Marley's Mutts & Pawsitive Change with Zach Skow

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In today’s episode of The Karen Kenney Show, I’m wicked excited to be having a deep-dive, down-to-earth, heart-to-heart conversation with one of my bona-fide heroes Zach Skow. Zach is the Executive Director & Founder of “Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue” a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, trains and re-homes death row dogs from Kern County’s high-kill animal shelters.

After a car accident, Zach struggled with alcoholism for years before he was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease in July 2008. He was given only 90-Days to live and needed to be sober for six months to qualify for a liver transplant - and during that time of sobriety, he said he felt scared, suicidal and struggled with self-love and acceptance.

But as Zach soon learned, "Dogs are Powerful Medicine" and during his transition period into sobriety, he established Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to help “the throwaways” dogs with special needs and histories of abuse and neglect who land in animal shelters.

Since then, Zach has 10 years of sobriety under his belt and as an organization Marley's Mutts has helped save & rescue over 5,000 dogs! 

He's also founded a program that I’m a huge believer in called "Pawsitive Change" that pairs death-row dogs with inmates in CA prisons - giving both humans & dogs a second chance at life and rehabilitation. 

This episode is super near & dear to my heart - and Zach is a true testament to what it means to transform “Your Story to Your Glory”! I hope you’ll take the time to check it out.

What you will learn on this episode:

  • Zach Skow’s Programs (2:04)

  • Zach’s Life Changing Story (5:32)

  • Making the Connection to a Traumatic Past (10:10)

  • Validating Myself (15:42)

  • External Vibe Needs to Match the Internal (20:34)

  • Rewarded for Our Brokenness (23:02)

  • Unfair to Define Someone By Their Worst Mistake (25:40)

  • Transactional Social Media Posts (28:35)

  • Transforming Your Story to Your Glory (31:45)

  • Suffering is a Fantastic Teacher (35:52)

  • Combatting the Forces of Darkness (41:46)

  • Approaching Life with Curiosity Instead of Judgement (46:21)


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Karen Kenney is a writer, speaker, and the founder of Fearless Flow Mentoring

She’s a certified Spiritual Mentor, has been a student & guide of A Course in Miracles for 26+ years and a longtime student of Passage Meditation. She’s also a Gateless Writing Teacher and has been a yoga teacher since 2001.

KK grew up in Lawrence & Boston, MA and is known for her storytelling, her sense of humor and her “down-to-earth” approach to spirituality. Her signature mentoring programs: Your Story to Your Glory™ & Fearless Flow™ help people let go of their old stories of suffering and victimization, so they can write a new kick-ass story from a place of inner power, forgiveness, freedom and Spirit.

A sought-after expert and Spiritual Thought Leader for Live Events, Podcasts, Coaching Programs and Shows, Karen speaks on stages across the country and leads Transformational Retreats in the New England area and at the Omega Institute in NY.

KK is the host of The Karen Kenney Show Podcast and is currently at work on her memoir.

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