MacKenzie - White English bull terrier (weighing 47 pounds) with a
rakish black mark around his right eye who was the canine mascot for the
Anheuser-Busch Beer Company's Bud Light commercials from 1987-89 (first seen
during the Super Bowl).
Billed as the "The Original Party Animal," Spuds with an
entourage of 3 beautiful women known as the Spudettes, danced, skateboarded,
high-dived, played hockey and rode horses across the TV screens of America. One poster campaign ("Free to Party") depicted Spuds at the
signing of the Declaration of Independence where he declared "Let the Party
Although popular with the public at large, such groups as The
Center for Science in the Public Interest and Mothers Against Drunk
Driving (MADD) decried the use of Spuds fearing it would entice
young children to drink alcohol. He was later "drafted" to warn
teenagers and other young people about the dangers of drinking and
Spuds' (actually a female) real name was Honey Tree Evil Eye. She also appeared in the Martin Mull, Dick
Shawn movie Rented Lips (1987).
Spuds' last years were
spent in the North Riverside, Illinois, home of her owners Stan and Jackie Oles.
After Spuds died of kidney failure in May of 1993 (at the age of 10) late night comedian Jay Leno informed the
television viewers of THE TONIGHT SHOW that the family requested that no flowers
be sent to the funeral but they could however send trees.
Parodies of the Spud's character appeared as Slurms MacKenzie
("The Original Party Worm") on the animated sci-fi cartoon FUTURAMA
and on the cartoon THE SIMPSONS as the Simpson family dog, Santa's
Little helper was hired as "Suds McDuff" (Duff Beer is Homer's
TRIVIA NOTE: Two other memorable TV ad dogs were the plump, yellow pooch who
loved a doggie treat called Snausages; and Ralston Purina's Beggin' Strips dog
who craved the taste of "BACON!!!"
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