less adventurous, Alicia loves to help Bubbles accessorise. While Bubbles sometimes isn’t so keen, it’s time they get to spend together and that makes it all worthwhile – with a treat or two, of course! 

Alicia can’t remember life before Bubbles. The happiness she brings to her, their family and the community is incomparable. The love they have for each other is so special and their bond will only continue to grow.

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!

OtiBoaty Boutique — February 11, 2022

OtiBoaty Boutique

~ OtiBoaty Boutique ~

Just over a year ago, Kirstie, with her business partner, Otis the pug, launched their business, OtiBoaty Boutique. OtiBoaty Boutique is a New Zealand based business that specialises in handmade bows, bandanas, pet apparel and more. 

During a trip to Japan, in 2017, Kirstie discovered shops there that sold luxury dog apparel among brands like Gucci. She was in awe at how beautiful the clothes and venues were. From that moment, she knew this was something she wanted to do in New Zealand. As someone who has always had a passion for fashion and animals, especially dogs, this was something she felt could be her calling.  

Three years later, Kirstie welcomed Otis into her life. He brought so much joy and love into Kirstie’s life. As she adopted him just before the Covid-19 lockdown in NZ, she had some extra time on her hands. During this time, she made and ordered all kinds of dog apparel for Otis. When out and about, they were stopped and asked where they had gotten the clothes. Kirstie found there was a want in the community for such apparel and, with some encouragement from friends, family and strangers she met, she felt it was time to pursue her passions and so OtiBoaty Boutique was born! 

The night that OtiBoaty Boutique launched is one that Kirstie remembers well. She was anxious for how her products would be received by the community, however, it wasn’t long before orders started piling in. Knowing that so many people wanted to buy her designs has been a dream come true for her and has meant so much. 

There have been many moments since launching OtiBoaty Boutique that have stuck with Kirstie. From a launch party of a new collection at a local dog park to selling out within minutes of launching a collaborative collection, Kirstie is proud of all her achievements with OtiBoaty Boutique. 

One of Kirstie’s favourite things is seeing dogs wearing OtiBoaty Boutique products, whether when out and about or on social media. It motivates her to continue to create new products and continue to share positivity within the pet community.

Since launching, Kirstie has met many people – and dogs – who have since become good friends. Being part of the pet community has meant so much to her and has been life-changing for her in bringing many new opportunities and connections. Not only this, but being able to share her passion and creativity with so many people has meant so much. Knowing that her products bring joy to both pets and pet parents inspires Kirstie to keep creating. 

OtiBoaty Boutique is an amazing business. The passion that Kirstie has for what she does shines through each and every product she makes. From the positivity she spreads to the designs she shares, Kirstie and Otis are definitely having a big impact on the pet community. If you’re looking for a gorgeous new accessory for your pup, make sure to check out OtiBoaty Boutique!