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April 20 • Charlestown 

Staff Photos 

The inaugural Sgt. Bertram Memorial 5K-9 run/walk served as an official fund raiser benefiting the Bertram Family Memorial Trip to National Police Week, which took place in Washington, D.C., in May.. 

Kindness Matters: Canine Compassion

Furry volunteer offers comfort to humans in need 



In the last issue, I share this verbatim in my editor’s letter: 

For more than two years, I’ve repeated these same words to my now-3-year-old daughter every morning on the way to preschool: “Olive: You are smart. You are kind. You are important. You are beautiful inside and out. Everyone matters. Treat people with kindness.” 

It’s my adaptation of a scene in the novel-turned-movie, “The Help,” but it’s also a more poignant version of what I’ve told myself for decades. And depending upon where I’m at in life, some phrases resonate more than others. 

Lately, this one means the most: 

“Everyone matters. Treat people with kindness.” 

Despite the constant barrage of social media and news outlets asserting the contrary, I believe most of us care about our neighbors and complete strangers and are willing to make people feel like they matter by inserting small acts of kindness into our everyday lives – holding a door, letting someone slide in ahead of us in traffic, simply saying, “Thank you” or “I’m sorry,” or offering a helping hand. These minor moments matter. And, sometimes they can affect others far more than we ever imagined. 

Olive, my daughter, is old enough that she now speaks our daily affirmation without prompting. She recently said it in the grocery store and brought a fellow shopper nearly to tears. As rewarding as it was to see the fruits of my labor, my heart hurt: Shouldn’t kindness and the acknowledgment of its power be the exception and not the rule? Listening to a toddler as she looks at a complete stranger and says with complete confidence, “You are kind, you are smart, you are beautiful,” should evoke a smile, not tears — at least not tears of despair. But, the woman at Kroger explained her reaction: “You just don’t see this anymore.” 

Maybe she doesn’t – and I pray she sees more – but I do, and I know many of you do, too. 

Then, I requested to hear from readers of Extol, asking that interested participants submit acts of kindness you’ve witnessed or played a role in. Lori Jones responded with the following message and photos: 

I am hoping that your Kindness Challenge doesn’t just relate to the two-legged variety, but also to our furry friends. If so, I’d like to tell you about my dog, Rudy, who is the furry definition of kindness. 

About 6 and a half years ago, Rudy and I went through the training to be a Pet Therapy team. Since then, he — and I, but I am just the chauffeur, so I don’t count — has been visiting a local nursing home and University of Louisville Hospital on a weekly basis. 

We visit dementia patients, oncology patients, lock-down psychiatric patients and so many more. He enters a room on his own volition, puts his paws on the side of the bed so he can look directly at the person lying down in the eye or sidles up to their wheelchair, and waits for them to notice him. The reaction of the patient/resident is heart-warming. 

If the hospital patient has a dog at home, they pet Rudy and tell him how they miss their dog(s). 

A NICU nurse bent down, hugged Rudy and told him how she had lost a patient and baby in delivery earlier in the day. Rudy licked her tears as she vented to him. 

An employee at the nursing home was in tears when Rudy put his head on a dementia patient’s lap and patiently waited for her to pet him, which she did. Apparently, it was the first time since she had arrived weeks before that she had engaged whatsoever in her surroundings. 

When Rudy puts on his Red Cross vest, he becomes the kindest being in the world (so long as a squirrel doesn’t cross his path). He doesn’t have a voice of his own, so I would like to speak for him when I say that he perfectly embodies your daughter Olive’s mantra, “Everyone matters. Treat people with kindness.” Rudy expects nothing in return except for a few ear-rubs or booty-scratches, and he leaves everyone he meets at work in a better place than they were before he came into their day. 


Lori Jones (Rudy’s mom) 

So, here’s my challenge again: Send me your accounts of acts of kindness – yours or others. Big and small. They matter. Email me at angie@extolmag. com or find me by searching @angiefenton2 on Facebook. Let’s keep the kindness going, and the Extol Team will continue working to let others know and spread the good – kind – news.

Letter from the Editor | June/July 2019

It has been a thrill watching The Juice Box Heroes evolve over the past several years. The Southern Indiana-based cover band now commands packed audiences that have numbered more than 5,000. Lead singer Dan Farmer is the focus of this issue’s cover story. His tale from how he went from cage fighter to frontman for the popular band is entertaining and inspiring — and definitely worth the read. You also can see the crew on July 13 when they perform at Schmitt Furniture’s 83rd Birthday Dash 8 to 11 p.m. at the New Albany Amphitheater.

If you know any young people who have hearts for serving others, check out the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s article on page 12 for details about its Youth Philanthropy Council. What a wonderful program and mission that could benefit from even more participants.

extolmag_27_page_013_image_0001Other must read features: You’ll find the cutest furry volunteer on page 14, a review of the deliciousness Wild Eggs has to offer on page 18, one of my favorite places to shop for gifts and home accents on page 40, and more than 20 folks from Southern Indiana who share what means most to them at this moment beginning on page 45.

extolmag_27_page_013_image_0002Now, on a personal note… At the tail end of last summer, my husband and I made a promise: We’re going to do better in 2019. Once the warm weather months arrived, we vowed we would continue working hard while also working to protect our precious downtime. We committed to enjoying the pool he maintains but we rarely enjoyed, and inviting friends, neighbors and family to take part, too. We agreed to make memories that have nothing to do with fodder for Facebook posts. “Look at faces, not devices” reads a sign in our home, a gentle reminder. We were adamant about ensuring we spend more time together as a family with our daughter as we explore the offerings around the Southern Indiana region, including music, art, festivals, farmers markets, sporting events, hometown celebrations. While we’re just getting started, I’m happy to report we have — mostly — made good on these personal promises and are determined to ensure we don’t let another summer pass by and leave us wondering what did we do with our time. No matter how you spend this summer, I hope you make the opportunity to enjoy with the ones you love. As always, thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol.


Angie Fenton

Editor in Chief




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The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, 118 W. Main St. in New Albany, recently hosted Pooches on the Patio, this time benefiting Southern Indiana Animal Rescue, an all-volunteer organization. People and their pooches enjoyed the afternoon affair – but did you know The Exchange welcomes dogs any time the patio is open? So does Sam’s Food & Spirits, which is located at 702 Highlander Point Drive in Floyds Knobs. Unsure if your favorite establishment or event accepts pups? Just ask.



May 12 • The Exchange Pub + Kitchen New Albany

Photos by Danny Alexander

Once again, The Exchange Pub + Kitchen hosted Pooches on the Patio, this time benefiting Southern Indiana Animal Rescue. Guests and their dogs enjoyed patio grub, giveaways cocktails and perfect weather. Vendors included Annie Lou’s Pet Sitting Service, Cuddle Clones, Hot Wheels & Glue Guns, Regalo Gifts, animal communicator Latifa Meena, Tara Basset of Puppy Pack Adventures podcast and special guest Jeffersonville Sgt. Denver Leverett of A&E’s “Live PD” along with his K9 Flex. By the way, when the patio at The Exchange, 118 W. Main St. in New Albany, is open, (leashed) dogs are always welcome.


By Grant Vance | Photos by Courtesy Photos

FRODO, PIXEL, RAINBOW AND ROSIE share a common, lifelong connection they can’t shake. Sure, they all have an affinity for treats. All bark as an alternative means of communication to traditional human language. These traits, of course, are akin to most dogs. What separates Frodo, Pixel, Rainbow and Rosie from some of their furry friends is a tragic past, and the new beginning granted to them by The Arrow Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing medical treatment to animals who have suffered torture and extreme forms of abuse and neglect.


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Katie, Cello, Otto & Walter (Feature Image) are available for adoption. To find out more, go to www.TheArrowFund.org.

The Arrow Fund has operated for nearly seven years and continues to be Kentuckiana’s only organization that specializes solely in animal cruelty cases. It began when Founder and President Rebecca Eaves found Aiden, a dog who was in critical condition and suffering after he had been shot with an arrow at close range. This degree of animal cruelty didn’t start here, unfortunately. Horrifying tales of abuse and neglect of animals is nothing new. It did, however, start The Arrow Fund’s initiative to end it.

Aiden, along with Frodo, Pixel, Rainbow, Rosie and many others, are all living happy lives now, nursed back to health and either living in a foster home or happily adopted. No matter how bad of a situation an animal has suffered, The Arrow Fund strives to “make damn sure they have a happy ending,” said Thom Ham, director of operations.

The animals’ placement after recovery is thanks to Foster and Adoption Coordinator Kelley Luckett.

Although the work can be tiresome and emotionally draining – animal rescue is a 24/7, 365 day mission that never ends – Ham and Luckett said the work doesn’t go unrewarded.

Luckett recalled Aspin, a puppy who suffered severe injuries that required a full body cast. “Trying to keep a puppy in a full body cast is no joke,” Luckett chuckled. It was no joke, but it was worth the trouble, especially since the pup has recovered.

Some of the dogs even let their high spirits feed their ego, joked Ham. Frodo – a dog who was found in downtown Louisville with horrible injuries that included duct tape wrapped tightly around his muzzle and clear evidence he had been used as a bait dog for dog fighting – can work a room with his “catfish smile.”

Stanley, a beautiful yellow Labrador who required partial amputation of a front leg has a sweet, smart attitude – and he wants you to notice. “He’ll let you know,” Luckett said.

In addition to battling animal cruelty and abuse throughout the Kentuckiana community, The Arrow Fund also strives to raise awareness regarding the need for stricter animal cruelty laws (Kentucky is currently ranked as the worst state in the country for the lack of anti-animal cruelty legislation). The organization also works to help children understand the importance of having empathy for animals. After all, the majority of individuals who hurt animals very often do that – or worse – to human beings.

If you’re interested in helping The Arrow Fund, there is no shortage of avenues  to do so. This can be as simple as a monetary donation or as involved as a foster home, and there are several different forms of volunteerism falling in between. For more information on how to get involved visit their website at www.thearrowfund.org or contact info@arrowfund.org.


Dog Days at Sam’s

Photos by Tim Girton

Aug. 17 | Sam’s Food & Spirits in Floyd’s Knobs 

Dogs aren’t only fetch aficionados and card sharks – they’re socialites, too. At least this was the case on Aug. 17 at Sam’s Dog Days of Summer Cocktail Party, where pups and their pals alike mingled for a pleasant afternoon benefiting Southern Indiana Animal Rescue (SIAR). There’s nothing quite like refreshments with your best friend on the tail-end of summer. Many thanks to Annie Lou’s Pet Sitting Service for making and donating the sales of dog treats to SIAR and, especially, to Sam’s owner Sam Anderson for donating a portion of proceeds from sales made during the event to SIAR.

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(Clockwise from top left)

Barbara Haas and Anne Scherer with Xavier and Lucy | Getting acquainted | Koleton Freitas and Bentley | Missy Mitchell with Charlie | Tobi, Shepherd and Tanner Brinegar with Daisy | Becky Hand with Bean.