The Western Herald sat down with Penny Strehl, this year’s Western Herald Dog-in-Chief. We wanted to find out the scoop on her term in such a prestigious position at WMU. Strehl fills us in on her life during the past 365 days as Chief.
Q. How have you liked being Dog-in-Chief?
A. I really enjoyed my year as Dog-in-Chief. I had a great time sniffing out stories and helping the Western Herald team put together a PAWsome paper. There wasn’t a day where I wasn’t working diligently to get the job done.
Q. What is your favorite memory of this year?
A.This actually happened the other day. I was just chillin’ in the Herald office, minding my own business and eating some tasty kibble. Out of nowhere that guy Charles Porter comes walking in, like he owns the place, with a big box of pizza. I got all excited-like, my tail started waggin’ and when he wasn’t looking I went in for a taste. It was the best day of my life.
Q. Who do you look up to the most and why?
A. My awesome mother Nora Strehl. She is so beautiful, smart and modest. When I grow up, even though I’m technically 35 years old in dog years, I want to be just like her. I hope she knows how cool she is.
Q. Were there any obstacles during your reign?
A. Jason Koole. My archenemy. He and his ankles are always getting in my way. I know he does it on purpose, just to grind my gears. Like yesterday, when I was just hanging out on my favorite couch in the newsroom. He just comes on over and tries to scratch my back like I want him to. NOT! So I barked really loud and he ran away like a little girl.
Q. Has your position been filled for the upoming year?
A. Word on the street is that Erin Gignac gal is getting a cat. I think it would be rather peculiar to have a Cat-in-Chief, but we’ll see how that goes. I guess. I really dislike felines.
Q. What will you do next?
A. I hope to follow the old dusty trail and become a prospector. There’s gold in them there hills. If that doesn’t pan out, I want to become an international reporter. Right next to Christiane Amanpour. After all, I do have a nose for news.