Nov 15, 2015

Captain Morgan Meets The Black Dog – Black Dog Journey

With Christmas approaching, it’s that time of year for the sweet, thick, egg-coloured creamy fluid known as eggnog.  As delicious as this beverage already is, it can be even better once Captain Morgan has been introduced.  While the real Captain Morgan’s exploits may be frowned upon today (he reportedly married his cousin), the alcoholic beverage is a tasty addition to the sweet and thick treat believed to have originated in medieval Britain.

Beautiful Barrier Lake can be seen in the background.

Beautiful Barrier Lake can be seen in the background.

Having recently visited the Rocky Mountains, with more than a dusting of snow, I reminisced of the Christmas season, a warm fire, and a glass of rum and eggnog.  Ahhh…relaxing by the fireplace with a good book, a spited glass of eggnog, and my favourite four legged friend sounds like a night for me!

How does the Black Dog fit into rum and eggnog?  Until recently, I thought it impossible to incorporate Black Dog into a Christmas drink.  Apparently, his Gene Simmons like tongue fits quite well into a tasty glass of rum and eggnog…it’s disturbingly long like that of an anteater.  Captain Morgan wholeheartedly introduced himself to my dog.

It was a cold November night, with a sprinkle of snow on my lawn, when I poured myself a rather heavenly drink.  I hadn’t sampled this delectable treat since attending the ballet, to watch the Nut Cracker, almost a year before.  I poured a 1/4 ounce of Captain Morgan Rum, with 4 ounces of eggnog, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.  Sitting down in the living room after this, I was momentarily distracted (not overly difficult).  I naively placed my drink on the floor, beside the couch, to leave for another room.  I assumed that my noble partner of eight years didn’t drink.  After all, he hadn’t consumed a drop in the entire time that I’ve known him.IMG_2287

From the kitchen I heard a rather loud slop, slop, slop.  Since my faithful companion’s water bowl was unoccupied, I found it rather odd to hear loud sloppy drinking nearby.  I quickly learned the Black Dog enjoyed the Christmas cheer as much as I do.  Don’t worry, he only drank a quarter of my freshly poured drink…the remainder landed on the living room floor.IMG_2285

Perhaps the Black Dog misses eight years of action packed excitement as much as I do, and  is still settling into retirement. He just wanted to kick back and relax with me.  It’s okay Black Dog, we’ll pass the time and reminisce together.  I couldn’t get upset with the old guy so I poured another drink to kick back, have a laugh, and relax with my favourite pal.

Life Lesson

While I don’t endorse sharing a rum and egg nog with your dog, be aware of the fact that our four legged companions are constantly watching us.  Perhaps ten or twelve thousand years of canine evolution have taught them to be opportunistic.  While I jest, I don’t recommend alcohol as a stress release.  Drink responsibly and, just as importantly, remember that a cup of eggnog contains 240 calories (I think the Black Dog can handle the extra calories though).

By the way, if you have a tasty recipe for rum and eggnog then please send it my way.  I won’t share it with the Black Dog.  Cheers!

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  1. Erin Says: November 15, 2015 12:56 pm

    What a great page! You brought me to your time and place, you gave me recipe and a tidbit of Captain Morgan trivia. You and Black Dog made me laugh and it was a story that I can relate to – only it involved a tan, white and black dog and a hot dog. Then you bring it home by telling me what you have learned. Yours is a page I will remember and I thank you for it:-)

    • Shawn Says: November 15, 2015 7:22 pm

      Hi Erin, thanks for the visit! I think most of us have had our dogs sample something at one point or another. I appreciate the comments. Cheers.

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  3. Adi Says: November 18, 2015 2:21 am

    Haha I’m glad Nox is settling into his retirement and letting the inner dog in him come out. The Original Bad Doggie at my house is quite an opportunistic artist and not one scent of food gets by her – awake or sleeping!

    • Shawn Says: November 21, 2015 2:44 am

      His inner dog has certainly come out. He’s become refined enough to take naps in bed and on the couch…seizing the opportunity as well. He’s earned it!

  4. Tyler Redlev Says: November 24, 2015 9:03 am

    Ahahaha good post. I just love your dog. I haven’t tried egg nogs in my whole life, maybe because in my country it’s not widespread. Well actually it doesn’t exist at all. I really wonder how will they taste with captain morgan rum. Can you give me any more interesting drink ideas that you consume yourself?

  5. Barefoot Runner Says: December 2, 2015 2:47 am

    Thanks for a great story and heads up on not leaving my drink unattended!

    Glad Black Dog is enjoying his retirement and restricting his handler’s alcohol intake 😉

    Personally, I like to substitute a third or even half of Captain Morgan for Crown Royal with the eggnog. Pending on the size of eggnog or type of relaxing evening, it could be an addition instead of a substitution 😉

    • Shawn Says: December 2, 2015 8:16 am

      Hmm…I like the sound of that. I never thought of introducing Royalty to the Captain. I hope the Black Dog doesn’t think he’s been knighted if he samples Crown Royal…I’ll do my best to keep him away from it.

  6. Jessica Says: January 7, 2016 6:09 pm

    Hi Shawn,
    Your post really took me back to Christmas and all the warm fuzzy feelings you get. I am not an egg nog fan, but I like some Coconut Captain Morgan in the mixed drinks we make for Christmas. I do like how you reminded people to not give alcohol to their pets. The holidays are when there is a spike in pets going to emergency care and things like giving them alcohol are reasons why. I also don’t think egg nog is good for them either. But who wants to share that egg nog spiked with some yummy rum.

    • Shawn Says: January 8, 2016 3:51 am

      Lol, I’ve never heard of Coconut Captain Morgans. It sounds like something one would purchase in Hawaii. I’ll have to sample it sometime, as it sounds delicious.

  7. Julie Says: January 22, 2016 5:58 pm

    The black dog story is hilarious! I’m a dog lover myself and found this to be really entertaining. I do live in Asia though and where I come from, eggnog isn’t really popular but I’ve always been really curious to try it. I’m a fan of Captain Morgan and after reading your post I’ll be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shawn Says: January 26, 2016 9:42 am

      Thanks, one can’t be too serious all the time. I wouldn’t imagine eggnog would be too popular in Asia, but it’s good to see Captain Morgan is a world traveller….lol.

  8. Cherree Says: February 13, 2016 2:40 am

    Hi Shawn,
    It’s nice that someone finally spelled the name “Sean”, the way it should be spelled !!!
    I really liked your “About Me” page.
    Nox, is a great name for a “Black German Shepherd” He is beautiful.
    I like your posts very much and the pictures that you used are beautiful.
    Continue to build out your content, and I would remove the “Proudly Powered by WordPress”from your footer.
    All -n- all, great website !!

  9. Dorina Says: February 23, 2016 8:02 am

    So nice!Interesting story about how to guard yourself,about how you brought this lovely black dog close to you and your sorrows,I felt a measure of suffering of life,I felt how the heart open naturally,moving to an extension of confort,mute to share the pain.The tenderhearted conection with the black dog,how to move the sorrows and to become a transformer for the sorrows near a black dog and a bottle,is really amazing.I like it!


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