We named her Whiskey because her coloring resembles a bottle of Woodford Reserve whiskey. Ray Shine, a fellow Cal alum who helps us interview incoming Cal students for an annual scholarship, pointed out correctly that the spelling is “Whisky” for a UK dog named Whisky.
Since Woodford is Kentucky bourbon whiskey, we went with the American spelling. It’s on her AKC papers.
We also debated the merits of having our seven-year-old son run around the house shouting “Whiskey, whiskey,” as he does regularly. But that didn’t last too long: We’re older parents and kind of laid back about this sort of thing.
“Fox red is not a separate color of the Labrador but only a shade of yellow,” according to the write-up. “In the early years of the breed development, fox red or dark yellow was the original yellow shade of the Labrador Retriever.”
We miss our previous yellow lab, Gretchen, terribly. We had to put her down just before Thanksgiving after more than 13 years. But Whiskey keeps us focused on the future, not the past.
At the same time we got Whiskey, we made a donation to a local shelter for homeless dogs — a mounting problem in the recession.