Missouri House panel to consider three historical dogs

Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 7:57 a.m. CDT; updated 9:18 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 12, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Three dogs from Missouri's past are in a competition of sorts to become part 0f 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.


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Harold Sutton April 12, 2012 | 1:11 p.m.

"Jim. the wonder dog"is my choice. His time period was much longer than the others. There are to many stories about him to brush off as just legend and myth!

"Old Drum" was a man's best friend dog without any doubt but there were and are many just like him.

"Seaman" was really a dog of the nation and not exclusive to Missouri.

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