Newfoundland for Oregon State Dog?
Becky Davis, 40, a woman from Hubbard hopes to finally establish the Newfoundland as Oregon’s official state dog during this year’s Legislative Days. She, along with her mother and son, will give a presentation on Thursday to the House Rules Committee. Davis owns eight newfoundlands, and two, Shadrach and Olga, will be in attendance. Gilliam’s chief of staff, Rebecca Gilliam, has not promised that anything will come out of the hearing, as Gilliam is already sponsoring two bills, the limit for the short-session.
For the past few years Davis has been emailing various officials in the Legislature, but no one has answered until Rep. Vic Gilliam, R- Silverton, who helped to procure the meeting. In her favor, she notes the story of Seaman, a newfoundland who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition throughout the country. Davis also has a personal connection to the breed, having used them as therapy dogs for years, and accrediting them for her recovery from her chronic anxiety and agoraphobia.
Eleven states already have state dogs. Alaska has the Alaskan malamute, Louisiana the Catahoula leopard dog, Texas the blue lacy. Past dog breeds suggested for Oregon include labrador retrievers, welsh corgis, and german shepherds.
Alaska Alaskan malamute
Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog
Maryland Chesapeake Bay retriever
Massachusetts Boston terrier
New Hampshire Chinook
North Carolina Plott hound
Pennsylvania Great Dane
South Carolina Boykin spaniel
Texas Blue lacy
Virginia American foxhound
Wisconsin American water spaniel
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