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Lexington dog to be featured in national campaign, on local billboard, in All-American Dogs calendar


Early Times, an All-American Whisky since 1860, searched the country to find “All-American Dogs” and has selected a Lexington dog as one of the 10 winners in a national contest.

Callie, a Toy Australian Shepherd, was chosen from tens-of-thousands of entries as part of the Early Times All-American Dogs social media campaign. Callie participated in a photoshoot with other All-American Dogs from across the country, and her picture will be featured in the Early Times 2020 All-American Dogs calendar later this fall.

On Sept. 9, a billboard featuring Callie will also be revealed in Lexington off New Circle Road.

“She’s always ready to let you know what’s on her mind,” said Joe, Callie’s owner. “She’s very vocal and it didn’t take her much time to warm up to me. She was following me around within the first few days we had her home.”

“Callie has a lot of special qualities, but it was her sense of loyalty that made her stand out,” said Early Times Senior Brand Manager Dallas Cheatham. “She stayed by her owner’s side as a certified comforter pet when times were tough. Her dedication to taking care of those she loves is definitely an All-American quality.”

Early Times has dedicated a portion of their website to All-American Dogs that includes stories of lifesaving-heroics, farm life, cross-country hiking trips, and unwavering companionship. The 10 winners hail from Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana.

To celebrate these furry best friends, as well as Early Times’ 160th anniversary, the brand has created a 2020 All-American Dogs calendar that will be available to the public in both a printed and downloadable version.

Early Times has also created a special cocktail so people can toast this year’s All-American Dogs contest winners. The “Dog-Tail” cocktail is made in a rocks glass with ice, 1.5 ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky, 3 ounces of lemonade, 1 ounce of cranberry juice, and garnished with a pretzel stick.

From Early Times Kentucky Whisky


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