Since it disappeared from the A&W menu in 2017, there’s one legacy item that fans have been committed to getting back: The Whistle Dog.
The Whistle Dog is a A&W classic that was beloved by Canadians for decades. While it was available, it grew such a dedicated following. Since its departure, Whistle Dog fans have started petitions, written songs, rallied support on the radio, and filled up the brand’s comment sections on social media, all in an attempt to bring the iconic hot dog back.
Take one person in Manitoba, for instance, that went out of his way to comment on every single A&W Instagram post since 2021 saying, “Bring back the Whistle Dog!”
Then there’s a Calgary morning radio show host who even started an online petition to get the Whistle Dog back.
A&W listened and is delivered, as The Whistle Dog returned to A&W restaurants across Canada on July 25, for a limited time. The Whistle Dog comes in a toasted bun with relish, topped with real cheddar cheese and bacon.
“Our guests have been very persistent,” says Amanda Wang, director of national promotions and loyalty at A&W. “Given our new partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays, this felt like the perfect summer to bring back the Whistle Dog and give the people what they want.”
To celebrate its limited-time return, A&W is releasing “Bring Back the Whistle Dog”, a documentary about the cult menu item and the lengths its die hard fans have gone through to get it back. The film, to be released on August 12, will be accessible via A&W’s social channels and YouTube.