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A Tale of Two Roommates

  Kendall Brannen and dog

Former Westminster roommates share a special connection: their dog
by Lexie Banks (’12, MACL ’15)

Two men walk into a Harry Potter-themed party. One is dressed as Dumbledore, the other as Hagrid. This is the story of how Kendall Brannen (’13) and Tradd Gralek (’10) became friends and, a year later, roommates.
Tradd, a pilot in training, was looking for a place where his dog, Koush, would feel comfortable during his senior year at Westminster. With a vegetable garden, chickens, and several welcoming roommates, Kendall’s house was the perfect place for them to call home. In total, they would live together for three years.
“We had this thing that was a spoof on Utah culture called ‘family home evening,’” Kendall says. “We cooked whatever was ripe in the garden and had a bunch of friends over.” One of these meals went particularly awry: Koush ate an entire goat cheese appetizer, and after Tradd returned from work, it became an unpleasant surprise. “Koush slept in my bed, and in the middle of the night it settled in his stomach,” Tradd says. “Even having the windows open didn’t help.”
With graduation came the opportunity for Tradd to fly with Grand Canyon Airlines. After Koush moved several times to stay with various family members, they both knew it was time for him to have a permanent home where, Tradd says, he could be “adequately spoiled.” Kendall adopted Koush in the fall of 2015.
They both had different ideas of what habits were acceptable for Koush—particularly whether the dog was allowed to sleep in the bed. “One day it dawned on me that Koush would be sleeping by my feet when I fell asleep, but under the covers with his head on the pillow when I woke up,” Tradd says. Kendall would sometimes put clothes on Koush, who particularly loved wearing jackets.
While they differ in how they have chosen to raise Koush, these two roommates-turned-dog-dads were definitely brought together by their four-legged son. Tradd is now a first officer for Air Wisconsin, allowing him to travel throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Kendall is a data scientist for Salt Lake County.



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