Rescue Dog Ethan Wins $20,000 Salary Job As Canine Beer Taster for Busch
Proving that every dog has its day, a canine left abandoned for dead in a parking lot in Kentucky in January has capped a remarkable few months by being named the “chief tasting officer” for a new product by brewery giant Busch.
Ethan captured hearts nationwide with his fight back to health after he had been left emaciated outside Kentucky Humane Society’s main campus in Louisville in January.
Weighing only 38 pounds, or half what he should have, animal experts worked hard to save his life. Veterinarian Emily Bewley described him as “the thinnest dog I have ever seen that is still alive,” the Louisville Courier Journal reported.
Covered in feces and urine, the experts concluded that Ethan had been starved for weeks and so the battle was on to get him back on the road to health.
After being placed on IV drips, the dog had to be fed every two hours. Facing breathing and neurological symptoms, it was touch and go whether he would recover, but eventually, his condition improved.
In March and now weighing a healthy 83 pounds, Ethan was adopted by KHS facilities director Jeff Callaway. In a post on KHC’s Facebook page, Callaway said that “he is already such a huge part of our family.
“From the very beginning, it’s always been about Ethan and what is best for him and his future,” Callaway added, “I believe with all my heart he is in the right place.”
However, 2021 had more in store for Ethan. Last month, a contest for the job of chief tasting officer for the alcohol-free, bone broth, Busch Dog Brew, was announced. The job included an award of $20,000, $800 in pet insurance, and 10 four-packs of the brew so that the winner could crack open a cool one.
Busch said on its Facebook page it had considered many candidates but chose Ethan, who is described as, you guessed it, “top dog.” The firm added in its statement—and those not partial to puns might want to look away now—”he had a fur-rific resume,” adding, “Please give him a round of apPAWS!”
There was much public speculation about Ethan’s breed. Following a DNA test, the KHA said that Ethan was a mix of Presa Canario, Mastiff, Argentine Dogo, Bull Dog, Cane Corso, and American Staffordshire Terrier.
Meanwhile, a post on Ethan’s Facebook page, which has more than 35,000 followers, described a remarkable year.
“In less than 4 months, he has come from being someone’s burden, someone’s afterthought, and not only survived but thrived and is now being recognized on a national level,” it said. Newsweek has contacted the Kentucky Humane Society for comment.
Published at Sat, 22 May 2021 13:38:25 +0000
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