So I was reading a news story that talked about New Jersey now having a State Dog. Needless to say, I was getting a bit heated, thinking that NJ had a State Dog (the Seeing Eye Dog) and that New York did not.

New York has many more "things" than just the following:

  • State Bird, Bluebird
  • State Flower, the Rose
  • State Beverage, Milk
  • State Tree, the Sugar Maple.

And yes, as of the beginning of 2020 New York has a State Dog. The State Dog is the "Working Dog" or dogs who have been trained to give service to others.

The American Kennel Club President and CEO Dennis Sprung says of the legislation:

“Working dogs provide unparalleled service to individuals and to our communities in a vast array of roles from search-and-rescue, to disease detection, to military and police work, to therapy and service for the disabled. We are extremely pleased by this recognition of the value that all working dogs bring to our lives.”

Hats off to all dogs in every state, working dog or your best friend all dogs deserve to be recognized.

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