"The more boys I meet, the more I love my dog."-Carrie Underwood

My day begins with two of the greatest loves of my life: my dog, Raffi, and Burtís Bees Chapstick. I am a chapstick addict, and yes, there is such a thing. After applying a few layers, I take Raffi for a walk. Being the social butterfly he is, he has to introduce himself to anyone he sees. Iím pretty sure my neighbors donít know my name, but they can recognize my dog from a street away.

Raffi wasnít always a city dog. Raffi and I both grew up in The Middle of Nowhere, Kentucky. My father teaches genetics at The University of Kentucky and my mother runs a rescue organization for horses. Our 42 acre farm is nothing short of a zoo. I trained horses from the time I was eight until I left for college. The result of which is seven concussions and an assortment of scars.

My older sister, Crystal, is studying mathematics to The University of Pittsurgh and my younger sister, Marki, works hard to raise my one-year-old neice, Kaylee Brooke Stacy.

I moved to Florida when I was 18 for The University of Florida. I have to say, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. As beautiful as Kentucky is, let's face it, there isn't a whole lot to do there.

Raffi