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.