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78 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.16 FOOD FIX DO ON THE WALL "We've had the chickens for six years and they are fun. I don't watch TV, so they're like watching a good TV show all the time," says Pam Butler, who grew up on an Arkansas farm and now keeps a chicken coop at her Louisville home. "My chickens are nearing menopause in the chicken world, so our egg production went down significantly in the last year. On a good day we get about three; on a bad day, zero. So sometimes they're freeloaders. And I still eat chicken, but I wouldn't eat these chickens. That's kind of like someone asking if you would eat your dog or cat. "Clarie, she gets in trouble. She's always dirty, and when she eats she gets food all over her face. She gets dirt on her butt and doesn't care. Delta Dawn is an asshole. She pecks you. She begs for food like a dog. Our tiniest hen is Buffy, and she is flighty and doesn't like to be held. She gets picked on. They fight. I think they take her food. Taffy is my favorite chicken. I think she is the top in terms of the pecking order. She's the most affectionate hen. She jumps into your lap to be held. She'll fall asleep in your lap. She likes to stand next to people when they visit. Then we have Dixie. She's just kind of there." — Photo and interview by Nerissa Sparkman TANGENT Eat and drink with your dog… …at Heine Brothers' Coffee, where regulars often supply treats, which the staff hands out to dogs at several drive- thru locations. …at Comfy Cow, which sells Pooch Pops made of fruit, peanut butter and yogurt. …at Apocalypse Brew Works (1612 Mellwood Ave.), which hosts an annual Yappy Hour (this year on Sept. 23), welcoming pups and benefitting the Kentucky Humane Society. …at Vines and Canines (1985 Douglass Blvd.), which sells dog chews, collars and pet shampoo alongside Merlot and Chardonnay. The pup-friendly shop also regularly hosts events benefitting various animal-welfare groups. And we probably have to mention the Nachbar's patio. At Red Barn Kitchen, the Southern restaurant now open in the building that used to be Joe's Older Than Dirt in Lyndon.