Karen moved to Arizona in the fall of 2009 after living in New Hampshire for close to 30 years. While in New Hampshire she ran, along with her husband, a successful antique firearms business. After his death in 2008 she sold to business and began preparing for the move to Arizona.
She started volunteering for the rescue in 2015, by helping with set up of the ball. In January of 2017, Sharon approached her about helping with the intake of fosters for the rescue. She became Sharon’s “Basset Wife” and helped with transporting most of the dogs brought into the rescue in 2017. In that capacity she also was the first line of calls from the rescue vets and foster parents.
She helped coordinate the 2017 ball and will be coordinator for the 2018 ball as well.
At age 65, she is the mother of 2 adult boys, Larry and Josh, the mother in law to two amazing girls, Amanda and Leanne, and the grandmother to one precious granddaughter, Finley. Karen came to Arizona with 2 basset hounds of her own, Mickey and Minnie. Shortly after moving here she lost Mickey, but still had Minnie, who needed a companion. She rescued a hound, Roscoe, from Florida and still has both dogs. She also collects native American weavings and artifacts.