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5 minutes with: the Dawgfather

Just when you think you’re out, Jerry Reddick’s hotdogs pull you back in. Reddick — more commonly known as the Dawgfather — has been an institution at Dalhousie University.

Just when you think you’re out, Jerry Reddick’s hotdogs pull you back in. Reddick — more commonly known as the Dawgfather — has been an institution at Dalhousie University since he first set up shop in front of the Student Union Building in 1998. Now, this Dawg finally gets his day.

So, why the Dawgfather?

I used to work down in front of the Palace and all my customers were students. They used to always call me “Dr. Dog.” And how I got the name the Dawgfather, one of the kids said, ‘Hey man, they should call you Dawgfather because you make people a dog they can’t refuse,” because he wanted credit. And I said, “Hey man, you can have that.”

And why do you serve at Dalhousie?

I just feed off the energy of the kids. I’m in my mid-50s, man, and these kids, they give me energy, they keep me young. I’ve seen kids now who were four years old when they walked past in preschool, and now they’re six-foot-four and 16 years old, reminding me I used to call them “little people.”

What made you want to sell hotdogs?

I wanted to do something where I didn’t have to go back to work in the real world, y’know, working for the man, so to speak. I knew that people have to eat, man, and especially because we have more students per capita than anywhere else in the world, so I said, hey, let’s give this a shot. And damn, I had no idea it’d take off like it did.

What’s your favourite story of your time working here?

This man brings his two kids by — they’re seven years old, OK? And about five months ago, the guy says, “Hey Dawgfather, my kids just left for Asia. They’re 19 now. They were seven years old when I first brought them to your hotdog stand.” So many wonderful stories, you just can’t imagine.

 
 
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