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ALL-AMERICAN DOGS

We asked fans and friends to share why they believe their pup is an All-American Dog. From the tens of thousands of entries we got from across the country, we chose 12. Meet the winning dogs and learn more about their story—and download our 2020 All-American Dogs calendar!

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CALLIE

Lexington, KY

Retired police officer Joe and his wife Ann were looking for a dog that could provide some great companionship. Callie, the toy Australian Shepherd they found on online, may be small, but she’s enormous in spirit. Affectionate, adorable, and very vocal, Callie had only been with the couple three days when she started following Joe around, fetching the paper, and making it very clear that, as Ann puts it, “this human is mine.” Now eight, little Callie continues to give Joe and Ann a huge amount of companionship and comfort.




G-MAN

Bell Buckle, TN

Named for the agents who took down legendary gangsters, G-Man is a working search-and rescue bloodhound with some serious skills. Under the direction of his owner Angela, G-Man has sniffed out burglars, found a missing girl, and located a teenager whom authorities had spent hours looking for—after smelling his hairbrush, G-Man found him in six minutes. Having been abused by a previous owner, at first G-Man was not the easiest dog to train or form a relationship with, but now his bond with Angela is deep and intense. “This dog taught me about patience and temperament,” she says. “I needed him as much as he needed me.”




KOSMO

Baltimore, MD

Melissa calls Kosmo, her two-year-old Golden Retriever, the “goodwill ambassador” of her Baltimore neighborhood. “He’s like the mayor,” she says. “Everyone knows his name.”
Back at home, where Melissa often works, she and Kosmo are able to spend a lot of quality time together. Friendly and goofy as he can be, Kosmo is also very sensitive. Able to sense when Melissa is stressed or having a bad day, he always puts his head in her lap. “He’s such an embracing dog,” Melissa says. “He spoils me as much as I spoil him.”




LUNA MAE

Asheville, NC

North Carolina artist Whitney didn’t think she was in a suitable financial situation for a dog. But when she found Luna Mae through a rescue organization, it was love at first sight. To get through some of life’s rough patches, Whitney says, “you really do need a canine companion…you can’t afford not to.” A three-year-old Bluetick Coonhound— “a good ol’ Southern hounddog,” Whitney calls her—Luna Mae is there every day for Whitney, providing sweet companionship, not to mention inspiration for Whitney’s photography. As Whitney puts it, “We rescued each other.”




PHOEBE

Tuscaloosa, AL

Born on the 4th of July, Phoebe is a Great Dane with a big, loving heart. Her owner Rhonda says Phoebe really “turned life upside down” at home. She may be just one year old, but when she stands up on her hind legs, Phoebe reaches up to Rhonda’s shoulders—which also means you better not leave her favorite treats—hotdogs—on the kitchen counter! As she gets older, Phoebe is learning new things, developing her manners, and loves all people. Truly a “great” All-American Dog!




REMINGTON

Mentor, OH

Remington—or “Remy”—is owner Megan’s “little shotgun.” A Texas heeler—a mix of Blue Heeler and Aussie Shepherd—Remy is the “ideal dog,” Megan says. Fun, friendly, a little crazy, and very outdoorsy, he loves to chase sticks, play frisbee, and even go kayaking with Megan. At the beach, he’s known to “eat waves.” And of course, Remy herds everything from cats to his two housemates, a pair of chihuahuas. “He’s a typical boy dog,” Megan says. “Just a good nut.”




RILEY

Lafayette, IN

One day, Lucas came home to find fire trucks outside his apartment and his neighbor’s door gone—only to learn that his dog, Riley, had saved his neighbor’s life. Sensing danger, Riley had barked and barked until the neighbor woke up to a fire in his house. Of course, it was no real surprise to Lucas, an Army infantry veteran. He knows what an amazing dog Riley is, an intense and loyal companion to Lucas and his family. “That dog knows me like nobody else,” Lucas says. And those who know Riley will know about the special marking on his belly—a perfect white star. All-American indeed.




RYDER

Richmond, VA

Ryder is a true working dog. A 130-pound Great Pyrenees, he lives on his owner Janis’s 14-acre Virginia property with 12 goats, two pygmy goats, three horses, and a steer named Bobo. Having learned the ropes from a 13-year-old Pyrenees named Levi, Ryder is tasked with keeping the other animals safe from predators. But he isn’t all business. In his off-time, Ryder loves to play with the goats, chase frogs, and follow Bobo around, even lying down with the huge steer for a well-earned nap.




WHISKEY

Bossier City, LA

Known as an animal lover who fostered rescues, Candy was working as a bartender when someone brought in a dog for her, a sweet female Staffordshire Terrier mix. Candy named her Whiskey. Soon, Whiskey became a sidekick at the bar. And later, after what Candy calls a “foster fail,” at her home, they formed a deep bond that’s only gotten deeper over time. Today, living with five other dogs and two cats, Whiskey is “numero uno…the queen bee.” What’s more, Candy can take Whiskey anywhere. She has great energy and loves to get hugs from everyone—truly, as Candy puts it, “an old soul.”




DUKE

Racine, WI

Two months after a surgery and looking for a reason to get up and around, Kevin got Duke from a local shelter. A Rat Terrier with loads of energy, Duke has given Kevin way more than just a reason. He’s become a true hiking companion, helping Kevin embrace his sense of adventure. The two have journeyed on foot through nine different states, hiking as much as 14 miles in a day, and there’s no sign of slowing down. With Duke at his side, Kevin now sees the trail as a way of life—and the journey continues.




DUKE

Boston, MA

Rescued in Alabama in the wake of a massive hurricane, and with animal shelters overflowing, Duke had reached the end of a line of stops for adoption. But then, discovering Duke’s sweet face while searching online, his soon-to-be owner, Katherine, could tell right away he was the one. Duke was delivered on a rickety blue bus full of dogs in crates and the pair bonded immediately. “He really is a special guy,” Katherine says. We couldn’t agree more.




EARL

Louisville, KY

Earl’s a one-year-old rescue adopted by Early Times from the Kentucky Humane Society. While he’d surely make a fine distillery dog, Earl’s ready to answer a higher calling. Through Early Times' longtime partnership with the incredible nonprofit organization K9s For Warriors, Earl is being sent on a very special mission: to be trained as a service dog for veterans suffering with trauma brought on by post-9/11 military service.




CALLIE

Lexington, KY

G-MAN

Bell Buckle, TN

KOSMO

Baltimore, MD

LUNA MAE

Asheville, NC

PHOEBE

Tuscaloosa, AL

REMINGTON

Mentor, OH

RILEY

Lafayette, IN

RYDER

Richmond, VA

WHISKEY

Bossier City, LA

DUKE

Racine, WI

DUKE

Boston, MA

EARL

Louisville, KY

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Earl, the dog our American whiskey team adopted, trains at K9s For Warriors, a non-profit Early Times Whiskey supports.

EARL

Louisville, Kentucky

Earl’s a one-year-old rescue adopted by Early Times from the Kentucky Humane Society. While he’d surely make a fine distillery dog, Earl’s getting ready to answer a higher calling. Through our longtime partnership with the incredible nonprofit organization K9s For Warriors, Earl is being sent on a very special mission: to be trained as a service dog for veterans suffering with trauma brought on by post-9/11 military service.


Earl’s journey—from rescue dog to service canine helping to rescue the life of a veteran in need—is the journey of a true All-American Dog. Visit our Facebook page or check back to follow Earl’s progress.

Earl at K9s for Warriors

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EARLY TIMES DOG-TAIL COCKTAIL

  • 1.5 oz EARLY TIMES
  • 3 oz lemonade
  • 1 oz cranberry

Pour ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a pretzel stick.