Melissa Costello is a Transformational Eating Coach & Holistic Nutritionist at Karma Chow. What makes her a Rockstar Doggy Momma? The love and deep connection she has with her dog, Pumpkin! Here’s her amazing story!

melissa-costello-and-pumpkinTell us the story of how you became a doggy momma! Did something in your life happen that influenced you to get your doggy? I’ve had dogs my whole life and have always been a huge animal lover. Back in 2005 I lost two dogs within a year (both Doberman Pinschers) and I was devastated. I swore that I would never have another dog again, because the heartbreak was too much to bear. After living dog free for three years, I was getting the hankering again to have a fur-baby in my life. I had been staying with a friend in time of transition and she had a pit-bull, who I fell in love with. I hadn’t had much experience with pit-bulls, and always loved them, but Dobermans were my breed of choice. This pit-bull, Sadie, stole my heart and I felt ready to have a dog in my life again. There was a chance for me to keep her, but I didn’t have a solid living situation at the time, so it fell through for the better.

When I got settled into my own space, where I could have a dog (#1 requirement) I started to put feelers out there. I knew I wanted a pit-bull mix. I contacted a rescue in LA called Karma Rescue that specializes in Pit rescue, and my business is named Karma Chow, so I thought it was perfect. I looked on their site and saw a couple dogs I liked, and I asked if I could meet them. The couple of dogs I met didn’t feel aligned for one reason or another, so I went to one of their public adoptions at a local pet store in Santa Monica. I walked in and walked by 3 or 4 crates, and when I looked into this one crate, this sweet blonde brindle pup eating a bone looked up at me, and our eyes locked. I knew I needed to meet her. I asked the rescue founder if I could, but she said that this particular dog wouldn’t be a good match for me because I wanted a dog that could go to the dog park or live with other dogs, and this dog needed to be a sole owned dog. I didn’t care. I knew I needed to meet her. They brought her out into the parking lot and her foster mommy was there. I knew right away I wanted her when she climbed into her foster mommy’s lap and curled up with her. She was the sweetest thing and her name was Pumpkin. I took her home as a foster, and we all know how that story goes; I quickly became a foster failure and this sweet girl named Pumpkin was my new baby, and I officially adopted her on Halloween!

pumpkin-playingWhat is the #1 thing you love about being a doggy momma?
To be able to connect unconditionally to another being on this planet who accepts and loves me no matter what!

Let’s talk momma/doggy health! What do you do together to stay happy and healthy (how you de-stress together, exercise together, cook, etc.)
We hike, go on morning beach walks, cruise around town, play ball, lay on the floor and snuggle. Pumpkin sits by me when I do my morning meditation. She is my partner in crime. I am a vegan chef and the moment I take the cutting board out, pumpkin is there waiting for her raw veggpitbull-santa-barbara-beachies. She loves raw broccoli, cauliflower, yams, carrots, kale…but she hates bananas!

What are your favorite health and/or pet products that you cannot live without?

  • Sojo’s Raw food
  • Trader Joes Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Pet Rescue Balm
  • Cloud Star Buddy Wash – 2 in 1 Dog Wash
  • Anything from Natural Dog Company

What is the biggest gift you have experienced being a doggy momma?
The amount of love and healing my sweet girl provides is untouchable.

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