My Life, My Words: Imelda Hernandez — Facing new challenges

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Imelda Hernandez, 18, runs the Rally-O course with her dog, Milo, on Sunday afternoon during the Moffat County Fair. Hernandez, an incoming senior at Moffat County High School, said she would eventually like to be a police officer who works with animals.

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Incoming senior at Moffat County High School

“I like it here, because you get to know everyone. You know where to hang out, and you get to do it with awesome people.

“You feel like you get to know everyone. And, you get to know them well.

“I work at the Boys & Girls Club (of Craig) because I’ve been a member for so long. It was like, as soon as I was old enough I was hired on the spot.

“When I first moved here, it was at East Elementary. That would have been in 2003 or 2002. When they opened up the new building, I started working there. I’ve been there ever since.

“It’s a lot of challenges. Most of the kids are there to have fun. Sometimes they might have problems back home, but our job is just to love them and have fun with them.

“This is my fifth year in 4-H. At first, I didn’t know what I was doing, but you figure it out pretty quickly.

“I’ve always loved animals. They need to be loved. You can yell at them, but you know they will always come back. I would definitely want to continue to help them.

“My last dog was a rescue. She was abused when she was a puppy, so she was kind of difficult to train. But, you just kind of evolve as you go. You figure it out.

“Eventually, I’d like to be an animal cop, like on the Discovery Channel. At first, I just wanted to be a cop. Then I wanted to be a vet. I combined them, and it was like, ‘There you go.’

“I am originally from Emporia, Kan. It wasn’t really too different, but it was humid there. We had a mini-Schnauzer, and with that humidity, you have to be patient.

“I don’t really want it to come. I’m excited for it — I’ll have my college classes, but I can’t believe I’m already a senior.

“I don’t want soccer to end. I’ve been able to see myself grow. I’ve seen the team grow. Like last year, we missed the playoffs.

“Soccer is pretty much my life. It’s good activity, and I love being able to hang out with the team. I think that’s why I don’t want it to end.

“Last year was tough. I was injured and I had to sit out for three games. Those were the first three games I have ever missed. That was hard because you want to be out there with your teammates.

“It made me want to cry. When you sit out, you’re missing these great experiences with your friends.

“I did the Rally-O just because. I don’t think my dog (Milo) likes it. He’s too laid back. In obedience training, he’s still laid back and not really all that enthusiastic. He would just rather be hanging around.

“He normally just lays around. But, you can pick him up like a baby, and he’ll just rest his head. I think you could hold him upside-down, and he wouldn’t really care.

“I love doing new challenges, just to see how I can do. I like being able to challenge myself.”

— Interview by Ben Bulkeley

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