Today I came across an old friend in the grocery store. Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale. This brings back fond memories. See, I was there when it was born. Spanish Peaks was a microbrewery that was started in my hometown in 1991. My chem lab partner use to bribe reward me for completing our lab assignments with a trip to Spanish Peaks.
And the mascot for Spanish Peaks was a GORGEOUS black lab named Chugwater Charlie. He was also the source of their classic motto, “No Whiners”.
Chug’s motto, “no whiners” arose from Chug’s experiences in competing in the Gun Dog Hunt Test circuit. The dogs must wait quietly for their turn to retrieve. Its meaning has since grown to encompass these three definitions:
- Only quiet dogs allowed,
- No unjustified annoying complaints, and
- No people who are under the delusion that somebody cares.
Seeing Black Dog again also reminded me of a funny story. See, Chug was an expensive but sought after stud dog because he had wonderful bloodlines, was beautifully conformed, and had a wonderful temperment. Well, one day at work one of his puppies came in. As he and his owner were leaving I went up to the receptionist and gushed, “Did you see him?!? Wasn’t he GORGEOUS!!!!!” She said, “Who? The guy???” I said, “NO!!! Not the GUY, the DOG!!!!!”
She just shook her head and said, “I should have known…”