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Smokie, Downtown Dog of the Night, has heroic story to tell

Something in Smokie's eyes celebrate the special bond between dogs and good humans. Those eyes connect and compress the ontogeny of the species, which more than any other - connects with humankind; in a brief moment, Smokie's eyes express how this special being - which loves humans even more than their own kind - has evolved. The eyes reveal the story of gratitude to compassionate human, and never betray the fact that this dog, this great Adair Countian, Smokie, continues to suffer from a single pointless act of human violence. Richard Bartlett tells the heartwarming story of his friend's dog, and suggests that, from time to time, there'll be chance to meet Smokie, downtown by the Fountain, frequently of a Friday evening. -EW

By Richard Bartlett

The dog in the photo would be my friend's dog.

He belongs to Dan Affolter of Breeding, KY who owns the Easy Rider Motor Sports shop right next door to the Breeding, KY Post Office.

Dan's dog is usually with him when he is inside Moore's Pool Hall right by the Movie Theater by the Square. The dog's name is Smokie and the reason why he limps is he has arthritic condition.

Dan took him in when Smokie was once a stray years ago. Dan explained to me that some hunter had shot Smokie, so Smokie kinda had wandered upon Dan's property back then.

Dan took him to the vet that day. Dan told me Smokie has a few shotgun pellets lodged into Smokie's bone by the knee and ankle as well near his chest.

The vet couldn't remove them...recommended a baby aspirin for Smokie once a day, which Dan Affolter faithfully gives him.

Smokie is estimated to be about 11 years old, according to vet who had checked Smokie.

Smokie goes with Dan everywhere he goes in his pickup truck:)

Sincerely, Rick

PS. I do shoot pool with Dan on Friday evenings over at Moore's Pool Hall, so Smokie spotters might be on the lookout for him of a Friday. And, by the way, Nice photo composition:).--Richard BartlettComments re photo 43413 Downtown People Dog of the Night

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