This joke came from seeing a woman with her boy on a leash. I had the nuts and bolts of the story, but i felt like it might need a couple more hits. So I sent the main story to three friends: 2 comics and 1 non comic. From that came the “completed” story above. I call it “purebred or rescue”.
This story had been percolating in my mind for years. I just never could figure out the best way to glue it together. Then one day in front of my dad’s old church, it just clicked.
This is actually the first time that I ever performed this joke in public. It is one of my favorite jokes to do. It just clickson so many levels. I love the final punchline of the bit.

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