by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
The famous golden retriever Duke Bush, who was always after the secret family recipe, has passed away. The dog was the mascot for the Bush’s Baked Beans commercials and always tried to learn the secret recipe as to why the beans were so tasty. In one of the notable commercials Jay, his TV owner, tells Duke that he will know the recipe, “When pigs fly.” Duke then placed a pig with flight gear and fake wings up on the roof at the end of the commercial.
Duke’s real owner is a woman known as Susan and Duke’s real name is Sam. Together they lived in Apopka, Florida where Susan trained animals, like her dog Sam, for commercial work. It was with a heavy heart that one June 27th Susan had to euthanize Sam who was losing a devastating battle to cancer. The Bush Bean company tweeted out their condolences on Tuesday expressing that Duke has been a character, played by numerous dogs in 20 years. They even state that they will miss Sam but will continue to have a Duke character in the commercials since the golden retriever is a famous mascot for their brand. Rest in Peace Sam.