Bella Dog

Bella is a yellow lab with a heart of gold. She is a lover, a cuddler, and appreciates the finer things in life. She has a musical soul and is happy to debate politics, or just sit in quiet contemplation.

 

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A FOODIE SOUL

Like many dogs, Bella is a foodie, but her tastes aren't overly particular. She is a sucker for braised short ribs with a honey-remoulade on warm summer nights, but she also loves to eat trash off the ground. She isn't a wine drinker, per se, but we assume she would reach for a fine French cabernet if she could.

In one fateful week as a pup, Bella ate a favorite pair of shoes, a drivers license, an Xbox controller, reading glasses, and exploded a pen on the couch. She has since grown up and left her ransacking days behind her, but with the right set of eyes, one can still see a marauder hidden behind her unassuming smile.

TOYING WITH DESIRE

Bella was once a single-toy kind of dog. Her stuffed moose was her one and only; her moon and stars. But once she got into the modeling life, that all changed. She was given a snake toy as compensation for her modeling work, and her life changed irreparably. When she was told to pretend that her snake toy was a bra she was pulling, she never wanted to let it go. As these things often go, life imitated art, and Bella became obsessed with the art of pretend. Some say she is still pretending to this day.

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LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES

Bella doesn't have the know-how to create a Tinder profile, but if she did, we think it would be marvelous. Her picture would be of her in one of her many gallant poses outdoors. She would likely have a quote that reflected her contemplative nature- one that posed existential questions about doggie life...and it would probably be a bit of a bummer. 

Her macabre musings would be balanced out by her other myriad interests. Her friends call her Bella-copter; she's above your dog in everyway, but she's willing to stoop down and pick another dog up if the offer looks good enough.

 

Gus

Gus is a yellow Lab destined for stardom. He knows what he wants and is willing to work for it- often demolishing a jar of peanut butter just to get the last tiny licks from the bottom.  One of his nicknames is Eddie Haskell because whether he's at home or staying at a friend's house, he always plays the good dog until he's left alone, then he turns into a mischievous dog and makes himself comfortable on the couch, master bedroom, or anywhere else he wants.

 
 
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No Fear...Except a Completely Rational Fear of Vacuums

Wherever Gus goes, he goes boldly. Nothing can dampen his spirits- aside from that infernal vacuum. Gus is CONVINCED that the vacuum was placed on this earth to suck his brains out and eat him. So far, the vacuum has evaded Gus' thirst for retribution...but both of them know that a violent confrontation is just a matter of time.

Other than the vacuum, Gus holds no grudges and is always ready to show his softer side. He's not really one for toys, as the playthings he keeps around the house are actually gifts to be lain at the feet of the next visitor who walks through the door.


A Noble Namesake

Gus was named after Augustus McCrae, the legendary Robert Duval character in Lonesome Dove. McCrae's exemplary personality traits are plainly visible in Gus- he's a real man, solid to the core, and rugged to boot. Even more impressive is Gus' penchant for bravery; the picture at right shows Gus selflessly disregarding his own safety to save a wayward stick from the death grips of a rapidly-flowing river. The legendary tales of Gus' bravery are too numerous to retell here, but suffice it to say that he is the one you want on your side when all other hope has faded. 

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Down for Anything

Gus, or 'Hurricane Gustav' as he is affectionately known, is ready to tackle anything that comes his way. Like most (all?) dogs, he is unable to articulate his desires, but his Tinder profile would surely highlight some of his strengths. It would likely read something like this: "I may be getting a bit older, but I'm in great shape, I enjoy the outdoors, and I love getting wet and playing in the mud. I can also howl along with the Michigan State fight song 'Victory for MSU', so if you are a fellow alum, we are a match made in heaven!"

If given the choice to be another animal, he would choose to be a duck. His idol is his grandpa 'papa' who he adores and is always on guard when he's around. Gus aims to please, spend some time with him and you'll see its true.

 

 

Skagit

Skagit is a yellow Lab with a hunger for life...and snacks. He's a sucker for bananas, apple slices, and the occasional pig's ear/bully stick from Murdoch's. He goes by many names, including: "Skagit Compact" (like the fishing line), "Little Monster", and most often, "The White Dawg". If he were a rapper, he would be "Yung Wyte".

 
 
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Boats and Beers

Skagit has a deep love of water, and would rather be standing or swimming in a river than standing on dry land. He was named after the mighty Skagit river in Southern British Columbia/Northern Washington, which is a world-famous Salmon and Steelhead river that is equally beautiful and intimidating. In another life, he would surely be a fish of some kind.

Skagit is an opportunist- he's notorious for knocking over beer cans in the boat and drinking any beer that happens to spill out. Can't say we blame him for that!


A Classy Dog

Skagit exudes class from every pore. He's not one for dating apps, and prefers to meet ladies in more refined settings, like dog parks and pet stores. 

Though he's likely to win your heart at first glance, Skagit isn't without his faults- while hiking on one particular first date, he took it upon himself to pee on the unsuspecting female. Chalk it up to territoriality, or perhaps affection, but the act certainly had no malicious intent.

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A Lover of The Great Outdoors

Skagit was born for the outdoors. He's an ace at finding birds in the field and landing fish from the boat. He also loves skiing in the backcountry with his favorite human sidekick, and will get vocal about it if you aren't keeping up. On the flip side, he will also yawn extremely loud when he gets tired, just to let you know it's time for bed.

Skagit loves a good tennis ball (of course) and has a particular affection for rubber retrieving dummies shaped like game birds - his favorite has to be the Mallard duck.

 

HUCKLEBERRY

Huckleberry is the first Black Lab to model for White Dog. His personality matches the beer he's on: Huckleberry Sour. He's the perfect companion for a summer day...He is can be found in the wilds of Montana...just like huckleberries.


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Fave snack: Cheese of all kinds. He drools all over when I'm making grilled cheese. 

Favorite toy: Tennis ball

Quirks: When I leave for the day I allow him in and out of the house. Huck likes to steal my used socks, sweaty hats and other usually smelly mementos of me and bury them in the back yard as a keepsake. 

 

Naughtiest thing he's ever done: I was taking care of Huckleberry and his uncle and friend Junior. I was getting ready to leave on a fly fishing trip and had the door to the house open as I went in and out to the truck. It was the day prior to the fourth of July people were shooting off fireworks on the edge of town. Fireworks sound a lot like gun shots and to a hunting dog gun shots sound like a lot of fun. They chased after the sound in the dark and I was unable to find them despite being out on the lookout for several hours Huckleberry and his uncle Junior (my dad's dog) took off running into the night and weren't found until 7am the next morning. They were both returned by a runner who said they had followed him for 2 miles. By the time they were picked back up they had traveled almost ten miles. 

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LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES

Bella doesn't have the know-how to create a Tinder profile, but if she did, we think it would be marvelous. Her picture would be of her in one of her many gallant poses outdoors. She would likely have a quote that reflected her contemplative nature- one that posed existential questions about doggie life...and it would probably be a bit of a bummer. 

Her macabre musings would be balanced out by her other myriad interests. Her friends call her Bella-copter; she's above your dog in everyway, but she's willing to stoop down and pick another dog up if the offer looks good enough.

 

Shawny

Shawny is a model for White Dog's... beer. She is 

 
 

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