Modern Love Podcast: Dusty-Danger Dog

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“As the paramedics cut me from the truck, all I said was: ‘Take care of my dog, take care of my dog, take care of my dog.’”

Timothy Braun was a on run in the Texas heat. When he stopped at a local animal shelter for a drink of water, he was taken by a dog who stared at him with pointy ears and mismatched eyes — one brown, one blue. He had no intention of adopting a dog, but “out of curiosity, or God knows what,” he looked into the dog’s folder. It said that he had been abandoned by an old woman. Her reason? “Dusty keeps following me around the house.”

On today’s episode, we follow Dusty and Timothy’s relationship through two stories, seven years apart.

Today’s stories

“Four-Legged Reason to Keep It Together,” Timothy Braun

“She Wanted a Man With a Good Job Who Was Nice to Animals,” Timothy Braun

Hosted by: Daniel Jones and Miya Lee
Produced by: Kelly Prime and Hans Buetow
Edited by: Wendy Dorr and Sara Sarasohn
Music by: Dan Powell
Narration by: Edoardo Ballerini, produced by Ryan Wegner and Kelly Rogers at Audm
Executive Producer, NYT Audio: Lisa Tobin
Assistant Managing Editor, NYT: Sam Dolnick

Special thanks: Nora Keller, Mahima Chablani, Julia Simon, Laura Kim, Bonnie Wertheim, Anya Strzemien, Joanna Nikas and Choire Sicha.

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