Mako's Own Fish Story...
When Erich Lichtenberger 7 years old, his Grandfather took him fishing for the first time. After that, Erich was "hooked on fishing." When he was 18 years old, Erich set out on a routine fishing trip, wade-fishing off a west Florida beach (which shall remain nameless). He had just added a nice 27 inch trout to his stringer, when something bumped his legs. Then he was bumped again.
Erich looked down and saw the huge shadow of a shark gliding off in the water. His first thought was to "get on his ‘Jesus-Shoes’ and high-tail it back to the beach." Then thought, "There’s no way I’m going to let this shark get my fish. I’m going to fight him! Erich jumped right onto the back of the shark! The shark thrashed wildly and rolled. Erich hung on. on and on the battle raged, with the Mako twisting and snapping and Erich hanging on. Just when he thought he could hold on no longer, the shark’s efforts to free him ceased. Erich slipped off the shark, and it cruised away.
Ever since then, Erich has always remembered that Mako shark, even to the point of naming his business after it.....
What You Have Just Read is True... Well, some of it is true.
Erich did learn to fish with his grandfather when he was 7. He did go wade fishing alone when he was 18. And he was bumped by a shark. Safe to say that the size and identity of the shark MAY have been greatly exaggerated, And his first though was quickly put into action as he high-tailed it back to the beach. Other than that...
The truth of the matter is that shortly before he started his business, Erich wanted a Mako boat, and his wife, PK, wanted a Labrador Retriever Puppy.
Erich, being a wise and diplomatic fellow, bought PK the puppy, named the puppy Mako, and named his business after the puppy.
13 years later, Erich finally got his boat....
Although Mako is gone, her legacy lives on. Since Mako, we have always had Mako's descendants as our store dogs. We have said goodbye to Mako, Orca,Bonito, and Flounder, and are now "owned by" Mako's granddaughter, Tuna, great-granddaughter, Snapper and Tuna's grandson, Cuda. Tuna and Snapper are Therapy Dogs registered with Therapy Dogs International, Inc., and Cuda is training to become a Therapy Dog, too (although he has a way to go). They hang our with the staff at the store, and you can meet them on your visits.