The New Year has been much brighter for five puppies that were removed from their mother when she was killed at a pedestrian crossing in October.
When Sophie Legge's 2-year-old dog Sui was fatally struck by a car in October, there were concerns that her five staffordshire terrier puppies would not survive without a mother to feed and care for them.
But several months down the track, Mrs Legge said the puppies got up to as much mischief as dogs with less traumatic beginnings.
"You can't leave the house, you've just got them hanging off your trouser legs."
All of the puppies were adopted and went to their new homes last month.
"They are all doing really well and have gone to good places," she said.
"They are still very young and haven't been with their new families for long so will be learning what they can and can't do."
Mrs Legge said it was too soon after Sui died for them to keep one of the litter.
Wainuiomata residents Amanda and Darren Campbell put their hands up to care for the young staffies in October after a public appeal for a surrogate mother for the dogs.
Their dogs, Lucy and Rosie, took turns feeding the puppies until they were weaned at about five weeks.
Mrs Campbell said that it was nice to be able to help out a family in need. "We had the opportunity to do it, so why not?"
She would often lie with the puppies on the bathroom floor at night, watch them while they were fed and help to keep them clean.
- The Wellingtonian