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!DOWNLOAD CALENDAR
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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—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.”
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 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.
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.”
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.
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’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.
Bell Buckle, TN
Bossier City, LA
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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 is in his final phase of training before...
Earl has made some good progress the last few...
Earl has moved on to phase 2 of his training!
Earl has officially moved up into a new phase...
Earl is making leaps and bounds in his...
The K9s For Warriors trainer is working on...
Earl is having a blast at the K9 For Warriors...
Earl has made the journey down to Florida...
Early Times sent Earl off to K9s For Warriors in July...
Earl is in his final phase of training before going to a Warrior. During this phase of training, a majority takes place off-campus to familiarize him with the environments he will encounter with his Warrior. He has been in many stores and multiple restaurants to help him get accustomed to relaxing while his future Warrior is eating in public.
Earl has made some good progress the last few weeks. He is a smart dog, so he doesn’t really have any trouble learning new commands. He is really enjoying training sessions because his active brain gets to work. He just entered his last phase of training where he will primarily be working off-campus in public which will help him learn to be calm in those environments.
Earl has moved on to phase 2 of his training! He has passed all his basic obedience and crate training and is moving on to service dog training and minimal public access training. His energy levels are through the roof so K9s For Warriors is working with him on being more calm.
Earl has officially moved up into a new phase of training! He successfully passed all tasks required of him to begin both his public access training and advanced tasks training. Above and beyond all the skills Earl has already perfected, he will now learn to ignore outside distractions, perform additional tasks required of becoming a service dog and be trained to adhere to any environment he may encounter. His pure eagerness to learn will help him master every skill-set required to become an incredible K9 Companion for a future Warrior!
Early Times sent Earl off to K9s For Warriors in July, along with a whole lot of goodwill. To date, we’ve donated $200,000 to this amazing organization, and we’re proud to be their partner.
Earl is having a blast at the K9 For Warriors Facility! He is working like a dog and enjoying all of the exercise. Currently, his training also involves improving his focus and sensitivity to touch. Earl is on his way to becoming a fantastic companion to his future Warrior!
The K9s For Warriors trainer is working on continuing to build his confidence, fine-tuning his commands and incorporating outdoors training with his indoor training. Besides his favorite squeaky toys he gets to enjoy during our training sessions, Earl loves his free runs in the large open yards that they have.
Earl is making leaps and bounds in his training! His pure joy and excitement every time his trainer enters his kennel is contagious. There is always a moment when it just starts to click for a dog during his training. Earl’s moment came on Monday. When the trainer took Earl out for his first session of training on Monday morning, he was a totally different dog! His focus, the obvious desire to learn and his whole demeanor improved.
Earl has made the journey down to Florida to K9s For Warriors. His trainers report he is getting comfortable with his surroundings, greeting everyone with a wagging tail and always eager to go on his morning walk.
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.