Bill would make Blue Weimaraner Nevada state dog

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Updated: 3/10/2013 11:30 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — There were barks and yips in the Nevada Senate as a Reno senator introduced a bill to make the Blue Weimaraner the official state dog of Nevada.

Sen. Ben Kieckhefer of Reno endured the good-natured howls from his colleagues when he introduced SB225 Friday.

Kieckhefer says the bill stems from a letter he received from a 9-year-old Reno boy, asking to make the breed Nevada's official state dog. A petition signed by his classmates was included.

Kieckhefer says he spoke with the boy's mother, and decided to turn the youngster's request into a civics lesson on the legislative process.

But the senator, who owns a pug and a lab, says he made no promises the bill would pass.

Another senator quipped that his beagle named Carson will object.


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nevrn - 3/10/2013 9:50 AM
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I totally agree with about our elected officials concentrating on the business of the people instead of wasting time on nonsense like this! I for one am sick of electing politicians who waste the citizens' time and money on nonsense like this. Do your jobs!!!

keastman - 3/9/2013 12:13 PM
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Choosing state colors, bird, songs, and more are to be representative of the state. How does this breed represent Nevada? Shouldn't the state dog be a ranch dog or one of those pit bulls in the velvet painting playing poker? Want to choose a state dog then have submissions with essay detailing a viable reason that the breed is representative of the people of Nevada. If this is suppose to be a lesson for thes students then teach the whole lesson of WHY the state flower or colors of the flag have true revue lance and meaning to Nevada. it is not just a I like the way this dog looks

Kramer - 3/9/2013 11:15 AM
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another "roll over"? What about the bear-huntin', car-chasin' "bad dog"? Now, that's Nevahda!

Speed - 3/9/2013 10:36 AM
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Exactly! And I think the Border Collie or Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler should be the State Dog,since Ranching is still one of our greatest industries here.

vietnamvet25 - 3/9/2013 9:32 AM
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And we are wasting limited legislative time and resources on this. And we wonder why our elected officials cant get anything done that is important

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