Missouri Legislators Decline to Name an Official State Dog
The Missouri House of Representatives defeated the bill that would have inducted the Newfoundland breed and Seaman, the dog that accompanied Lewis and Clark, into the list of Missouri’s official state symbols.
Some state representatives objected to an official honor for Seaman because they thought there wasn’t enough evidence that he traveled through this state:
“If we’re going to have an official dead dog for the state of Missouri, we should have some evidence that the dog actually went to Missouri,” said Rep. Vicki Englund, D-St. Louis County.
Others commented that, now that Missouri has plenty of official symbols, “enough is enough.”
I’m happy with the results of the Missouri House’s vote, and I hope that Newfoundland fans will find ways to promote the breed outside of government. It just isn’t practical for the General Assembly to confer honors on everyone’s favorite animals. At some point, enthusiasts have to step back from lobbying the state and take their message directly to their fellow Missourians.