Although I didn't grow up with pets, I've become quite the animal lover, particularly a lover of dogs. As you can see, I have the two cutest dogs in the world. Gertie is a 12-year-old Beagle mix who came from the Indianapolis Animal Care and Control shelter. Dexter is a 3-year-old pointer/Australian cattle dox mix who also came from IACC. Shelter dogs are the best dogs. I also have two male Russian tortoises, Nikolai and Dmitri, who have taken over their own room in our house.
|Nikolai and Dmitri|
Since becoming a pet owner, I've become very passionate about animal welfare. I am a contributing member and volunteer attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that helps prosecute animal abuse cases and advocates for State animal rights laws. I'm also a contributing member of the Indianapolis Humane Society and the Best Friends Animal Society, which is home to Dog Town. My husband and I stayed at Best Friends in Kanab, Utah and volunteered at Dog Town several years ago. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am also a volunteer for FACE, which is Indianapolis' low-cost spay/neuter clinic, whose goal is to make Indianapolis a no-kill city. If I were lucky enough to win the lottery, I'd buy land and start an animal sanctuary. I urge anyone considering dog or cat ownership to adopt from a shelter rather than purchasing from a breeder. Mutts are actually much healthier than purebreds and live longer.
When I'm not at work, I'm usually hanging out on my back porch with my husband and dogs. My husband, Blair Pottenger, and I have been married for 10 years. Blair worked as an editor for 11 years, but then left that industry to work for Starbucks as an Operations Specialist. I collect Pez dispensers, turtles (fake ones in addition to my real ones), and Peanuts memorabilia, particularly Snoopy. My Snoopy collection could fill an entire room in my home (I'd call it more of an obsession than a collection). The most important part of my day is watching at least one Seinfeld rerun. I find that almost every scenario I encounter can be equated to a Seinfeld episode. I am also in two book clubs and love to read. I also knit, but not very well.
I'm very proud to say that I have a twin named Karen. She has been my built-in best friend since birth. Karen and I had the same classes in high school, played the same sports, had all the same friends, and were apart for the first time when we both went to graduate school. Since then, not a day goes by when I don't talk to her on the phone at least once. We were always told by our mother, who was told by her doctor, that we were fraternal twins. Several years ago, we took a DNA test, only to find out we were actually identical. Karen is a professor of literature and composition at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. My older sister, Katie, is also part of the legal profession as a legal assistant.