Tisa Hagerty wasn’t trying to make a political statement when she put up the sign announcing that her husband — dentist Curtis Hagerty, of Arkansas’ Hagerty Family Dental — doesn’t hunt lions.
“We thought it was funny,” says Hagerty, a hygienist and the person who came up with the brilliant bit of advertising. “And it’s true. The dentist doesn’t hunt lions. Or anything else.”
While Cecil the lion’s killer — Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer — is facing a defaced home, a shuttered business and possible criminal charges in Zimbabwe, Hagerty says she and her husband are enjoying a far friendlier response to their approach to the natural world.
“We like people to smile,” she says. “We’re not here to hurt you.”
So, you may wonder: What does this more-gentle dentist do for fun, if killing majestic animals isn’t his bag?
Hagerty says her husband is a fan of several non-blood sports, including softball and college football.
He loves the Arkansas Razorbacks, and, in what might be seen as a big-game “ironic twist,” Hagerty says, chuckling, “he’s an Auburn Tigers fan.”