One of the Bush’s Baked Beans Dog Actors Dies

We learned sad news this week about one of the golden retrievers who portrayed the Bush’s Baked Beans dog, Duke in various commercials.

His real name was Sam, but you probably would recognize him as Bush’s Baked Beans dog “Duke.”

A popular advertising campaign featured a golden retriever — several different ones over the years — as a sidekick to Jay Bush. “Duke” was always trying to sneak away the hidden family recipe, but was always outsmarted in the end.

Duke the talking Golden Retriever made his first appearance in a Bush’s ad in the summer of 1995. It doesn’t take a math major or even much of a calculator to figure out that the campaign has been going on for 23 years. No single dog could have played the role for that long. Sam, in fact, hadn’t portrayed Duke for quite a while.

But there’s something about the Golden Retreiever: they’re so good-natured, so friendly, that it doesn’t matter which one Sam happened to be. It’s still sad that he’s no longer around.

In a Facebook post shared nearly 100,000 times, the poster explains that Sam’s trainer had to euthanize because of an aggressive cancer.

In expressing their condolences on social media, some noted Sam’s death came less than a week before a major baked-bean-eating holiday: the Fourth of July.

Perhaps some others have noted that Sam is the latest in a long line of Golden Retrievers to die from cancer.

Study works to determine cause of sharp rise in Golden Retreiver cancer cases

The Golden Retriever is my second-favorite dog breed. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you probably know the Rough Collie, the “Lassie” dog, is my favorite.

But I see more and more friends who own Goldens facing the heartbreaking diagnosis of cancer for their four-legged friends. In fact, the cancer rate Golden Retrievers is about 60 percent, one of the highest in the dog world. Healthy Pets reports the spike in cancer for the breed is fairly new, having started in the 1990s. But a study that follows the breed through their entire lives is trying to determine what the cause is.

Experts have already noted that the cancer is high in North American Golden Retrievers, but not in their European counterparts.

The study hopes to determine the cause and hopefully find a way to mitigate it in future generations.

In the meantime, the site offers five ways to help reduce the chances of cancer in your dog, no matter what the breed.

Our dogs are a big part of our families; we want to keep them around for as long as we can.



Leave a Response

We'd love to hear from you, but remember all comments must be respectful. We reserve the right to remove comments that do not follow our comment guidelines. Click here to review our comment policy.

Your name, as provided, will display on the website with any comment you leave. Your email address and your browser’s IP address does not display publicly and we do not share or sell your email address or IP address to anyone.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.