Meet Angela Windolph. Angela is known to many in the community as the owner of Golden Bone Pet Products and through her involvement of the dog rescue… she is a true advocate for pets… and she has a great deal of interests and depth as the interview discovered.
Q: Tell us a little bit about you, what you do here in Sedona?
A: I own Golden Bone Pet Products, and it’s a retail pet supply store. My former business partner, Nadia, and I started to do rescue work together, and we started Golden Bone Rescue and Rehab. We opened the store in 2005. In June, I purchased Sedona Fit, a great little gym, so I am running that with Katherine Graham, who is a fantastic trainer and friend. The gym is not open until the Governor says it’s open, so we’re still just making the transition. We’re staying busy with the dog rescue, and Dr. Cinda Rajkovik is the new CEO of the rescue. We have about 50 rescue animals that we’re caring for on her property in Camp Verde. We still do adoptions and fostering of dogs locally.
Q: What is one thing you wish you learned earlier in your life?
A: I would say to be able to laugh at myself and have a sense of humor about absolutely everything. The world throws things at you, and you have to learn to swat back with joy.
Q: How long have you lived in Sedona, and what do you love the most about living here?
A: I’ve been here for 23 years. It’s stunningly beautiful, and it amazes me every moment of the day. It felt like home when I got here, and some of my friends even say that I’m married to Sedona. It’s who I am.
Q: What one piece of advice changed your life?
A: I would say, ‘Choose love over fear.” That is just a definite thought in my mind and how I make my decisions. I react with kindness.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Sedona?
A: Nadia Caillou was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She had an extraordinary life. Currently, I’d say Dr. Cinda Rajkovik. She’s a remarkable person with kindness for animals as well as people.
Q: When family or friends come to visit, where do you take them?
A: There are many places to go hiking around here, and I have a couple of favorite places. Broken Arrow is a place that got me through some hard times. I would take my dogs there pretty much every day. It’s a place where I could be alone, be in the middle of nowhere, and rarely see another person. It’s just a contemplative spot for me, and I like to share that with friends. I also take them to Picazzos to have a cocktail and some delicious food.
Q: If you had an opportunity to be any age, what age would that be and why?
A: There is no age that I would go back to. My life has been sometimes difficult, challenging, and amazing. I feel like it could only get better as I go along. There’s nothing I would like to change, even some of the weird decisions I’ve made. I was a Buddhist nun for 16 years, and I wouldn’t want to be there now.
Q: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
A: The rescue is a big deal. When I had the opportunity to buy Sedona Fit, I had the feeling that it would be one of the most important things I’ve ever done. A lot of older, more mature people go there. Fitness is about longevity, happiness, just feeling good, and being able to move. Being able to provide that for other people has felt significant to me.
Q: How would your closest friend/s describe you?
A: They call me the nice one.
Q: Choosing anyone who would you love to have lunch with?
A: I love having lunch. I do not cook at all, so when you mention that, I’m just excited to get my next meal prepared for me. Every time that you interact with somebody can be the most amazing and incredible interaction you’ve ever had. My cosmic soulmate is Bono, so maybe I’d like to have lunch with him.
Q: What one thing in your life is meaningful?
A: I’m a contemplative person, thinker, and an observer. I can’t think of one event, place, condition, or anything like that. I have been alone for a long time and learned a lot about myself and the world. I think that has a lot to do with my passion for understanding. I seek to understand people and why things happen. The big WHY is something I think about all the time.
Q: What’s one thing you want to be remembered for?
A: I hope that people have had a good feeling and felt acceptance and love from me. That’s the most important thing that we can offer with each other.
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: I think of myself as reclusive. I enjoy my time alone, and maybe I spend too much time in my head, but that’s my happy place. I’m very content when I’m alone with my dog. I have a fabulous sense of humor, although that’s not necessarily true from other people’s perspectives.
From the Interview with Jonelle Klein