Karen studied and worked as a veterinary technician in Belgium and Holland for 7 years. During this period she learned a lot about medicine, health and animal behaviour. She did an internship with CW Azores on Pico Island and volunteered with Dania at the dog shelter. In fact, she ended up adopting a Pico Dog herself who she named Madi after Madalena, the main town of Pico Island. Karen and Madi flew back to Holland where they are living together very happily. Since then Karen keeps visiting the island and helps as much as she can from home.