Likes: Learning new tricks, going to work with mom, Search and Rescue training
Favorite Toy: Her tug for SAR training
Favorite Food: Bil Jac frozen dog food, Solid Gold
Favorite Walk: Longhunter State Park
Best Tricks: Sit, down, wait, heel, stay, shake, high five, turn around, spin, where's your nose?, Are you sleepy?, dead dog, beg, speak, Put your toys away, getting mom a drink from a cooler
Arrival Story: Karma's Story
It was fate that saved Karma's little life that Saturday.
The rescuers, Wade and Rebecca, were on their way back from a trip to Atlanta. They stopped for gas in Manchester, Tn. If you are familiar at all with Manchester, you will know that it is nestled nicely in a spot in the Middle of No Where. Suddenly coming down with a bad case of nostalgia, Wade decides to drive Rebecca past the house that he grew up in. After the appropriate amount of oohs and aahs, Wade then decided, even though it was horribly out of the way, to show Rebecca the other house that he grew up in. It was precisely 20 miles out of the way. After the second house had been viewed, Wade thought it would be fun to take the back roads (they were all back roads at this point) to Wartrace and pick up the Interstate there.
This series of events was rather out of the ordinary for the couple as they usually had a place to be and got there.
While driving to Wartrace, the rescuers passed the road that was not meant to be passed. Rebecca saw it and remarked how it looked like an interesting road. Wade remarked that he had not been down that road in over 20 years. Soon the couple were turning the car around and heading down the road less traveled. It was a gravel road with trees pressing along the sides and branches arching over. There were deer grazing in overgrown fields and hawks on the rooftops of long-since abandoned houses. There was no sign of recent human presence. No houses. No cars. No farmers with tractors. Nothing.
Suddenly a small white creature came into view. It was running toward them down the road. "Don't hit that dog!" Rebecca exclaimed. It was Karma. Karma the little 4 pound puppy that had been abandoned to fend for herself out there in the Middle Of No Where. As Rebecca approached, Karma shrank back into the tall grass on the side of the road and whimpered. She the took a tentative step forward as if to say, "you are scary, but being out here alone is even scarier".
Rebecca scooped up the trembling puppy and got in the car. Karma fell instantly asleep; safe at last. She quivered and shook with unknown dreams.
The rescuers knew that a puppy of her age and size would never have made it through he night. She would have easily fallen prey to a hungry coyote or owl. That night she slept soundly between them with a full belly. A trip to the vet the next day reveled no hidden ailments other than some intestinal parasites. She was vaccinated, dewormed, and given a good scrubbing.
The rescuers put Karma up for adoption. It was only a matter of days, though, that they realized that there was no way of getting around it. Karma was meant to be. She is now an official member of the family!
Bio: Karma is now being trained to be a disaster search and rescue dog. When she is nationally certified and mission ready, we will travel to disaster sites like 9/11 and Katrina to help locate missing people buried in the rubble. Karma loves her training and is very, very smart.
Mom and Dad took me on a road trip to someplaced called Canducky. I don't know what Canducky is, but it was a long drive. I mostly slept on the back seat with my sister, Dixie. Dixie said it was Kentucky, but I think she is dumb.
When we got home, mom made some tasty treats from overcooked hotdogs. We worked on turning my tap-light on and shutting the door for a while. I am really good at putting my foot on the light but I am not quite heavy enough to turn it on all of the time. Sometimes I hit it just right, though.
I don't like shutting the door so much. We are working with the little door on the fish tank stand. When I push it, it closes loudly and kind of startles me.
Then mom taught me how to shake paws. That was really easy. I learned it quick. Then she tried to trick me by doing high five. That was super easy.
She better come up with something a little harder next time. I am determined to learn more stuff than Dixie.