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SEP 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 71 Brooke was not convinced that we needed to add a dog to our already chaotic life of two small kids and two busy jobs. Someone in our family had been sick literally almost every week for a year and a half. Our four-year-old son was still waking us up frequently in the middle of the night. Mentally, I was hunkered down. I was caught in an endless loop of worries and chores. A dog would drag me out of the house every single day. I sent Brooke pictures of basset hounds, both cute puppies and fat adults. Nope. "I read a story once about how a basset ate someone's face off," she said. Which was true — I'd sent the article to her. But most bassets don't have sudden-rage syndrome, I reasoned. ey're sweet, docile creatures. More like cows, really. "But they can't run," she countered. Also true. I tried pictures of puffy, regal Chow Chows, especially those that resemble little snowballs. Pictures of our son snuggling with my parents' redbone coonhound-box- er mix. Pictures of Maltipoos that looked like Ewoks and goldendoodles that looked like teddy bears. I got the kids involved, too. I took my son to the Louisville Metro Animal Services adoption center, Animal House, on Newburg Road to play with dogs. And at the park, we would play with other peo- ple's dogs, which I discovered was a nice way to make friends with strangers. On Nov. 14, 2016, I ran across one of the two puppies from the boat ramp on Petfinder. I emailed my wife in all caps. "LOOK. AT. THIS. BLUE HEELER/ BEAGLE. I DIE." She grudgingly relented, writing, "OK, if you think it will help you. OK." I reached out to Paws and Claws Animal Rescue in Cincinnati, which had the puppy. She was still with them, in a foster home. I made arrangements to go see her and take the kids that Saturday. It was none other than Ginny Hamm who drove those puppies to Louisville, just two weeks after they arrived at the Breckinridge County shelter in October 2016. She handed them off to a Louisville volunteer named Angela Koch, who took them up I-71 to Carrolton, Kentucky, and passed them off to Emmy Nicole Shor and Randy Miller loading dogs for transport.

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