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Happy Tails

The Humane Society of New Zealand often receives stories and tales from people across the country on the joys of adopting a pet. Below, you will find just some of the stories we receive. If you would like to share your story with us to publish in a newsletter or online, please email us your story as well as a photo of your Happy Tail.

Abbey

We live on a 4ha bush block in the Waitakeres so our dogs get lots
of walks in the bush and trips to Bethells Beach
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Abby

After two weeks we have decided she is a most loveable and adorable dog with a wonderfyl character. Read more...

Ali

I adopted Ali about 2 and a half months ago from the Humane Society, she is a Staffi cross, was 6 months old when I got her, and she is also deaf. Read more...

Amber

Thought you would like to see some pics of Amber (previously Alice) the 16 (now 17) week old Red Heeler we adopted. She is doing really well with us and we both love her, so does everyone who meets her. Gained 2.5kg in 2 weeks and her stitches are out and she is healing well. She gets on really well with our other dog Chloe (who is almost exactly 1 year older than her to the day). She is a cheeky character and has a tendency to look at me and then ignore me sometimes when I ask her to "come here." Read more...

Badger

I'm now 2 years old and my name is Badger. I sometimes get called "Mischief" or "Goofy" ....don't know why though. Read more...

Bailey

Bailey is a great social little puppy who is very laid back and loves all sorts of dogs and humans. He adores human females the most and flirts with them at the dog park and gets lots of kisses and cuddles. Read more...

Baron

Baron is a very bright little bloke and an absolute charmer. Read more...

Baxter

Baxter is now happily in his new home, and sent us a note Read more...

Bella

Bella is an absolute delight!! Read more...

Bella

I adopted Bella from the Humane Society in December last year. She settled in as soon as she arrived at home and it's hard to remember what it was like without her...she's awesome!!! Read more...

Belle

Hi, my name is Belle. I've just turned 1 years old and am very happy in my home. I get taken out for walks, runs and get lots of playtime with my owners Josh (he's 14yrs) and Gareth (he's 11yrs). I have a lot of fun with my buddies and I'm very spoilt! I even get on with the cat and the chickens! Read more...

Benji and Poppy

Benji and Poppy have really settled in here with us and are loving life Read more...

Bessie

Well it has now been just over three weeks since we welcomed Bessie into our family and I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you (and Robyn and all the team of volunteers for that matter) for all the work you do for these wee pooches. Read more...

Bingo

Bingo was a bit boisterous when we first took him home, but he has settled down, and is very well loved my all of us, but especially my kids. He is very gentle with them, and they love taking him with on our walks. Read more...

Blondie

Blondie is an absolute sweetheart. Read more...

Bobby

Bobby is fully part of the family and I'm sitting writing this with Pebbles,Bobby and Cotton the cat all asleep, squashed up next to me. Read more...

Bobby

We adopted Bobby in August and have fallen in love with our "wiry guy" already - he loves cuddles, sleeps on our bed and plays all day with our other two dogs. He loves agility and comes with me when I'm riding the horses,or when there's farm work to be done. Read more...

Bobi

We'd like to tell you how Bobi has settled in with us. He is utterly gorgeous, learning daily, such a bright boy. He is very gentle though still full of baby bounce and delight, keeping a couple of 60ishers on their toes! Read more...

Bonny

Bonny has a busy social life and a huge circle of friends. Read more...

Bosco

Bosco is settling in so well, it seems like longer than 10 days since he's been part of the family. Read more...

Bree - Our Very Own Drug Detection Dog!

Bree has flown through the final validation test with 100% accuracy and is now a full time working drug dog in New Zealand Detector Dog Services. She loves the work and being out and about every day with her handler and I think they have a very bright future together. Read more...

Briar

We saw little Briar advertised by the humane society and we fell in love! Read more...

Bruce

Bruce's owners have done a fantastic job with him, as he had some problems when he was adopted. Read more...

Bruce

Bruce has been with us for 6 weeks now and we just love him to bits, I cant imagine our family without him now. He has settled right down, and is fantastic with everyone including the cat and little kids that come to visit Read more...

Bruce

Woof, my name is Bruce. I am a big handsome British Bulldog who found my way to the Humane Society. Tina was my foster mummy and she was GREAT! Read more...

Bruno

We adopted Bruno, a German Shepard-Ridgeback cross, just before Christmas 2010 when he was 4 months old. Bruno is completely involved in our family's life as there isn't much he doesn't enjoy doing, from walks on the beach to fishing trips, rides in the car and visiting friends. Our experience with Bruno has been a truly rewarding one, we really could not have wished for a better companion. Read more...

Buddy

Buddy has fit extremely well into our family, he is a very busy, happy and confident little dog and we absolutely love him! Read more...

Buffy

We love Buffy to bits Read more...

Bumble

So proud we are of Bumble, his weight loss, and the delightful character he is. Read more...

Casper

Casper is a lovely boy and we are very happy with him Read more...

Charlie

As you can see Charlie has settled in nicely with his new companion Romeo, Charlie is a delight enjoying lots of off lead runs and play time at the beach and in the park, he is learning some new tricks and enjoys training and of course a tummy rub, he is already part of the family and we are very lucky to have found such a lovely addition. Read more...

Chico

It is just 6 weeks since we brought this gorgeous little man into our home. Read more...

Coco and Sooty

Our babies have settled in real well and are just the most beautiful kittens, they keep us entertained all the time with their play fighting and stalking each other. The only problem is that not a lot gets done in the house. Read more...

Cody

This story is about Cody our delightful Poodle X something (we think Schnauzer) we were lucky enough to get from the Humane Society - we think we have got the most lovely ‘Pound Hound’ Read more...

Crakka

We found our boy in an advert the Humane Society placed some eight years ago, when he was described as a Lab cross, pretty boy. He was four months old and in that transitory stage where he was gangly, and not so pretty, but we could see he would become a very handsome man as he matured.
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Daisy

Daisy is the perfect family dog Read more...

Dexter

We are so happy to have this big boy in our lives!

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Dexter

Just a quick note to let you know how well Dexter is getting on here with us. Read more...

Dotti

Dotti is so amazing and we are so in love! Read more...

Eddie

Eddie is no longer innocent. He gives both our cats a run for their money...not sure he knows he is a dog but rather one of the cats. Read more...

Eden

Eden is the sweetest girl, loves belly rubs, kisses and her and Fletch follow each other everywhere. He waits for her to drink the water first, and she waits for him at the door when they come back inside from potty. Read more...

Elli

We adopted Elli only a month ago but it feels like she has been a part of our family forever! Read more...

Elvis

This is Elvis grown up. He has fairly long legs, and might grow some more. He has such a sweet nature, and is affectionate (no doubt thanks to you), and definitely part of the family. Read more...

Fergy

Fergy is just the most magnificent dog. She learns quickly, has a wonderful temperament, and is doing everything you could ask of a dog. She has filled the void in our home caused by the passing of our miniature daschund, Holly, earlier this year. Read more...

Frankie

Frankie comes every where with us and is so loving and affectionate . Read more...

Fred

Fred is the most gorgeous boy and became a part of the family almost instantly. Read more...

Frosty

Frosty has a great little personality and is very full of life. Read more...

Georgia

We have now had Georgia for 5 months and she is turning into a very good looking, good natured and loving animal. She is overcoming her nervousness. She is not afraid of other dogs – in fact wants to play with them all and if they don't want to play with her she just walks away – and is not aggressive in the slightest. Read more...

Georgie & Tilly

In February 2010 due to the loss of a dear friend of eight years (Rosie) we decided that the house was far too quiet without a dog so we started searching on the internet. That is where we came across Georgie and instantly fell in love with him. Read more...

Griffen

As
soon as Griffen moved in with us he made himself right at home - such a
confident little boy. He and Alfie play chasey
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Gulliver

Here are pictures of the fluffy (he knows it's really his pudgyness) Gully-bot Read more...

Harry and Floyd

Harry , who we think is a West Highland Terrier X, is a confident, hyper and totally deaf puppy. Read more...

Hershey

Dear friends from the humane society. It's Miriam here and her fur baby Hershey. Read more...

Hudson now named Ice

We're delighted to let you know that Hudson, the golden retriever is now renamed ICE and he has settled in really well & part of the family. Read more...

Indie

We we adopted Indie from the Pukekohe pound in Feb, she was the quietest of the bunch and very timid. That lasted about 20 minutes after we got her home. She is now the complete opposite! She is a gorgeous, crazy monster who spends her time playing with our two big dogs and the cat (her special friend).
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Jackson

Jackson has put on almost 3kg since we got him and is adding muscle with daily walks and bush walks every weekend, everywhere we take him we get compliments on what a stunning looking dog he is. Read more...

Jackson

Hi, my name is Jackson, I am a boxer rescued and rehomed through the humane society. Read more...

Jake

We adopted Jake a German Shepherd x a couple of weeks ago and just wanted to let you know how he was getting on - he is great and we absolutely love him to pieces Read more...

Jem

It was love at first sight and we took her home. Read more...

Jester

From the moment we got Jester he loved us –He just fitted in straight away - he LOVES everybody & everybody LOVES him! Read more...

Josie JDX

We picked up Josie from a Humane Society foster home in February 2008. Agility began in 2009. She loved it and learnt very quickly. She quickly advanced through the grades – elementary, starters and novice – by winning 1 elementary, 2 starters and, in just 3 months, 3 novice championship events and is now currently at intermediate/senior level. These courses are much harder and we are working hard at getting better at them! Read more...

Kobe

We are over the moon with the little man. Read more...

Kobi

I just wanted to say a big thank you for our wee man Kobi - we are having a blast with him and he has settled in perfectly. He comes to work with me Monday to Friday at dog day care and he absolutely loves it - playing all day and greeting the dogs as they come in for a day of fun. Read more...

Lizzie

Lizzie is doing really well! She has grown lots! She is now more than 20 kg. Read more...

Luke

"He's going to sleep in the laundry - Yeah, right!"
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Mac

Mac really was the perfect dog for Mum. Read more...

Martin

Just to let you know that after 2 very short weeks Martin is settling down really well. He gets on extremely well with our other dog Murphy who at 11 yrs old has now experienced his second childhood! Read more...

Matilda

We are so pleased to have Tils in our family and she is doing very well. Read more...

Max

All is well here but I thought I would send you an update at 8 months old.... Max (aka "Terry the Terrier") is doing well as you can see from our pictures. He is full of life and keeps us on our toes in all respects. He is behaving "most" of the time and comes to our whistle every time unless there is another dog or something far more interesting then a boring old whistle! Read more...

Mikey

Mikey must be getting on for 15 now and is a happy, sprightly little fellow who loves going in the car and getting scratches. Read more...

Milo

It's like we have had him forever and we just love him Read more...

Milo

Max had been missing his mate of 6 years since she passed away a few weeks ago and it has been great to see Max with a smile on his face again - since Milo joined our family. They are great friends and love each others company.

It feels like we've always had Milo in our house - we were very lucky to find him. He has settled in well, you would think he has been here forever, he is so relaxed, and is having some serious fun. Read more...

Missy

Recently we have referred to Missy as ‘our favourite child’ Read more...

Missy

Meet our wonder dog Missy Read more...

Modem is Great!

When we first met Modem we knew he had the right amount of quirkiness and attitude to fit in our family. He had a rough start to life... he was (presumably) abandoned my his mother as a kitten, then hit by a car resulting in a broken leg which needed a pin to hold it in place. We arrived at the foster home, and though the hair on his leg was still growing back he was full of confidence and very inquisitive. Read more...

Mojo

Mojo has proven to be a lovely boy and great company for my little girl who is a Foxy/Jack x. He has fitted in very well. They regularly play together and more often than not sleep together. They are now inseperable and pine for each other when seperated. Read more...

Molly

Our children, aged 3 and 5 had been on to us to get some pets so when we picked up a kitten it seemed only right to get a dog to make the set. We didn’t want either a small yappy thing or a puppy that needed house training so looked on the internet and found Molly. Read more...

Molly

I adopted Molly a couple of weeks ago and she is great. She is very well behaved and just needed a bit more exercise to stimulate her.

She now runs everyday in Totara park,and loves it. She also came on a 2 day tramp in the coromandel ranges. Here are some photos of her new life. Read more...

Molly / Orla

Orla has such a sweet, loving, gentle nature and I love her to bits! She is very spoilt - she goes to the park every day, and goes to 'doggie day-care' twice a week Read more...

Monkey

Monkey really couldn't have been a better fit, and she is much loved. Read more...

Monty

I have had "Monty" for 9 months now, adopted from the Humane Society end of May 2010. He really is like a living pillow...he is funny, bouncy, and a joy. He has serious mojo, and is not afraid of any other dogs...he has a deep bark, people are surprised to see a white puffball make that kind of noise!
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Norton

First of all a big thanks for introducing us to Norton, he has turned out to be a real great dog. Sometimes when we are out walking I stop off at a friends place. They invite me and Norton in for a wine. They just absolutely love him and make areal fuss of him.

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Ollie

Here are some pics of Ollie relaxing at home. We truly love him to bits and he is amazingly gentle with the children. I am constantly getting comments about his looks - people stop me all the time to say what a beautiful dog, and I have to agree - he really is truly beautiful! I don't think the pics do him justice but I am sure you will enjoy them. Read more...

Oscar

Oscar has settled very well and loves his new home and environment, especially the beach walks. He still needs a bit of command training but is responding very well. Read more...

Paddy

Paddy seems to be settling in well so far. Read more...

Penny

Penny has settled well, at first she and my other cat hissed a little at each other but we have introduced them a little each day and yesterday things were much better. Read more...

Pepper

Pepper is a real little live wire and loves to play with our other dog Read more...

Peter

Peter has grown and brought us much happiness Read more...

Phoebe

Just wanted to send in some photo’s of Phoebe since we adopted her a couple of months ago. Whilst she is very full on she calms down very quickly and has settled in really well in our home. She loves our other dog Louis and has given Louis aged 10 a new lease of life. Read more...

Phoenix aka Nix

Just thought we should send a little update from the family. We want to thank you very much for giving Phoenix a second chance - he's a wonderful dog. Read more...

Piper

We are not overly religious people, but we truly believe that rescue dogs are angels. Read more...

Polly

We had the privilage to adopt a special wee girl called Polly in July of this year. Now we could not imagine what life would be without her. Polly has a zest for life, happy, playful, brave and full of love. Read more...

Rani

Many thanks for all you work making dogs and humans happy
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Rewa

I have been in my new home for just over a week , I am very happy and I am loved very much, everybody thinks that I am a gorgeous little girl.
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Roscoe

Roscoe is perky and bright, and really loves his walk each day Read more...

Rosey

Rosey is thriving Read more...

Rosie

Hi, We adopted squeak now Rosie in May. She was so scared when we brought her home. Took a night for her to even come out from under the bed... Read more...

Roxy

Just over a month ago I lost my best friend, A beautiful Rottweiler called Taz. About three weeks later I found myself looking on trademe at dogs and found Roxy, something about her just spoke to me so I went out and met little Roxy, instantly fell in love with her and just had to bring her home. She slotted into my life very easily, we have been joined at the hip since day one. Read more...

Ruby

Ruby was very timid when she went to her new family, but they've done a wonderful job with her. Read more...

Ruby

Ruby is such a good pup, they now sleep out in the wash house on beanbags, but they get to lay by the fire until bed time as Ruby does feel the cold! She is very loyal. Read more...

Rudy

Rudy has now been with us for two months and has really settled down. He loved the Christmas tree and laying under it amongst the presents and lights above him. He is a happy little dog and loves everyone. He is my little shadow.

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Rusty

Rusty is a bull Mastiff cross and has grown up to be a very handsome, well behaved man. Rusty is so loving and absolutely adores cuddles Read more...

Shelby

About a month ago after the tragic loss of our Boxer dog Mason we adopted Gracie (renamed Shelby). She is a border collie x bull terrier. She settled in straight away and has become a much loved member of our family. She has such a sunny disposition and just seems to LOVE everything around her including the cats!! Read more...

Shiloh

Shiloh is doing really well! We adore her and we think she is sooooo cute! Read more...

Shine

Shine has settled in well with our family. She is a really delightful, good natured, enthusiastic and intelligent dog. Read more...

Shooter

I wanted to write and thank you for helping us find a member of our family. It is coming up to the anniversary of our getting Shooter, an Irish Terrier you rescued from the pound. Read more...

Simba

Simba had a wonderful first day with us, and thoroughly enjoyed running around the back yard with Sasha. They played so well together, even sharing the pool. Read more...

Skip and Hamish at Pet Day

Here are a couple of photo's from Sunday. Thanks, it was a fantastic day and we can't wait until next year. Read more...

Sophie

Sophie came to us over a year ago now, but somehow she has always been one of us. She clearly understands what we say to her, with her ears pricking up if anyone mentions the word "Walk" or "Car - ride", and will head to either the garage or the front sliding door. Read more...

Spidey

Spidey was adopted by someone who had already adopted Lockie from us. Read more...

Spike

Spike has made us both smile again! He is a totally different character from our other two boys (and a lot quicker I may add!!) but so lovely and cuddly and our house is full of life again! Thank you! Read more...

Spike

We saw a picture of Spike on the Humane Society site. He had been found running loose in West Auckland jumping with fleas and in an emaciated condition. We are so grateful Spike has come to us and look forward to many years of fun, exercise, photos and joy. Read more...

Spud

We've had Spud (who was originally named Harry when we adopted him, but we felt Spud fit his personality a bit better) for almost two months now and he has settled in amazingly with the family. Read more...

Sugar

Well it has been a month now since our beautiful daughter came to her forever home and completely took over the place..... Whoops that's a Typo error & should be deleted) it should read , and has settled in quite nicely. Read more...

Summer

Summer is doing well. We have completed 3 training courses and are on our 4th! We are doing agility now and she is getting very big. Possibly too big for agility but we enjoy it none the less. Read more...

Tana

I've been very good, and put on my best manners.They take me to Meola Reef off leash park or Pt Chevalier beach so that I can run fast up and down Read more...

Tarji

I am sending this update for the lovely carer who welcomed me and introduced me to this lovely boy Read more...

Taylor

Taylor is simply a joy, he and China love each other and he is her big protector. He has settled in well, we do a 9km power walk every night after work and when it is not raining, we get up at 6am and do 4kms before work. He has met the neighbourhood pack and fits in well, my work colleagues think he is fantastic and I am soooooo lucky. Tina his foster mum has done an awesome job with him, he comes when I call and sits on command (my vet was very impressed). Read more...

Teddy

I have been so busy enjoying my new family and home I haven't had a chance to write. I have a new name now 'Teddy'. I like it. Read more...

Tess

We adore Tess and are so glad she came into our home.
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Tex

Thought I would send you an update as I've been at my new home for a week now. I'm loving my new family, they are very very nice and give me lots of attention and are always happy to throw my ball for me, they're always talking to me and telling me what a good, handsome boy I am [as if I didn't know that already] and giving me treats but they do tell me off if I nip which I sometimes do when I get really excited. Read more...

Tilly

Love her to bits Read more...

Timmy

He is a staunch little man now thats enjoying life to the full. Read more...

Toby

As you can see from the photos, Toby has settled in very nicely thank you with his own bed and he is on speaking terms with the cat. Unless she feels that he is pushing it and swipes him one to keep him in his place.
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Toby

Hello there my name is Toby and I was adopted by the Pope Family in February last year. I am a very snugly little boy and love nothing better than to curl up on my mums lap and lay my head on her chest. My favourite thing ever would have to be walkies! No wait food! No swimming! Oh I don’t know I love them all soooo much. I sometimes get bones as a special treat and for Christmas this year I got the biggest bone ever! Read more...

Toddy

Toddy travelled home really well and when we arrived home he had a wander around the back yard and then came inside and jumped straight into the cane bed. Read more...

Vinnie and Dog

Here we are lined up with Taz, our Alpha male, (but he's not very strict!). We are having heaps of fun and learning lots of things. Dog - " I have been following Taz around and he has taught me to hunt for mice and my brother Vinnie loves to chase birds Read more...

Waylon

Here is my lovely boy Waylon Read more...

Ziep

Ziep (a.k.a. Leon) is such a cruisy wee boofhead, a real goofball and sooo loveable. Read more...