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New York’s state dog could be the mutt

Two New York state legislators plan to introduce a bill today to name an official state dog — and they’re suggesting it be the mutt.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, an Upper East Side Democrat, and State Senator Joseph E. Robach, a Rochester Republican, are proposing the legislation.

If passed, New York would join about a dozen states that have named state dogs, including the Chesapeake Bay retriever in Maryland, the Great Dane in Pennsylvania, the and the Boston terrier in … take a wild guess.

(If you think you know your state dogs, take this quiz — or, if you’re a cheater, go straight to the answers.)

No state has chosen the mixed breed — that most prolific of all dogs — to represent its state.

In New York, a spokesman for Kellner said the assemblyman would choose a rescue dog — as in rescued from a shelter — to symbolize the need for people to adopt pets from animal shelters and animal protection groups. Kellner has no dogs of his own, but he has provided foster care for several.

“He’s a huge advocate for animals in need,” the spokesman told the New York Times.

Also appearing at the announcement of the proposed bill will be Kim Wolf’s dog, Sarge Wolf-Stringer, a Philadelphia dog who was rescued in 2009 from an abusive owner by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and who now works with the elderly and hospital patients as a certified therapy dog.

(Photo: A Baltimore mutt named Martini)


Comment from Eighteen paws
Time April 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Hooray for mixed-gene, one-of-a-kind looking, diverse-personalty, big-hearted mutts! Where would we be without them? I love all dogs, all breeds, and yes, even have my favorites among the purebred variety, but in the end, all you need are 4 paws, a wagging tail and sweet eyes that lock tightly into your own. For high-falutin’ New York to nominate the Mutt, well, I just have to applaud. Good luck to them!

Comment from Joe Mirabito
Time April 22, 2011 at 8:39 am

When I heard that NY was to pick a state dog, I quickly said to my wife that it should be a mutt. Low and behold, that is what they are thinking. I love it.

Comment from Dr_Barnes
Time April 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

The Rescue dogs that searched for victims through the rubble of the Twin Towers, through the smoke and fire who gave their lives to find the victims of that horrible explosion. Those are the dogs that should be honored not rescue dogs that are here due to just running wild.
The Real Rescue dogs are Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Airdale Terrier, Beauceron, Bloodhound, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Belgian Tervurens and Belgian Malinois. You know the dogs you tried to ban from the great city of New York. These are the dogs that deserved to be the state dog of New York. How about Dorado a golden lab who led his blind master down from the 71st floor in time to get out of the building before it collapsed. These are the dogs that gave their lives for our loved ones on 911. Shame on you for ignoring those animals that truly work for the betterment of all dogs and human beings.

* “Anna” Atlas (1997-2002) – German Shepherd
* “Ellie” Barker (1996-2003) – German Shepherd
* “Dylan” Bobrosky (1994-2005) – German Shepherd
* “Kinsey” Deeds (1999-2007) – black lab mix
* “Git Ander” Gillespie (1994-2001) – German Shepherd
* “Pepe” Gilliland (1993-2006 – Border Collie
* “Ivey” Hachmeister (1995-2005) – German Shepherd
* “Metrodobe’s Spicy’s Sunnyboy” Hammond (1993-2004) Doberman Pinscher
* “Sheridan” Holleyman (1994-2004) – Border Collie
* “Socks” Lavoie (1991-2002) – German Shepherd
* “Ronnie” Lee (1996-2005) – German Shepherd
* “Sirius” Lim (1997-2001) – Yellow Lab
* “Cholo” Reitz (1994-2004) – German Shepherd
* “Louie” Rising (1994-2004 – Golden Retrevier
* “Riley” Roemer (1996-2005) – Golden Retrevier
“Kali” Peine Rottweiler May 4, 1999 to December 20, 2005
* “NiCad Batteries Rechargeable” Shane(1994-2003) Golden Retrevier
* “Bear” Shields (1990-2002)
* “Jenner” Wichmann (1992-2004)- Black lab
* “Jason” Wolff (1992-2004) – German Shepherd
* “Thor” Zintsmaster (1990-2004)- German Shepherd

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

@Dr_Barnes – While I fully understand your desire to honor those pure breed types that so valiantly assisted at ground zero after 9/11 (you mean those dogs HAVEN’T already been honored?!), I see no reason to denigrate the proverbial ‘Mutt’ in the bargain.
Is one canine soul worth less than another simply by reason of birth and pedigree? Do mutts love and/or help their humans any less than those with a better defined linage? Do they not also deserve a place of recognition in a society becoming increasingly enamored of ‘designer’ dogs, and other silly “of the moment” trends?
As for myself, I own, purely through chance and circumstance, a “Pure bred” (Pomeranian) female, who is one of the sweetest creatures ever to walk the earth, a trait that I believe is shared by ALL DOGS not psychically damaged or emotionally scarred by their human handlers, regardless of their breed specifics.
The “Mutt” is every bit as much a ‘dog’ as is any other, but aside from their uniqueness of personality, mutts also carry a further individual aspect not present in any so-called ‘pure breed’ – a physical uniqueness that makes them truly “One Off” individuals. Surely that has merit in this cookie cutter world.
We’ll always have “Lassie”, “Rin-Tin-Tin”, “Old Yeller” and the like to remind us of the the breeds we humans have created, now how about we honor “The Mutt” as an example of the breeds that our dogs have created? I’d like to think that there is enough room in our collective hearts for both. As a society we’ve undervalued the mutt, and THEY suffer as a result. It’s high time we changed that.

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Comment from Dan
Time August 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I say choose a Farm Collie as state dog of NY! They originated here and deserve recognition. No mutts, choose a Farm Collie – they were the backbone of the original America, popular on every farm, herded the sheep, fought predators, guarded children and Ol’ Shep was a farmers helping hand. Now they are so rare now, many have fallen out of favor due to fads. Please choose the American Farm Collie, our old Farm Shepherds of yesteryear…