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Influence Positively Questionnaire - Maggie Marton

Maggie and Emmett web Maggie Marton is a freelance writer, editor, and grammar junkie. She lives in Bloomington, IN with her husband and two darling dogs. Visit her online at or

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness to me is spending Saturday morning snuggled in bed with my husband, my dogs, big mugs of coffee, and the newspaper. Bonus points if it's raining or snowing. 

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be and why?

A dog with a good person. I'd love to spend my days eating, napping in the sun, playing, getting scratches, then eating and napping again!

If you could have one animal trait what would it be?

I'm so clumsy! I think I'd like to have the balance of a flamingo.

Your proudest achievement so far?

Walking my dog Lucas through any pet store, park, or other crowded place! Adopting a terrified, miserable, emotional wreck of a pup who resorted to aggression every time he feared something - which was actually everything - and helping him to become a friendly, outgoing, playful dog is absolutely my proudest achievement. It's been hard work every single day for the last three years, and we still have improvements to make, but seeing him play with other dogs makes me absolutely burst with pride.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Oprah (is that too obvious?), my dad because he is kind to absolutely everyone, and my husband for working as hard as he does to follow his dreams.

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