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'Gia' From Karma Rescue Finds A New Home In Wake Of Boston Tragedy

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Only 1 week after appearing on Good Day LA, we are happy to announce that Gia has been adopted!  Gia made her TV debut on Good Day LA on April 30th.  Gia's story was a sad one....her was killed fighting for our country, leaving Gia without a dad or a home.

After appearing on Good Day LA, calls came pouring in for Gia but none as touching as the one from her new mom.  We asked Maria, Gia's new mom, to write us and tell us her story so that we could share it with you.  You can see that Gia and Maria were meant to be together.  Thank you Good Day LA for having Gia on your show and thank you Maria for giving our little girl a forever home.

Hi Karma Rescue

It's Maria, Gia's adoptive mom.  I am a personal trainer, running coach and masters runner. I work at the Equinox in Beverly Hills in addition to coaching runners one on one.  I also run with The SANTA MONICA TRACK CLUB, an Olympic development team comprised of both professional and amateur athletes.  I am 48 and still compete as a masters runner  in the.5 k - marathon. I also happen to love animals . I studied pre vet and biology at University of California at Davis. And was on track to attend vet school, however I lost my eldest brother in 1998 and suffering from depression took a job working with horses and rescued my first dog. She was a red nose pit and like Gia had huge ears. I quickly learned that helping others is the best way to help yourself.  That and running are the best mood enhancers.

This April 2013 I ran the Boston Marathon finishing much slower than I had planned. Suffering a hamstring pull 2 months before, I lost 6 weeks of crucial training. However I did finish 10 minutes before the first bomb blast occurred. I was 1 block away and although I was clear of the carnage I still felt the impact of the tragedy. The fear in everyone around me was palpable. With friends still on the course and not knowing what was going to happen next. In the following weeks I felt a sense of guilt at having not been hurt and also feeling out of control. It makes you rethink your own life and how you are making a difference.  Dogs to me are no different then people. In saving Gia I'm saving a life. ~ Maria

Jasmine Rassekh
Karma Rescue

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