Divorce and a Dog….


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!


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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Pup Pops!

the weather is heating up here in Australia, so mum got me a new water toy (yippee!) a new treat toy (yay!) AND she made me some super yummy pup pop ice blocks for those hot days! i LOVE licking them and it cools me off too! she put in my favourites – a little peanut butter, strawberries and blueberries! she said it was good enough for her to eat herself so she better add a couple little puppy snacks so she resists the temptation! into the freezer they go! AH ROO ROO ROO!




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it’s kinda spooky how much i love this pup!


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Hitting the campaign tail!!!

Karma here! Well, mum says i can’t run cause actually i’m Australian…. BUT i happen to have lots of American Staffy in me! So from my understanding i think it makes me a better candidate than those other two options! i have lots of good platforms! DIVERSITY!  FORGIVENESS! STOP ABUSE! ADOPT DON’T SHOP! BLACK LIVES MATTER! LOVE EVERYONE! I’ve never held political office…. AND i’d be the first female POTUS (Pup of the United States)…. please consider me as a third party puppy! love, x Karma


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SUNDAY FUNDAY!!!! (rescue anniversary)

OMGOSH! my mum surprised me with the most fun day i’ve ever had!!!  i don’t know what i did to deserve it cause i don’t think it’s my birthday but i just had the best time!!!


i was actually a little bit overwhelmed when mum let me into the back yard and i found a hundred balls magically appeared! it was a little scary at first cause i don’t like change much, but after i realized i could bite them and mum got down on the ground with me i relaxed and decided to try n bite them all!!!!

i thought that was just the coolest!!!!


AND THEN… mum said we were going to go for a bye bye ride in the car! and we went to the beach!!! the beach is my favourite place cause i get to run free and dig dig dig AND chase that squeaky green ball that is always going in the big water! i do NOT like the big water – it is loud and tastes bad and tries to eat my ball!!! but i’m a clever girl and i can always get my ball with out ever getting the nasty tasting water on my paws!


such a dog dreamy day!



SO happy and so tired…. i hope i get lots more special days like this! thanks to everyone for sharing in my adventures! life is good x

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(a post by Karma’s mum)

October 9th marks two years to the day since my amazing baby was rescued from such cruelty and abuse that it’s difficult for me to imagine. Today she is the happiest and most spoiled pup you can imagine.  I thought I might share a little #TBT (Australian time) in advance and show her progress via a few moments captured on video.

Click on the link below to check out the original video posted by GDP just five days after my baby was saved:

Karma’s Rescue Video from Gosford Dog Paws

When she first came home with me she had been in care and recovery with GDP for nearly four months yet she still wasn’t able to climb a stair or step up at all, and I had to help her up the small incline in the back yard.  But then after only two months…. stairs! Success!!! This is still one of my favourite Karma videos and makes me cry with such pride.

Now she is SO full of happiness and rambunctious energy that it’s hard to contain her!

SO proud of her and her determination and ability to forgive and love!!!

Look at that (nearly) straight line walking! Ahhhh my amazing kid!

I had some help putting together a little story about Karma’s life from her dear rescuer Elise. It’s a bit of a long read, but thanks to Elise I think it’s quite moving and lovely.

Well, what can we say about the strongest most beautiful girl ever?

Karma has been through hell and back. She came into our lives a broken little soul, unable to move and unable to hold her head up. She was weak and she was sad.
Unfortunately we cannot go into too much detail regarding what had happened to her, but she was kept on a heavy chain from the start of her life and she is permanently disabled.
The only way I can really describe Karma is that her condition is extremely similar to that of a child with cerebral palsy. Some vets think that it could be cerebellar hypoplasia or it could be the injury to her spine that was detected from x-rays. When she was first rescued she was so emaciated and so weak that she couldn’t lift her own head. After days of feeding her and building her strength she was able to move. Once she started doing this we could see her condition. She couldn’t walk in a straight line, her legs would move in the opposite direction then where she wanted to go and they would often move too quickly for her liking. She was unstable, but she was trying. She needed to build her muscles to help her gain strength which ultimately helped her with walking.

Karma is also incontinent, with no bladder or bowel control, perhaps from her spinal injury. If she only gets fed her good quality dry food at set times then the poo issue is fairly manageable.  Karma wears nappies inside when necessary that are super cute!

Karma also suffers from severe nightmares almost like seizures. She can kick very hard while she sleeps – she actually kicked out several wooden panels in her first kennel. She does sometimes growl or whine in her sleep but mostly it is (nightly) kicking and running dreams. Nothing seems to wake her from these horrible things, no matter how hard you shake her, it’s like she is trapped in the nightmare and can’t escape. She’s been on clomav (doggy prozac) for about a year now and it does seem to lessen them.

Karma has barely any teeth, she has had most of them removed and others have been worn down to the gum, most likely from chewing on the chain that held her captive. She’ll require much more dental surgery but she still scarfs down her food without issue!

An ultrasound has recently revealed some internal organ damage due to the extreme malnutrition she suffered as a pup. Her liver, kidney etc don’t quite function normally and thus she may have a shortened life span. This was difficult news to take.

However, today Karma is as strong as ever, with good nutrition, muscle strength, everything she needs to help her live as normal as possible. We couldn’t be happier with where her life is at right now and she is so very loved.

She is just the sweetest girl, and everyone who meets her falls in love with her and her happy charm. She LOVES people, which is amazing considering what she has been through.

She has grown so much, she is such a good brave happy girl.

This is my child. This is the love of my life and my soul mate. I am such a better person for Karma being in my life and teaching me such strong lessons in love, forgiveness and patience.  Thank you to everyone who loves Karma too and has been on this journey with me.

We do have an Instagram account with even MORE Karma pix – you can find us at steph_n_karma   —  AND THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! xoxo


ps Karma will be updating everyone on all her anniversary festivities over the weekend.  I think it’s fair to assume there will ridiculous amounts of pup spoiling going on!  As if we need an excuse! xx


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it’s SPRING!

Karma here! gosh it’s been awhile since my mum has been on here. She went thru some ruff times but I’ve been keeping her spirits up by improving EVERY DAY and giving her lots of staffy kisses!

Spring is in the air and I’ve been busy playing in all the beautiful flowers (ok, maybe waiting for treats in the flowers….)


Mum took me to the beach and I know I’ve been a bit insecure and needy lately, but she made a vow to me that no matter what she would never ever let me go. I’m her special girl and she’ll always take care of me and will love me forever.


Sorry we’ve been absent for so long. Mum’s put me in charge and OH YEAH! I’M IN CHARGE!!! AH ROO ROO ROOO!!!!!!


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