Thursday, April 21, 2011

The National Mutt

Virginia has the Foxhound as an official state dog. Pennsylvania has the Great Dane. Now there's Great news for mutts. New York might soon have a new state dog: rescue dogs.

Many people say they make the best family pets, including hundreds of this blog's readers.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, an Upper Eastside Democrat, and State Senator Joseph E. Robach, a Rochester Republican, are partnering up to give the honor to rescue dogs, as in dogs who are rescued and put up for adoption in shelters. The New York Times is billing it "the tail of two cities.'' Kellner is a huge advocate for rescue dogs, according to The New York Times. The bill is being introduced today. A dozen states have official dogs. This is the first time rescue dogs get the nod.

Cat lovers couldn't be outdone. Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal said Wednesday that she would introduce legislation to make the "rescue cat" the state's official feline.

Is this a good respite from all that talk about national debt and health care reform? Let's take it national.

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