Tuscaloosa has been home to quite a few All-Americans who have played football for the University of Alabama.
But Tuscaloosa is now home to an All-American Dog: Phoebe, a hot dog-eating Great Dane who was born on the Fourth of July.
Phoebe was chosen from among thousands of entries in whiskey-maker Early Times' “All-American Dogs” contest.
“She is still a puppy even though she can look me straight in the eye when she is on her hind legs,” said Phoebe’s owner, identified only as Rhonda, in a news release from Early Times. “We are teaching her manners and hopefully we can teach her to quit stealing hot dogs off the kitchen counter.”
Phoebe's photo will be featured in the Early Times 2020 All-American Dogs calendar. On Monday, an Early Times billboard off McFarland Boulevard near Bowers Park will recognize Phoebe's achievement.
“Phoebe was a special choice. Not only was she born on the Fourth of July, but she also has a really warm, kind heart,” said Dallas Cheatham, a senior brand manager for Early Times. “We also appreciated the fact that when she stands on her hind legs, she can snag hot dogs off the counter. There’s nothing more All-American than being born on the Fourth of July and enjoying a good hot dog.”
A dozen dogs from around the country were selected as "All-American Dogs."
Early Times' website, www.earlytimes.com, has profiles of all of the dogs, which include stories of life-saving heroics, farm life, cross-country hiking trips and companionship. The 2020 calendar can also be downloaded from the website, but users must be 21 or older to enter the site.
Other dogs featured on the calendar are:
• Callie, an Australian Shepherd from Lexington, Kentucky
• G-Man, a bloodhound from Bell Buckle, Tennessee
• Kosmo, a Golden Retriever from Baltimore, Maryland
• Luna Mae, a Bluetick Coonhound from Asheville, North Carolina
• Remington, a Blue Heeler/Australian Shepherd mix from Mentor, Ohio
• Riley, a mixed breed from Lafayette, Indiana
• Ryder, a Great Pyrenees from Richmond, Virginia
• Whiskey, a Staffordshire Terrier mix from Bossier City, Louisiana
• Duke, a Rat Terrier from Racine, Wisconsin
• Duke, a rescue dog from Boston, Massachussetts
• Earl, a rescue dog from Louisville, Kentucky