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Dog Bore: Charles Joly
Job: Owner of Crafthouse Cocktails & Crafthouse by Fortessa Barware, Bartender about the World
Dog: Jackson
Pitbull, junkyard dog, goofy hippo, adopted from Animal Welfare League

How did you meet your canine companion?
Jackson just had his two year adoption anniversary on Oct 4th, 2016. Prior to him joining the family, sweet boy Ferris was the main man around the house. He was also a pit from a local rescue organization. Unfortunately, he passed at an relatively young age after a bout with an aggressive cancer. Adopting a new family member after losing one isn't an easy decision. That being said, it wasn't long after Ferris left us that I wanted to bring in another dog. We unfortunately have many government run shelters that are "high kill" and over crowded. A staggering amount of adoptable animals are euthanized due to space limitations and poor budgets. Taking a dog out of one of these shelters, makes space to potentially save another life. To double down, pitbull type dogs are occupying many of those spaces and are often the first to be euthanized. While I love all animals, I have a special affinity for these misunderstood and misrepresented breeds. Jackson came to our attention and the clock was ticking with only a few days before he would have been euthanized. Take one look at that giant head and handsome mug...we had to make a jail break. If anything comes out of this interview- Jackson, Ferris, their feline brother and sister and I implore you to adopt when you're looking for a pet. I can assure you that whatever age, size, breed, temperament, personality you are looking for- you can find it in a shelter. If you want to know all of the ins and outs of a potential pet, adopt from a foster organization. The foster family can fill you in on the details of a specific animal. Kid friendly, cat friendly...whatever. Buying animals from a breeder or shop is harmful on many levels. Over 7 1/2 million animals enter shelters in the US alone every year. 7 1/2 million! Over 2.5 million will be euthanized. I guarantee there's the right fit in that mix. Take the time and the rewards are awesome.

Whatโ€™s the story behind your dogโ€™s name?
I tell everyone a different story depending on mood. Sometimes it's after Mahalia. Sometimes Samuel L. And when the time is right, know, because she's the least appreciated of the Jackson clan.

How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
Life with a big, active dog is always an adventure. He has a ton of personality and can be as challenging as he is charming. He definitely has helped with my patience, while making me smile every day. A rescue organization made these t-shirts to raise funds for a local pup in need- they said "Not always easy, but always worth it." Sums it up nicely. Plus, he's a hell of a snuggler. One of the first "tricks" he picked up on when he came home.

Which 3 words best describe your dogโ€™s personality?
Tenacious, handsome, doofus

Whoโ€™s your dogโ€™s favourite person?
Probably his grandma. I suspect she doesn't stick to his diet regiment...that's what grandmas are for though.

Whatโ€™s your dogโ€™s superpower?
Smiling. Is that a super power?

If your dog had a job, what would it be?
He'd be a great silent film actor. Those facial expressions speak volumes....and get him out of a lot of trouble.

Whatโ€™s your dogโ€™s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
The drool is like a dam breaking everytime anything resembling food comes out.

Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
We are always going on long walks through the neighborhood or playing in the back yard. One of the things I love about Chicago is the abundance of green space for an urban environment. He loves to take night walks to make sure all of the rabbits in the neighborhood are accounted for.

Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a barโ€ฆ.โ€
Oddly- he wants nothing to do with booze. A lot of dogs will try and steal a lick from a mug of beer. Go figure, my dog is a teetotaler....


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