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FRANKFORT — Say hello to the new “hot” dog, or maybe we should say hemp dawg on the street.  While the taste of this new dog isn’t spicy to the tongue, the sensational buzz that it has created in the food world, is well, sizzling.

Many may say that it’s everything a normal hot dog isn’t – healthy, lean, packed with protein and full of flavor, and that’s just what David Neville, owner of Kentucky Dawgs LLC, creator of the new hemp dawg, touts it to be.

“The hemp dawg is composed of beef and pork that is raised on local Kentucky farms and hemp seeds that are high in protein and packed with amino acids and Omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s,” says Neville.

Neville, a small farmer in Shelbyville and New Castle, first created this delicious masterpiece as a product for the 2016 Kentucky State Fair.  Since its creation, the hemp dawg has been praised by the Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Governor Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.  It has also been featured in USA Today and the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Neville’s hemp dawgs are definitely making a splash and it’s not just in Kentucky.  Since their debut in August, his hot dogs have been sold all over the United States, and he’s even selling to restaurants and other local distributors. His hope is to have these hot dogs in local retail stores.

Neville, who comes from a family of Kentucky State University (KSU) grads, graduated from KSU in 1985 with a degree in marketing.  He attributes much of his success to the education that he received from his alma mater.

“I’ve used the skills I learned from my degree since my first job where I sold equipment, now I use my degree to sell bulls and hemp dawgs,” Neville says.  “I’ve put my degree from KSU to use every day.”

Neville is currently in the process of creating a beef and lamb hemp dawg for those who may not consume pork.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University, affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society by providing student-centered learning while integrating teaching, research and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 1,700 students.

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