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SEP 2018

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72 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 Friedrichs, a restaurant manager in Cincin- nati. ese volunteers do this about every three weeks, sometimes more. Friedrichs then drove the puppies up to Cincinnati and was herself their first foster mom. She named them Janet and Michael. "Such adorable handfuls," Friedrichs says in an email. Janet "was so sweet. But super hard to housebreak." While fostering, Friedrichs said "Damn it, Janet" quite a bit. "But, man, she was so snuggly and was obsessed with Juliette" — Friedrichs' brown pit bull. Friedrichs kept the puppies for about six weeks. Michael was adopted out, and Janet was sent to another foster mom, a woman who lives in southeastern Indiana with two pit bulls and a tiny Bichon Frise. We pulled off the Indiana exit on I-275 and drove on some country roads until we got to a driveway that seemed to be at least 14 miles long and made mostly of hills and boulders, which was almost too much for my little Prius. (My son still asks if I remember that time the car was beeping and couldn't get up the hill.) I gave each of my kids treats to give to the dog, so we could make a good first impres- sion. e woman let us inside, and there she was — an 18-pound, four-month-old blue puppy. She bounced onto the couch, which was covered in an olive-green moving blanket. "She's…kinda crazy," said my son, who was four at the time. (is was an accurate assessment; she still has a "Psycho Heeler" mode, when her eyes roll back and she runs around our little yard at full tilt like a maniac.) We'd also brought some toys to see if she would play. e kids rolled an or- ange plastic ball across the floor. She fetched it and brought it to me. And then she lay down on the couch next to me and just let me pet her for a minute. is is the one, I thought. I sent my wife a smiling selfie. e foster mom agreed to keep the pup over anksgiving while we got everything ready at home. In two more weeks, we would have a dog. Less than an hour after leaving the shelter in Breckinridge County, we ar- rive at the Kentucky Humane Society intake facility on Steedly Drive in the South End. Hamm opens the back door of the van. "How is everybody! Hey kitties!" From top: Kentucky Humane Society's Jennifer Allen and Hazel; Humane Society intake team member Amber Trusty.

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