“How have your dogs changed your life?” Waggleview with Christine Pakkala, children’s book author.

Please read the Waggleview below to find out about this remarkable woman leader and her dog.

Woof on!

The Dog Owner: Christine Pakkala, children’s book author of Last But Not Least Lola: Going Green and Jasmine and Maddie

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Dog(s) type and Name(s):Golden retrievers (sisters from two different litters) named Sugar and Maizy.


Q: Why did you choose these dogs?

Our neighbor passed away very suddenly. A local dog breeder gave our neighbor’s children a Golden Retriever puppy. I had been afraid of dogs for years, but when I went over to see the litter of puppies, I immediately fell in love. My husband agreed that we should get a puppy for our kids.

Q: Do you talk to your dogs? If so, what do you talk about? 

Sometimes! I explain that I have to run an errand and that I can’t take them for a walk just then, but I’ll be back soon. 

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Q: If they could talk to you, what would they say?

They would probably tell me that they’re hungry, thirsty, would love a belly rub or would love to go for a walk.

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Q: If your dogs had a job or career, what would they be doing?

Sugar would be the manager of a pet food store. She’d be sure to sample everything! Maizy would be a party motivator.

Q: What lesson in life have your dogs taught you?

To not be afraid to explore new paths.

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Q: How do your dogs inspire you? 

By being forgiving no matter what.

Q: Where is your dogs favorite place to go with you?

My dogs love going to the beach. They also love going for walks in the park, preferably off leash!

Q: Who or what do your dogs find the most interesting?

Sugar loves other dogs and Maizy loves compost piles. 

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Q: What is the most annoying thing other dog owners do?

Not restrain their dogs when they’re wildly barking.

Q: What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you?

It means providing my dogs with daily food, exercise, companionship and affection.

Q: Do you ever dress up your dogs? If so, as what?

Once we put a t-shirt on Sugar, and on several occasions we have put bandanas around their necks. But they don’t seem to like it, so we don’t do it often.

Q: How have your dogs changed your life?

In countless ways. For my kids, the dogs have been the source of comfort and unconditional love.

Q: Do your dogs have a philosophy of life?

Carpe diem!

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Q: I love my dog because they are sweet-natured and funny.

Q: Have you ever made dog treats for your dog? If so, please share your recipe. No, I haven’t!


WAGGLEVIEWS: These interviews are focused on woman leaders in business, the community, or at home. My hope in doing this is to present remarkable and respected women in their community with their beloved pets. Who can resist reading about dogs and what these women do? This is a platform for women to display their talents; their own business, a new book, a deeply loved passion for a charity or their own job. It also shows their love for their dog!

Thank you Christine  for taking the time to participate in the Waggleview.

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