Hi New Friends!!!!

If you’re a new friend please check out the menu above to read my Rescue Anniversary (good summary of everything ME!) and “Karma – her story” that my mum wrote. ❤ Karma

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Find LOTS more of me on Instagram @embracingkarma  xo

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Time to GIVE back!

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So this post has been a LONG time in the making… I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head for awhile… HOW can I give back? What can I do to help the rescue cause?? Karma has been the inspiration for SO much these past two years, and I knew I just needed to do SOMETHING.

I’m starting a “Recycled Clothes for Rescue Dogs” program! Similar to the Salvation Army shops, I’ll take old bandanas, dog shirts, and costumes (yay for the unicorns and teddy bear ears!) and then donate them to dress up rescues for photographs so it makes them more appealing for adoption! I’m happy to either just donate some items as LONG as they are utilized in future pet rescue photos OR what I’d really like to do personally is use the props (unicorn/hats, dog bowties etc) and if the shelter allows I am willing to donate time to dress up and photograph! Dressed up dog pix have been successful previously in drawing in extra attention, but they DO take patience and time as these are rescue dogs – often timid or scared. But the photos of them with a goofy little hat or flower headband could make all the difference in getting their future mum or dad into the car and to the shelter to meet and fall in love with them!!! I’ve already been talking to two rescues that are keen on the idea!!

Shelters around the world are overflowing with millions of dogs… and because of the insanity that is BSL (breed specific legislation) and the media’s demonization of all the pit bull breeds they are often the ones filling the cages. So what if we could do something that would help break down the stereotype as well and encourage more people to give them a chance as a new family member?? My idea is NOT polarized to just the pit bull / staffy breeds – ALL rescue dogs should be included, but Karma and these beautiful happy dogs that are so often misunderstood are the ones that were the inspiration.

EmbracingKarma is your chance to give back. And it doesn’t cost a thing other than perhaps a little postage! If you are interested in donating items please DM me on Instagram @embracingkarma or you can email us at embracingkarma@outlook.com and we can discuss drop off or posting options!

I’ll personally be donating several things just from Karma’s closet but would be great to build it up for more variety,  more shelters, and also have some boy specific items as well 🙂

My hope is to do our first photo shoot in the next month or two and I am HOPING that our first two models will be Karma’s brothers – the gorgeous Dawson & Domino currently being cared for at Staffy Rescue ( http://www.staffyrescue.org.au/ ). They have been in rescue for TWO YEARS and we desperately want to find them the wonderful and loving homes that they so deserve.

Obviously this is for Australian dogs but we also would highly encourage anyone in other countries to consider donating your old pup items to your local rescue as well. They are almost always in need of dog jackets, beds, blankets and of course toys and clothes.

Wrap up notes:

I must give a shout out to the gorgeous Malibu and her amazing mom (Instagram @malibusmama and on https://dogly.com/malibusmama !) who inspired me so much with her stories of having Malibu wear pretty bandanas to break down pit bull stereotypes when they went out for walks! Thank you! ❤

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We were recently gifted this AMAAAAZING tote and bandana which was made especially for my very special little girl. Simply as a gift from the very generous ladies at Molly & Lola Co because they read Karma’s story. I’m OBSESSED with the print and the day I received these I broke down crying and I knew it was a sign I needed to push myself to put my little plan into action. PLEASE go visit these ladies at https://www.facebook.com/mollyandlolaco/ and check out their wonderful creations! ❤

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Banana & Blueberry Pupscotti

Biscotti for Dogs!

I just made this new treat for Karma’s Easter day surprise and they turned out fantastic! She can’t get enough of them!

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Ingredients

  • 2 extra ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 14 cup honey
  • 14 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  •  1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 4 cups rice flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F) . In a large bowl, whisk together banana, blueberries, honey, water, oil, and egg.
  2. In a separate bowl mix flour, coconut, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda, mix and then add to your wet mixture.
  3. In the bowl and using hands, knead until dough holds together.
  4. Transfer to lightly floured baking sheet. Divide dough into two pieces.
  5. Shape each piece into a log. Flatten the logs to about 4 inches wide. With a fork, poke holes into the surface of the logs. Dough should be ~4 inches apart on baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until firm.
  7. Place pan on a rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 150°C (300)°F
  8. With a sharp knife, cut each log crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  9. Place, cut side down, about 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes longer, or until completely hard.
  10. Transfer cookies to a rack and let cool completely. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 30 days.

** Baking times will vary based on oven temperatures.

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If you try out this recipe we would love to here your thoughts and if your dogs loved it!

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Happy Gotcha Day Karma!!!

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Two years ago I brought this beautiful girl home for the very first time …. for a “trial” – hahahahahahaha!!!! As if I would ever be able to let this girl go and not do EVERYTHING in my power to make it work. I didn’t sign her “official” adoption papers until mid-April, but who are we kidding? February 28 2015 was the day our hearts became one. (I know this sounds a bit cheesy, but anyone who has ever loved a dog deeply understands what I mean and that this is true.)

My how far this little one has come in two years. I remember the first day I met her, she was stumbling around, not able to walk more than a few feet without falling into a tree…. or a parked car… or just… falling. She was also very meek and afraid of so much – every noise in the house for the first few weeks would send her into hysterical panic barking. I remember taking about five minutes to close the upstairs sliding glass door at night because I needed to do it with out making the slightest noise or she would wake up and howl in fear. She had obsessive chewing behavior when she was scared and although she really has few stumps of teeth left at all, she would chew anything she could find obsessively until she was in a trance and frothing at the mouth. All I could think about was what horrors she had been through and I wanted nothing more than to make her world the happiest, safest, most loved place to be. Two years on and her happy smile and continuing improvements just fill me with joy.

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My baby girl is three. Probably a bit over three, but I consider the day she started her new life with me to be her birthday. So many people say that staffies start to “calm down” at three – haha! No sign of that yet!!! I don’t really want my perma-puppy to ever calm down because her excitement and joy are so contagious. No one believes she is three when I meet them out on walks. I know she has the “ungainly puppy wonky walk” because of her disability, but I actually have had people tell me “I think you’re wrong on her age….” who have just met her…. um, yeah, ok, you’re right, how could I possibly not realize I own an immortal permanent puppy that is surely not even a year old yet! OH how I wish she were immortal… how I wish I could have this gorgeous little girl with me forever…

Happy Gotcha Day my beautiful one. You are SO VERY LOVED.

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Karma’s Gotcha Day Ice Cake :)

So mum is a self professed Crazy Dog Mum so she was pretty excited about making me my very own Pup Cake out of ice (since it’s the last week of summer here in Australia!) for my Gotcha Day / Birthday tomorrow!!  Inspired by several other awesome blogs including one from another dog mum who’s puppy is also named Karma!!

( http://hotandcoldrunningmom.blogspot.com.au )

Mum says her first attempt probably didn’t turn out quite as pretty as she wanted it to, but it was YUMMY and ice cold so that’s all that really mattered to me! She looks forward to MANY more attempts over the years 🙂

Here’s a little insight into the making of my ice block cake!!! ❤ Karma

First mum got lots of my favourite healthy snacks – apples, carrots and sweet potato!

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Using a small heart cookie cutter she made me lotsa heart shaped love snacks with the apples n yams…. then she made beautiful little flowers out of carrots! NOM NOM!

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She used a measuring container to make my cake – just filling it with the smallest bit of water and adding the first layer and letting it freeze for a couple hours!

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Full disclosure – mum tried cooking beets for the first time ever cause she wanted to use the beetroot juice to color my hearts…. it was a great idea in concept, but it didn’t quite color as much as she would have liked, and then just made the ice cake pink…. I liked that but mum wasn’t as impressed…

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Mum attached the carrot flowers to the sides using all natural peanut butter (yay!) and even put in some doggy bones! Another layer of water and in the freezer it went!

The final bottom layer is just too delicious (and the one I was the most keen to sink my pup teeth into!) It was natural oats mixed with mashed up banana, puree apple, peanut butter AND natural yogurt! Back in the freezer for the final time…. Can you say OH MY DOG?!?!?

Mum will post pix of me with my yummy cake (and an obscene amount of gotcha day / birthday pix of me of course!) tomorrow!!! YIPPEE!!!!

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Beach Day!

~Mum and I love going to the beach early in the morning when there is no one else there. It’s so peaceful and I can play in the waves and not worry about any other pups running up and knocking me off my feet. My mum gets me to run up and down the beach till I’m all tuckered out (I think SHE might be the one tuckered out!) and then we just hang out and look for dolphins. Sometimes I get bored though cause dolphins aren’t my thing, so I just play with my ball on my own. It’s really our perfect day and makes me feel so lucky to be alive!

❤ Karma

Playing on the beach!

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#TBT

Throwback Thursday to when mum tried to dress me up all fairy princess girlie!!! (grrrrumble grumble….)

I don’t know when she’s gonna realize what I really wanna do is play in mudpuddles and roll around in dead animals??? Probably eat some possum poo if it’s available???

The things we do to please our pawrents!!!!

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Divorce and a Dog….

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It’s been over a year now since my husband and I separated, and I still haven’t “announced it” on social media like facebook or anything until today right here. It was just simply too sad I would sit and cry at the keyboard and dread dealing with the response from everyone we knew. My good friends and family know, of course. I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a very long time because we hadn’t even had Karma a year when it happened, and at the time I had so many questions about what other people had done in similar situations. I feel quite steadfast that my little pup is MY baby, my best friend. My soul mate. I had found her, fallen in love with her, I felt that it was me that had “saved” her.  However her fur dad had also really grown to love her and couldn’t imagine life without her and of course she is crazy about him. I respected that and wanted to do what was best for her too.

Our two cats were easier…  as much as I love them and it broke my heart, it was decided that as I was moving out, they would stay with their fur dad in their home. They are so much more sensitive to moves, and we had already dragged them across the globe from America to Australia… I didn’t want them to have any negative health effects due to another relocation and their fur dad loves them and cares for them so much.

I have been incredibly lucky to rent a house that has a fantastic yard for Karma and although she was very anxious and unhappy the first month or so when she came to visit, now she shows just the same excitement towards my place as she does towards her original “forever home”.  That first month was tough… I kept second guessing myself. She is already a special needs girl and she was very unhappy in a new and strange place. She cried all night and had lots of potty accidents. But yes, she has adapted and now she loves it! I think she also loves that both her parents put even more effort into ensuring she’s happy and spoiled, which means lots of trips to the beach and a ridiculous amount of new toys!

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SO – after a few discussions we settled on a rather easy co-custody agreement. I take Karma four days a week (Tue – Saturday morning) and he has her three days (Saturday thru Tue morning).  If either of us wants to take a holiday, it’s also great to know that with her special needs / incontinence there is someone out there that knows exactly how to care for her and love her just right, so we just give each other plenty of heads up and also request any extra days or changes. Just like someone would with a human child 🙂

I’m not sure if this arrangement will stay the same, but for the past eight months or so it has been working rather well.

This has definitely been an extremely challenging time  and of course my blog writing has not been a priority, but I can tell you that our special little Karma is doing better than ever despite a short adjustment period. I can also tell you that sometimes in my darkest hours, the only thing that got me through was this amazing little ball of energy, happiness and love that we named Karma. If anyone else has had a similar experience of separation / divorce and determining what to do with your beloved furbaby I’d love to hear about it and how you handled it in the comments.

Thanks to all of you who love Karma and continue to want to hear about her – it means a lot!

 

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Merry Christmas Everyone! 

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SantaPaws little Helper

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