Whiskey at five months

whiskey1Here’s a photo of our fox-red English labrador retriever, Whiskey, at five months. That’s her frog toy, which she snatched from my son.

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.

A history of the fox-red lab is here and here. It’s a cool dog with a gentle personality. I can bath her in the sink, and she just sits there, loving it.

“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.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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