Karen got her Diploma as Veterinary Technician in Belgium in May 2020. During her studies she learned a lot about dog behaviour and the medical side of the canine world. In 2017, she did an internship at CW Azores on Pico Island and volunteered with Dania and Jess at the dog shelter. In fact, she ended up adopting a Pico Dog herself; Karen fell in love with a puppy, who she later named Madi after Madalena, the main town of Pico Island. Karen and Madi flew back to Belgium where they are living together very happily now. Since then she keeps visiting the island and helps as much as she can from home.