Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Georgia, Lucifer and Molly — March 29, 2023

Georgia, Lucifer and Molly

~ Georgia, Lucifer and Molly ~

Over four years ago, Georgia first met Lucifer, a lovely ginger cat. Then, a couple of years later, they welcomed Molly into their home. Since then, they have formed such a special bond and have helped each other hugely. 

Some years ago, Georgia was struggling with her mental health. It was a very difficult time for her. One Sunday, she decided to adopt a furry friend to keep her company. Then, while meeting with some cats at a local shelter, she met a lovely ginger cat. In that moment, she knew he was perfect and adopted him then and there and named him Lucifer. 

Having Lucifer changed Georgia’s life. He not only provided her with love and joy, but also a purpose. Every morning, he encourages her to get up and start her day, even when she might not feel like it. As well as this, Georgia has type 1 diabetes. This can be challenging some days, however, Lucifer is able to sense when her blood sugar is too high or too low and will alert her to this. This has hugely comforted Georgia in knowing that her feline friend always has her back. 

Nine months ago, Georgia felt that it was time to adopt another furry friend to keep Lucifer company. Then came sweet little tortoiseshell kitten, Molly! When Georgia met Molly, she knew she would be the perfect addition to their family and, that day, Molly found her forever home.

Before adopting Lucifer and Molly, Georgia hadn’t thought she would have any cats. However, she wouldn’t have it any other way now. Both cats have brought endless joy and unconditional love into her life. On tough days, they’re right there for their human. Molly especially loves cuddles and affection and lets her human know as often as possible. 

Something Georgia enjoys is taking great photos of her feline friends and sharing them on social media. Being able to share some of the joy that Lucifer and Molly bring her means a lot to Georgia. Through their platform, they also often share small businesses that they support. At the end of the day, however, having both furry friends to snuggle up with is always the highlight to Georgia’s day.

The impact that Lucifer and Molly have had on Georgia has been huge. Each day they share so much love and happiness with one another. They have truly changed each other’s lives for the better. 

Laura, Kirin and Harlow — March 24, 2023

Laura, Kirin and Harlow

~ Laura, Kirin and Harlow ~

Over a year ago, Harlow found her forever home with Laura and Kirin. Since then, they have become a family and have greatly changed each other’s lives for the better. 

For as long as they can remember, Laura and Kirin have always loved animals. When they decided one day to attend a Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ meet-and-greet, they fell in love with a small pup named Harlow. 

When Harlow came out of her foster family’s car, Laura and Kirin loved her sweet little legs and long body. Initially, Harlow wasn’t very interested in them, preferring to stay close to her foster family. Yet, Laura and Kirin felt there was something there, they adopted her shortly after, providing her with her forever home. 

Almost immediately, Harlow happily adjusted to her new home. So much so that, to Laura and Kirin, it felt like she had always been there! However, she was very anxious and timid around strangers. It took a lot of time, patience and compassion to help her learn to trust. After a while, she learned to trust her humans, and gradually became more social and confident. Being able to see Harlow flourish and enjoy each and every day fills Laura and Kirin’s hearts. Seeing how much she has healed has meant so much and has inspired them to become strong advocates for adopting animals from rescues and shelters. 

Since finding her forever home, Harlow has been introduced to her most favourite place – the beach! Early in the mornings, Laura and Kirin take their canine companion out for a walk along the beach. Harlow adores doing zoomies across the sand and just the freedom she gets while in her happy place. 

The impact that Harlow has had on Laura and Kirin has been huge. She has brought endless joy and unconditional love into every day since they adopted her. Not only that, but her humans have helped her to flourish and be the lovely doggo she is today. 

Riona — March 22, 2023


~ Riona ~

Just under a year ago, Riona’s life changed. It has been a harrowing journey since then, but the love she has given and received has helped her through it and gotten her to where she is today. 

In 2022, Riona was brought into the Tails of Hope Dog Rescue. She was severely injured and, after finding the police report, discovered she had sustained 4th-degree burns that covered 60% of her body. Heartbreakingly, this wasn’t an accident. It was a horrible event, for everyone involved, but Riona received 24/7 care from Tails of Hope Dog Rescue, Bluff City Veterinary Specialists, and vet technician, Mallory.

Due to the severity of Riona’s burns, she was almost fully bandaged, required many painkillers, had skin grafts and had to undergo six surgeries. Despite the cruelty she had previously endured and the pain she was in, Riona had nothing but love to show those around her. As well as this, she and Mallory had an instant connection and, as soon as they met, Riona wouldn’t stop showering her with puppy kisses. 

Thanks to the incredible care she received, Riona is now living her best life. In addition, the person who hurt her has been found and will be prevented from hurting any other animals. People from all over the world showed their support for Riona through donations, messages of love and ensuring that she was receiving the best care and support. 

Each day, Riona continues to show everyone she meets, both in person and online, that all animals deserve love and kindness. Since meeting Riona, Mallory and those around her have been able to see her grow into a bright, happy dog. Riona loves to run around and play, but her most favourite thing is to simply snuggle up and watch a movie with her humans.  

Riona has definitely been through a lot in her life. However, despite the cruelty she has been shown, she has always had endless love to give to those around her. Now, she is ready for the next chapter in her life – finding her forever home. Currently, she is being fostered by Mallory, but she would absolutely love to find her new family. If you or someone you know can provide her with all the love and care she deserves, get in contact now!

Caitlin, Tigger, Roo and Bella — March 20, 2023

Caitlin, Tigger, Roo and Bella

~ Caitlin, Tigger, Roo and Bella ~

About four years ago, Caitlin adopted Tigger, Roo and Bella, a trio of adorable felines. Since then, they have formed a beautiful bond and have greatly improved each other’s lives. 

In 2018, Caitlin’s neighbour in South Africa was looking to rehome two of their cats. Caitlin jumped at the chance and wanted to provide them with their forever home. Then, four months, later, while visiting a local pet shelter, she fell in love with one of the cats she met there and knew that the kitten was definitely coming home with her. Just like that, Tigger, Roo and Bella now had their forever family. 

Sadly, a year later, Caitlin lost her brother. During this difficult time, Tigger, Roo and Bella were Caitlin’s rocks. They comforted her and would always know when she needed more love. No matter what, having her feline friends would always bring a bit of joy into her day, even on the toughest of days. 

Sometime later, Caitlin, Tigger, Roo and Bella moved to New Zealand. Now, the feline trio live with Caitlin’s parents while she studies. However, her parents treat them as grandchildren and spoil them every day with lots of treats – which is always very appreciated! Caitlin loves hearing about her furry friends and enjoys seeing them whenever possible. 

Something that Caitlin and her trio enjoy is playing games, especially hide and seek. They could happily play this for hours! As well as this, at the end of the day, Caitlin loves to snuggle up with her furry friends and give them lots of hugs and pats. 

The impact that Tigger, Roo and Bella have had on Caitlin and those around them has been huge. They have brought endless joy and unconditional love into their human’s life. 

Georgia and Freja — March 10, 2023

Georgia and Freja

~ Georgia and Freja ~

In 2022, Georgia adopted Freja, a German Shepherd pup. Since then, they have formed such a special bond and have impacted each other’s lives hugely. 

Having always been an animal lover, Georgia was looking to welcome a furry friend into her life. Then, she came across Freja. Unfortunately, when she adopted her, Freja wasn’t toilet-trained, didn’t know what toys were, hadn’t been crate trained and hadn’t set a paw on grass before. Seeing this was really difficult for Georgia, but as a result, she knew she had to give this pup the home she deserved. 

Since welcoming Freja into her home, Georgia has showered her canine companion with love and, in turn, has helped Freja to flourish. She now enjoys playing with toys and in the grass, going for walks, being around people, and so much more. Seeing her furry friend flourish means the world to Georgia. It has taken a lot of patience, work and compassion, yet, while they still have some way to go, she is so proud of the progress they have already made together. 

While Georgia has definitely helped Freja to bloom, Freja has also helped her human. She has become a source of unconditional love and endless joy and laughter. Despite her difficult start in life, Freja has so much love to give and enjoys making those around her smile. 

Something that Georgia and Freja enjoy is spending time together. From their daily training sessions, in which Freja always gets a sparkle in her eye in anticipation of learning a new trick or doing a puzzle, going on mindful walks on the weekends, or just snuggling up together to watch a movie. All these moments are treasured by them both.

The bond that Georgia and Freja share is truly special. They have helped one another to flourish. Every day since they found each other has been filled with love and knowing that she has been able to help Freja to feel loved means so much to Georgia. 

Chelsea, Theresa and Remus — March 6, 2023

Chelsea, Theresa and Remus

~ Chelsea, Theresa and Remus ~

Over five years ago, Chelsea and Theresa welcomed Remus, a timid but sweet Corgi pup, into their lives. Since then, they have become a close family and bring love and joy into every day.

In 2017, Chelsea and their wife, Theresa, were living in Macau, a special administrative region of China. One day, while out and about, they came across a Corgi who was being kept in a cage so small he couldn’t even turn around and was scared of everyone and everything. When they were on their way to Shanghai for a trip, Chelsea named the pup ‘Remus’ and, in doing so, knew that they couldn’t not adopt him. 

For the first year, Remus, or Remy, was terrified when meeting anyone new. He would shake and wet himself out of fear. However, with the love and care of his new humans, he gradually became less afraid and was able to trust those around him more. 

Having Remus has had a huge impact on his new family, especially Chelsea. Chelsea has had struggles with anxiety, however, when they met Remus, who also had anxiety, they felt a special bond in that they could understand one another. If either of them felt like being active, they would be active together, and if either of them were having a difficult day, they would be right there for each other. On days that have been especially hard for Chelsea, having a canine companion has encouraged them to get out of bed, go outside, give a warm snuggle, or just find a bit of calm during their day. 

Since learning to trust the world around him, Remus has absolutely flourished. He now enjoys meeting new friends – humans and dogs alike – and going on adventures. Chelsea and Theresa spent a whole year touring New Zealand in a van and during this time, they found that Remus loved this way of living. As well as this, he adores the water and going for a swim at the nearest beach. This is definitely his happy place. 

Not only has Remus had an impact on Chelsea and Theresa, but also many others. He is a very active – and beloved – participant of the LGBTQIA+ community. His humans run a NZ-based queer book business named the ‘Alphabet Book Club’ which was launched in 2021, shortly after they returned to NZ from Macau. Here, Chelsea and Theresa, as well as Theresa’s sister, sell all kinds of books – from children’s to adult, fiction to non-fiction – by from LGBTQIA+ authors and/or with representation. On top of this, they have their own podcast, Facebook group and monthly book boxes to connect with more people who may be looking for their next great read! Remus plays a very important role in this. He has given himself the title ‘chief of security’ by sniffing all parcels sent out and barking at the courier, but works hard and often needs a nap while on the job.

As well as helping run a book business, Remus loves to show his pride whenever he can. He, Chelsea and Theresa often attend Vinegar Hill, a camping festival, and any other events they can find. Of course, Remus is always happily representing his pride by wearing his signature rainbow bandana. 

The impact that Chelsea, Theresa and Remus have had on each other has been huge. Through learning to trust and be cared for, Remus has flourished and is living his best life. Having him as their canine companion has also made a world of difference for Chelsea. Each day is filled with unconditional love and endless joy and laughter, simply because they have one another. 

Debbie, Speedy, Zeeky, Eddie, Pop and Bunnypop — March 1, 2023

Debbie, Speedy, Zeeky, Eddie, Pop and Bunnypop

~ Debbie, Speedy, Zeeky, Eddie, Pop and Bunnypop ~

6 Unstoppable Dogs.

5 Different Countries, Curaçao, Mexico, India, Egypt and the US.

6 Incredible stories of survival.

1 Devoted mum on the journey of a lifetime.

Meet Debbie, a professional dog trainer in the motion picture industry. Discover how these disabled dogs changed her life forever. 

This team of unstoppable dogs are setting their sites out to change lives by bringing hope, joy and inspiring everyone they meet with our ultimate goal of touring the country. This is a real life story of 6 handicapable dogs who find the one woman who heals, loves, and shows them what living a dogs best life is all about. 

Ernest and Booboo — February 24, 2023

Ernest and Booboo

~ Ernest and Booboo ~

Three years ago, Ernest meet Booboo, a sweet little Calico kitten. Since then, they have changed each other’s lives for the better. 

On Christmas Eve of 2019, 3-month-old Booboo found her way to Ernest’s doorstep. She was frail, dehydrated, exhausted, had a broken leg and tail, and was in need of some care. As soon as he saw this kitten, Ernest felt an instant connection and knew that this kitten had found her forever home with him.

Having Booboo has taught Ernest so much. She has taught him patience and more understanding. As well as this, having Booboo through the Covid-19 pandemic helped him hugely. Having a furry friend meant that, each day, he had a purpose and someone else to care for during this stressful time. It was also during this time that Ernest had to give up his job as a photographer, however, he has since used his skills to take beautiful photos of Booboo and share her journey through social media. 

Not only has Booboo impacted Ernest, but also those around them. Friends, family and neighbours are always interested to know how she is doing. Many people also follow Booboo’s day-to-day life on social media. No matter what, she can always brighten someone’s day, and being able to do this means a lot to Ernest. 

The bond that Ernest and Booboo share is truly special. They love to watch movies and cartoons together and simply being able to spend time with each other. Every day is filled with love and joy because they have one another. 

Brittany, Isla and Riley — February 22, 2023

Brittany, Isla and Riley

~ Brittany, Isla and Riley ~

About eight years ago, Brittany met Isla and Riley. Since then, they have become a family and have greatly impacted each other’s lives.

In 2014, Brittany was looking to adopt a furbaby. She has always had a passion for animals and wanted to adopt one to give them the best life possible. Then, one day, she came across two cats at her local SPCA – Isla and Riley. They stood out from the others with their bold personalities and, within moments of meeting them, she knew they had found their home. 

Since adopting Isla and Riley, Brittany’s life has changed hugely. Through thick and thin, she has always been able to count on her feline friends. They bring a bit of hope to tough days and make the good days better, simply by being themselves. Isla is the more snuggly of the two cats, and is always happy to be cuddled and patted. Riley, while also snuggly, is more active and loves to help her human in the garden. 

Something that Brittany enjoys is simply being able to spend time with her furry friends. Whether she’s watching them live their best lives, taking photos to share on their social media page, snuggling up together or playing, having this time together means so much to her, Isla and Riley. 

The bond that Brittany, Isla and Riley share is truly special. They have changed each other’s lives for the better and continue to bring love and happiness into every day. 

Courteney, Benjamin, Sunny and Lilly — February 17, 2023

Courteney, Benjamin, Sunny and Lilly

~ Courteney, Benjamin, Sunny and Lilly ~

Four years ago, Courteney welcomed Benjamin into her life. Not long after, she adopted longhair Chihuahua, Sunny. Then last, but certainly not least, Lilly joined their family. Since then, they have improved each other’s lives greatly. 

Sadly, in 2018, Courteney’s red Burmese cat, Rowan, passed away. She was devastated. Then, on New Year’s Day 2019, they met Benjamin, a Tabby Point Birman. Instantly, she and her husband fell in love with this confident kitty and knew he would be a perfect fit for them. It wasn’t long before he became the king of his new home. Having him helped to heal his new humans’ broken hearts. 

In April of that same year, following the loss of Courteney’s Chocolate Point Birman cat, Beau, Courteney met Sunny through the NZ Chihuahua Rescue. As with Benjamin, Sunny came to her after a devastating loss, but he helped her through it. Initially, it took some time for Sunny to adjust to his new home, however, now he is absolutely thriving. 

Some months later, while at work, a small kitten wandered into Courteney’s vet clinic. The kitten was covered in tangles and was very hungry. As soon as Courteney looked into the kitten’s bright green eyes, she knew that this kitten had found her forever home and was named Lilly. Since bringing her home, her health improved hugely and she has flourished with her new family. Courteney feels that Lilly was sent to her by Beau, as a way of letting her know he’s still watching over her. 

Having Benjamin, Sunny and Lilly has impacted Courteney’s life hugely. They all arrived in her life during times of loss and health issues and have helped her through it all. During these difficult times, each of her companions has provided her with a purpose and has been a source of unconditional love. Because of the impact they have had on Courteney, she has made it her mission to be an advocate for all animals and help them through her work as a veterinary nurse for over six years. 

Something that Courteney, Benjamin, Sunny and Lilly enjoy is simply spending time together. Sunny often accompanies his human to work, on car trips and even going for walkies. When spending time with Benjamin, he and Courteney work on all kinds of tricks together, from ‘sit’ to ‘speak’ and even ‘high-five’! After a busy or stressful day, Courteney loves cuddling up with Lilly, who is always happy to be petted and snuggled.

The impact that Benjamin, Sunny and Lilly have had on Courteney has been immeasurable. They have helped her through some difficult times and have made the good times even better. Every day is filled with love and happiness simply because they have each other.