Natalie Marini of El Dorado Hills is a Style Magazine 20+ Under 20
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Natalie Marini, 14
El Dorado Hills
When she was in fourth grade, Natalie Marini donated her hair to Locks for Love.
Her quest to help in whichever way she can has also led to her raising two puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind (she’s now on her third dog, Laurel).
“Raising Guide Dogs for the Blind seemed like the natural thing to do to help somebody in need,” she says.
Not only that, but she also cares for and rides horses, and has served as a counselor in horse camps and taught horsemanship. Dogs and horses aside, Marini’s even bred, raised and shown rabbits as part of her involvement with 4-H and fed orphaned baby birds at Sierra Wildlife Rescue.
Now an expert in caring for animals, she provides pet sitting and behavioral training for pets in the area. At home, Marini cares for a filly who was born last summer. “I’ve always enjoyed working with animals...and I am spontaneous and adventurous with my guide dog by my side,” she says. —Tara Mendanha
Escape: Music, horseback riding, drawing
Guilty pleasure: Good & Plenty candy
Meal in town: Kobe Surf N Turf
Local landmark: El Dorado Hills Town Center
Movie: The Proposal
Musician/band: Fall Out Boy
Saying: “Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die today.”
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