Louisville Magazine

SEP 2018

Louisville Magazine is Louisville's city magazine, covering Louisville people, lifestyles, politics, sports, restaurants, entertainment and homes. Includes a monthly calendar of events.

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jeffersonbourbon.com petsuitesofamerica.com 34 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 THE BIT SHIFT Yesterday's work rests in eight cedar boxes, each one topped with a white label that shows a name sandwiched between two paw prints — Wally, Chopper, Bella Boo, Roscoe, Izzie, Joe, Red and Sammie. Today, the first will be Vivi, the much-beloved, nine-pound poodle who died a few days ago. Her 17-year-old body is concealed in black plastic that Aaron Scott tenderly cuts open with scissors. One snip reveals a puff of white, curly fur. Scott is the funeral director at Scott Funeral Home in Jeffersonville, Indiana, a business his great-grandfather started in 1930. In 2003, the company added Faithful Companions, a pet-cremation service. As the contact for many veterinarians in Louisville and southern Indiana, it performs up to 10 cremations per day. The crematory is housed in a warehouse- looking building just past a parking lot and up a small, grassy slope from the funeral home. Scott has two employees in charge of cremations, but this morning he's the one who fires up the furnace. It's a 10-foot-long, boxy, metal contraption with a cylindrical flue that stretches through the ceiling, and a black door. The room shares the temperature of a breezeless July day in deep Alabama. It smells like charred pizza. Memorial Maker A pet cremator's careful moves. By Anne Marshall

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