Making a Difference
DR Interviews Alexandra Castelanelli
Dogs in Review first heard about 13-year-old Alexandra Castelanelli when she made a cash donation of more than $200 to Concerned Dog Owners of California. Alexandra, who lives in Lodi, Calif., with her mom Debra, dad Larry and twin sister Darcie, will enter the eighth grade in the fall at Lodi Middle School, where she is already an honor student with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The intelligent, active teenager has been a 4-H member for four years, having completed 15 projects, 33 Community Service activities and 40 Leadership activities. Her fundraising work is particularly impressive, and we hope her story might inspire other young people to create similar projects of their own.
DR editor Christi McDonald asked Alexandra some questions about her background, her involvement in dogs, and her fundraising efforts.
CM: Tell us a little bit about your first involvement with animals, and specifically your first involvement with dogs.
AC: My first involvement with animals was as a baby. My mom has bred and shown Pembroke Welsh Corgis for over 20 years, so I’ve grown up with Corgis. I’ve always helped raise puppies, even when I was very young. I used to go with my mom to dog shows and watch. Even though we have a dairy, I don’t show cows.
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