New York’s New State Dog: The Mutt?

Two mixed breed dogs

Just carrying out the responsibilities that come with being a State Dog of New York.

If you live in New York State, you watch the legislature the way you watch a horror movie: with your fingers partially covering your eyes so you can look away quickly if something too scary happens.

But not this month. NY Democratic Assemblyman, Micah Kellner, and Republican State Senator, Joseph E. Robach, have proposed legislation to make “rescue dogs” the state dog of New  York.

Given that New York has been a major port of entry for immigrants to the United States and contributed greatly to diversity of its citizens, I think choosing a “mutt” to represent our state instead of a pure breed is a great idea. And of course, the legislation, regardless of whether it passes, will bring more attention to adopting shelter dogs.

I first got wind of this legislation in last Sunday’s newspaper. But leave it to John Woestendiek to sniff out the story first. You can see his even earlier post about it over at ohmidog! (John is also the author of the excellent Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend.)

Do you have any dog-friendly news from your state? Is there an official dog for your region of the country?

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  1. Well, how cool is that!

  2. I hope it passes!

  3. I think that is such a great idea. What awesome PR for dog rescue!

    The official dog of Nova Scotia is, naturally, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. I think it’s interesting that states and provinces have official dogs period. It shows how important dogs are, even to the government.

  4. I think it’s a great idea. I live in the Philippines now and their mutts are called Askals, which basically translates into dog from the street. ASo is dog, and KALye means street. Anyway, they started a soccer team here and no one wanted to sponsor them so they decided to call them the Askals.