Dog Rescue Stories: Karma’s Mom Has Fallen in Love with Pit Bull Type Dogs

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor 

It’s very difficult for me to write about or even think about the first year of Karma’s life. I know it must have been hell for her. She was terribly abused, was extremely malnourished, her teeth were all broken and rotten and she had a fractured spine. She has difficulty walking and is both bowel and urinary incontinent, which the vets thought may be a result of her spinal injury. Her rescuer, Elise from Gosford Dog Paws said “she came from a horrid situation of being chained up and was emaciated her whole life.”  The vets have done x rays, and DNA tests etc, and the vets have concluded that her condition will never change. Although the vets she had seen couldn’t say for certain why she had such difficulty walking, they also speculated it could be cerebellar hypoplasia, which can be caused by extreme malnutrition. Or it could simply be a brain injury sustained at birth or from her abuser. Elise said “It is kind of like cerebral palsy in a dog. But, she has improved so much, when we first got her in she couldn’t stand or even lift her head. We have done all the tests necessary for her and this hasn’t affected the way of her being able to lead a normal, happy and pain free life.”

And OH how happy she is! She greets everyone she meets with such joy! It is simply amazing that she has found room in her heart to forgive the human race for what has happened to her. Her walking has improved SO MUCH in the nearly three years since her rescue. She still grows stronger and stronger and is such an inspiration for her “never give up” attitude. I have never had a Staffy / Pitty before and wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest. Now, I can’t ever imagine having any other type of dog. Her personality is pure love and exuberance. She is a snuggle bunny and insists (yup, insists) that she sleep either on me or touching me in some way. She is obsessed with children and will play with them until she collapses. She has an unstoppable licker. If you don’t like dog kisses, stay away from a staffy! She’s cheeky and so energetic and playful – at nearly four years old people she first meets always think she is still a puppy! (though her weeble wobble walk may have something to do with this J ) I am such a better person for Karma being in my life and teaching me such strong lessons in love, determination, forgiveness and patience.

My life has been filled with so much love since bringing Karma home that I was inspired to do whatever I could to help other rescue dogs (especially the Pit Bull type dogs that I have fallen in love with) that I desperately wanted to do something to make a difference. I came up with an idea for a “Recycled Clothes for Rescue Dogs” program early this year that I call Embracing Karma. I take donated pre-loved bandanas, clothes, and costumes and give them to shelters for use when photographing dogs for adoption (like in the photos below). Every single additional like or share on social media of a shelter dog is just one more chance it has to find it’s forever home. As the pounds are saturated over here in Australia, the staffy breeds are often the first to be placed on a kill list, and anything I can do to save even one single life will be worth the effort. Since I started our Embracing Karma project, we’ve donated to numerous pounds, shelters and rescue organizations, as well as donating over thirty dog jackets and blankets to the homeless this last winter. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have donated to us, and never could have imagined how many have “embraced” my idea and helped our cause and I am so extremely thankful.” – Karma’s forever mom, Steph

Follow beautiful and brave Karma on Instagram @embracingkarma, and learn more about the Embracing Karma Project on her website http://embracingkarma.com

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Mum n me had to take a break from packing to show you da awesome stuff dat came in da mail!!!📬📮 First, we got TWENTY perfect and pawsome bandanas for our Embracing Karma project from @fundog_bandanas thanks to an amazing donation from my sissy n bro Shelley n George @kenyonphyllis 💕🙌❤😍 and can’t wait to take them in two weeks to da big adoption event wiff @dog_rescue_newcastle 🐶🐶🐶 YASSS!!! 🙌🙌🙌 and THEN (swipe to see!!!) da postman gives me two postcards from furiends! 💕 @hallietherescue (we can’t WAIT till you come play wiff me on da beach dis summer Hallie!! 🌊🌞) and @farmdogtobeachdog Harley n Rusty – dey live on AN ISLAND!!! 💙 like how cool is dat?!? 😀 fank you so much for all da loves too❤😍😘💜💕💕💕

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How come in da magazines da models lick their lips n dey is all sexy sexy🔥but when i does it, it somehow jus not da same? 😮 Hope you all having da best weekend everypawdy! 😋👋🐕🇦🇺 #sexyandiknowit #nailedit #modelmaterialrighthere #beachbabe #saltlife #dogue #livesalty 🔥🐾 🔥🐾 🔥🐾 Special happiest birthday to my piggy furiend the adorable @troybaikman16 Hope you had the best day sweetheart!!! 🎊🎉🎈🎁🎶🐾😘 ❤❤❤❤ have you met my model furiends??? @mollyandlolaco 🐶🐶 @crazydoglady74 😘💃🐕🐕🐕 @komet_the_dane @adventures_of_flow 🐞🐝🌺💮 @mr.shadow_pitweiler 😘 @rubieslife 💞💎 @brandy_says_woof 💛 @kae_deac 😘owns my puppy heart💓 @skatergirldog 💕my bestie! @clusietoos 💜 @floribellabella 🌼 @porscha_theblueberrystaffy 💞 @grakkidakki💛💚 . . . #embracingkarma #blackdogsrock #blackdogsofig #disableddog #rescue #pitbullsofig #dontbullymybreed #pitbulladvocate #endbsl #staffordshirebullterrier_feature #adoptdontshop #spreadtherumer #pitbulls #dogs #dog #dogsofinstagram #dontbullymybreed #instapit #instagrampitbulls #bslsucks #endBSL #wlnf #lovernotafighter

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Steph here! Just a little post for all of you who have been following us for awhile… this month marks two and a half years since I first met and fell in love with my baby girl. I wish I had more video of her from the beginning, but to be honest, it was a bit overwhelming. We were so proud of her if she could make it 50 yards. She would try and run and play (because she was finally free to be a puppy at last!!) and she would run quite violently into trees, parked cars, fences… and oh my the falls and tumbles this girl had. She still does but back then I just wanted to wrap her in bubble wrap all the time. She also suffered from severe anxiety…. she would shake and twitch and cower from noises she didn’t understand. She destroyed EVERYTHING her already broken nubs of teeth could touch. She ripped all the carpet off the stairs in the house (ooops!) and over twenty beds, bowls, every tree in the yard… and to top it off, she was bowel and urinary incontinent from the spinal damage from her abuser. I cried. A LOT. She was at the vet every few weeks for tummy issues, tooth removal, infections in her foot pads, ear infections… we had her on very expensive anti-anxiety meds among other things…. we went thru some very tough times that you can read about on her blog… but through it all, she had a light in her eyes. She improved little by little, day by day, week by week… and though she still has issues, still has bad days, when I see her playing on the beach, running towards me with happiness and love in her eyes, I can’t express how proud I am of her. She’s my little super hero. She never ever ever gives up. She’s my everything. ❤Steph . . . . . #disableddog #embracingkarma #blackdogsrock #blackdogsofig #rescue #pitbulllife #pitbullsofig #dontbullymybreed #staffy #pitbulladvocate #endbsl #staffordshirebullterrier_feature #adoptdontshop #spreadtherumer #pets #pet #pitbulls #dogs #dog #dogsofinstagram #dontbullymybreed #instapit #instagrampitbulls #bslsucks #endBSL #wlnf #lovernotafighter

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happy TOT everypawdy! 😋 sending lots of love and positive karma around da globe! 💓🌍💓🌎💓🌏 . . . . 🐾😘 ❤❤❤❤ have you met my lovely furiends??? @xenakoira 🐾💜 @mollyandlolaco 🐶🐶 @crazydoglady74 😘💃🐕🐕🐕 @komet_the_dane @adventures_of_flow 🐞🐝🌺💮 @mr.shadow_pitweiler 😘 @rubieslife 💞💎 @brandy_says_woof 💛 @kae_deac 😘owns my puppy heart💓 @skatergirldog 💕my bestie! @clusietoos 💜 @floribellabella 🌼 @porscha_theblueberrystaffy 💞 @grakkidakki💛💚 . . . #embracingkarma #blackdogsrock #blackdogsofig #disableddog #rescue #pitbullsofig #dontbullymybreed #pitbulladvocate #endbsl #staffordshirebullterrier_feature #adoptdontshop #spreadtherumer #pitbulls #dogs #dog #dogsofinstagram #dontbullymybreed #instapit #instagrampitbulls #bslsucks #endBSL #wlnf #lovernotafighter #tot

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🎶”Mind on a permanent vacation. The ocean 🌊 is my only medication. Wishin’ my condition ain’t ever gonna go away.”🎵 Happy FriYay darling furiends! 💙 Dis where my head gonna be, i digging my tunnel so i can go visit all my besties around da world! 🙌🌍🌎🌏 . . . Have you met my cutie pie friends??? @kenyonphyllis 💜🐶🐶@henny_pup14 🎀 @xenakoira 🐾💜 @mollyandlolaco 🐶🐶 @crazydoglady74 😘💃🐕🐕🐕 @komet_the_dane @adventures_of_flow 🐞🐝🌺💮 @mr.shadow_pitweiler 😘@rubieslife 💞💎@brandy_says_woof 💛 @kae_deac 😘owns my puppy heart💓 @skatergirldog 💕da bestie! @clusietoos 💜 @floribellabella 🌼 @porscha_theblueberrystaffy 💞 @grakkidakki💛💚 . . #headinthesand #endabuse #beachdog #saltlife #embracingkarma #blackdogsrock #disableddog #rescue #dontbullymybreed #staffy #endbsl #staffordshirebullterrier_feature #adoptdontshop #spreadtherumer #pitbulls #crazydogmom #dogsofinstagram #dontbullymybreed #instapit #bslsucks #zbb

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.