Welcome to Om Shanti Pups, where we believe everyone can have happy and healthy dogs! I’m Natasha, a dog rescue advocate, yoga enthusiast, and essential oils lover. My passion for improving dog health and well-being began with Ginger, our first dog, and grew when we rescued Roxy & Rico from the streets of Puerto Rico.
Through my research, I discovered effective ways to help alleviate canine anxiety and improve the overall quality of life for dogs. With Om Shanti Pups, I aim to share my knowledge and offer resources for other dog parents to ensure their pups stay healthy and happy.
I’m also the founder of Active Dog Month in April, a month dedicated to encouraging dog owners to stay active and bond with their furry companions. Join us in this fun-filled month and discover the benefits of staying active with your dog.
To learn more about dog health, rescue advocacy, and other topics, check out our Start Here page. Thank you for visiting Om Shanti Pups!
Roxy is our first Puerto Rican sato (street rescue) and the first puppy I’ve ever had! She was abandoned in a box with 5 other puppies.
They were left in our Coast Guard housing complex in Puerto Rico in February 2014, and all 6 found homes that day and were called “the Coastie Pups”.
Rico became our second Puerto Rican sato shortly after Roxy was settled. We swore we were never getting another puppy as older dogs are so much easier and need love too.
Well, as soon as Roxy calmed down from the crazy puppy stage, she was visibly bored at home as Ginger refused to play with her, and daily dog park trips were just not enough for Roxy.
Around this same time, Dan’s boss mentioned his family had rescued a litter off the streets and was looking for foster homes. Dan asked if I wanted to foster, but I knew Roxy would thrive with a friend. I told Dan…and I quote… “if you mean foster for 198473 days, then YES!!” Sure enough, he became ours!
Ginger was Dan’s baby girl since she was 3 days old and rejected by her mom. I came into the picture when I started dating Dan when she was 7.5 years old.
She was NOT happy I was around, and made sure I knew it, but she quickly grew to love me as much as I instantly loved her.
Ginge was the best, easiest dog ever. She was always been super chill and content to sleep and eat all day long. Can’t blame her!
After 15 awesome years, we lost her in June 2017 and miss her every day.