Missouri House Panel to Consider 3 Historical Dogs
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Three dogs from Missouri's past are in a competition of sorts to become part the state's identity.
The House Committee on Tourism and Natural Resources scheduled a hearing Thursday on bills proposing the canines as Missouri's "official state historical dog".
One of the nominees is "Old Drum," a dog that was dubbed the "best friend a man has" during a state Supreme Court case in 1870. Another bill proposes the honor for "Jim the Wonder Dog," a hunting dog that could supposedly predict future events.
Rounding out the field is a Newfoundland named "Seaman," renowned as the gentle giant that accompanied Lewis and Clark in their expedition across the Louisiana Purchase territory.