Waggleview® with Andrea Panullo, owner of bellaPelina
A waggleview® reveals the incredible bond between the human and animal connection. These special interviews remind us to mindfully live in the moment, as our pets do every single day. Read our featured waggleview® with Andrea Panullo, owner of bellaPerlina, to find out what lesson in life her dog has taught her and to find out her dog’s personal style and advice.
The Dog Owner: I’m Andrea Panullo and I own an “extraordinary” boutique, called bellaPerlina, in Madison, CT. For 14 years I have been designing beaded jewelry. Last March I turned 60. It was either my shop getting a face lift or me. I choose the shop! I brought in clothing and accessories and it has been a huge success! People love to come into my little cottage to see what I am creating and what new clothing and accessories I have. But many people come into the shop just to see my dog, BellaPerlina! Bella was named after my store and has been working with me for 8 years!. Bella is well known in our little town, everyone loves BellaPerlina! I have old men, children, teenagers, young men and ofcourse women come into the store just to give Bella a pat. Bella returns their kind gestures with a wag and a kiss!
Dog type and Name: bellaPerlina – Multigenerational Australian miniature labradoodle
Q: Why did you choose this dog?
I was wondering around the center of Burlington, VT when I saw these two regal looking dogs with their owner. One was chocolate and one was blonde. They were so well behaved and the perfect size for my shop. I had recently lost my chocolate lab and was ready to get a new dog. But I knew it had to be a smaller dog, yet I wasn’t ready for a tiny dog. These pups were the perfect size and just adorable! I had never seen a labradoodle, not to mention a miniature Australian labradoodle. I instantly feel in love!
Q: Do you talk to your dog? If so, what do you talk about?
I talk to my dog all day long! And most of the time she responds to my remarks or questions! She knows when I am waiting for someone special, she knows if I am not feeling good and she always senses when I am ready to take her for a walk!
Q: If she could talk to you, what would she say?
You need to play with me more, give me more treats and “chill”!
Q: What is Bella’s personal style? Does she have a favorite go to accessory? If she could speak to your customers, what fashion advice would she like to share with them?
Bella definitely has a style. She likes things that are soft and cozy. Scarves, soft dresses and sweaters are her favorites!
Here favorite “go to” accessory has to be a scarf! The softer and colorful the better!
If she could speak to customers it would be “go ahead and pet me, but give me a treat too!” She would also say that being honest is the best way to keep your customers happy. “Listen to Andrea! If it look goods, she means it!”
Q: If your dog had a job or career, what would she be doing?
Just what she is doing. Greeting people at bellaPerlina! Being the perfect shop dog!
Q: What lesson in life has your dog taught you?
Bella has taught me to try to love unconditionally.
Q: How does your dog inspire you?
She inspires me to really appreciate life! She inspires me on our walks to look around, see the beauty and be thankful.
Q: Where is your dog’s favorite place to go with you?
The beach and to work at BellaPerlina.
Q: Who or what does your dog find the most interesting?
Q: What is the most annoying thing other dog owners do?
Say they are trained when they are not!
Q: What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you?
A responsible dog owner takes care of their pup. That means they play, discipline, exercise and love their dog.
Q: Do you ever dress up your dog? If so, as what?
LOL! I own a boutique! Bella has a collar or bandana for every holiday or occasion! Sometimes I photograph her with a new scarf or a piece of jewelry from the store!
Q: How has your dog changed your life?
Yes, with unconditional love. She always wants to be with me and I always want to be with her. When I am away from her my heart hurts. There is a special love between an owner and their dog.
Q: Does your dog have a philosophy of life?
Sleep, eat, play and kiss. Not necessarily in that order.
Q: I love my dog because she never judges and always loves me.
Q: Have you ever made dog treats for your dog? If so, please share your recipe.
I have never made dog treats, but my friend does and brings them to Bella.
WAGGLEVIEW®: These interviews are focused on leaders in business, the community, or at home. My hope in doing this is to present remarkable and respected people in their community with their beloved pets. Who can resist reading about pets and what these people do? This is a platform for people 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 pet!
Thank you Andrea for taking the time to participate in the Waggleview®.
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