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Proposal would make cairn terrier state dog

January 30, 2012

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— The dog breed that played Toto in "The Wizard of Oz" might become a state symbol.

At the request of a constituent, State Rep. Ed Trimmer has introduced a bill that would designate the cairn terrier as the official state dog of Kansas.

Brenda Moore of Augusta, who works with the South Central Kansas Kennel Club, is pushing the idea. She says the breed was chosen because of its role in the movie, to avoid any conflicts with owners of other dog breeds.

Trimmer told The Wichita Eagle that he knows the state faces serious issues and he hopes the Legislature does not spend a lot of time on the proposal. But he says he introduced it because his constituents thought it was important.

Comments

pace 2 years, 2 months ago

So it is decided, The Kansas Dog should be the coyote.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

Prairie dogs are so misnamed, they are rodents! Farmers used to welcome all hunters to come eradicate them but have wised up. They now lease the property to hunters who want to shoot prairie rats.

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njbaker 2 years, 2 months ago

Evidently the legislatures of 11 states have already wasted the time to assign state dogs. At least we wouldn't be the first... http://www.netstate.com/states/tables/state_mammals_dogs.htm

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Blessed4x 2 years, 2 months ago

Am I truly the only that feels that if Mr. Trimmer were a Republican that that fact would be in size 72 font, bolded, Italicized and underlined in the article? No? Oh well.

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slvrntrt 2 years, 2 months ago

If I had his job, I'd Official State _ everything.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

Is there anybody who doesn't have a dog in this fight? (We'll need an impartial judge.)

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LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

Wait, I have it, the Prarie Dog.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

A vote for the Abyssinian wire-haired tripehound from this corner.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

Well, the state flower is also classified as a noxious weed.

So I nominate the mangy heinz 57 that survives by eating garbage or whatever else they can find.

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Beth Bird 2 years, 2 months ago

What an epic waste of time....typical of Kansas.....

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James Minor 2 years, 2 months ago

My Jack Russell Terrier thinks the state legislators don't know jack. Now he is pissed off because he gives back to the community daily and there was no mention about the Jack R being considered as the state dog.

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brewmaster 2 years, 2 months ago

Kansas already has a state dog and his name is: Don "Red Dog" Gardner.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 2 months ago

Not just no, but heck no! I'm with LadyJ, coyote.

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tange 2 years, 2 months ago

So, what's the state microorganism?

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LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

Instead of a state dog, how about a state Canis, which would include dogs, wolves, and coyotes. Since the Grey Wolf is suppose to be extinct in Kansas now, I nominate the coyote.

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Centurion 2 years, 2 months ago

If this goes threw, I'm sure the city commissionerds will want to RENAME a street after the mutt.

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Lynn731 2 years, 2 months ago

No wonder nothing gets done by the legislature. They either read the paper, or waste their time on silly crap like this. Thank you, Lynn

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 2 months ago

I doubt whether a vet-sharing database exists that could answer the question, but it would be interesting to know which breed is the most numerous in Kansas. And in other states, too, for that matter. A "dog demographic" if you will. You could even break it down by counties.

Personally I'm partial to hunting breeds, especially pointing and retrieving breeds. But if you look at it a certain way, the Cairn terrier is also a hunting breed in terms of its instinct to relentlessly pursue and kill vermin. Which makes me think that terriers as a general breed group might be the most numerous breed type in Kansas, especially in rural areas and small towns.

So although Kansas isn't exactly knee-deep in Cairn terriers, the breed is as good a candidate as any if you're looking for a "state dog". Which I'm not. Besides, my dog is the best dog, and not just here in Kansas but everywhere. I tell her this all the time.

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tange 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh, sure, they're cute, but Border Collie's are smarter and sure to get Kobach's nod.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 2 months ago

Add my lab to the list of the unhappy. These Cairn terriers are potlickers and nothing more.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 2 months ago

Does this mean the cairn terrier will have the same protections as bald eagle?

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lawslady 2 years, 2 months ago

And this representative who is in charge of finding a fix for the KPERS mess (years of under-funding it - knowingly - means they can't pay what was promised to current state employees)? No wonder we are in a financial crises! He spends tax dollars unwisely just to keep his job! We should take the money out of his own pocket. What money you say?

At the risk of repeating myself ad naseum when no one cares of listens, each and every time a bill is written up by Legislative staff it takes time and money (their salary money); it takes printing costs and mailing costs for the hundreds of copies to be printed up and mailed out. Then it has to be considered by some poor committee (even if it is just to shelve it). There was an estimate provided (a few years back) from Legislative Research that said each bill cost on avererage $5,000 per version. LJW, why don't you do some digging and find out what the average cost to develop, print, mail/distribute and work a bill is now? Then we can figure out how much money is being wasted by this kind of junk?

If you want to keep track of such bills, you can go to www.kslegislature.com and read all the bills being introduced. I bet by the time this year's "protect our jobs and make sure we get re-elected" lawmakers get done, they will have on-average wasted at least $5000 each by introducing such nonsense. I love dogs and this breed is a good choice for a state dog. But the last thing our pandering autocrats need to do is to spend money and time on this type of triviality. Fix the economy. Get money back in the pockets of tax payers. THEN after you get the real work done, maybe we might understand why it's OK for you to please a voter by spending $5000 of our tax dollars on something like this.

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

OK, the one thing in favor: The Cairn originated in the Highlands of Scotland .

and what else comes from Scotland? Of course, Scotch. Big Plus.

But other than toto what the hell does that dog have to do with Kansas or Kansans or Kansas history? zero.

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whats_going_on 2 years, 2 months ago

Do we need to waste the time and money to make this official? Pretty sure people already get annoyed at their dogs being called "Toto"

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RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

autie (anonymous) says… "In reflecting on somedude's comment, I think the state dog should be the Chili dog. With cheese and jalpenos..maybe some onions."

Katsup or mustard?

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

In reflecting on somedude's comment, I think the state dog should be the Chili dog. With cheese and jalpenos..maybe some onions.

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 2 months ago

What happened to Rin Tin Tin dogs and Lassie? A state dog, really? What do other states have?

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its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

I just told Cassie about this. She's very excited! I think there should be a big party and dedication for all Kansas Cairn Terriers, with Brownback and several other patriotic Kansans there---make it a GOP fundraiser. Would be fun! In spite of the fringe who would show up in protest.

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somedude20 2 years, 2 months ago

Hey, with the lack of smarts that many of these GOPer's have in this state, be darn lucky that we are not stuck with a hot dog as the state symbol

I would like Christina Hendricks are the state symbol (hey, Kansas has some hills)

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

♣woof, woof♣ Free all dogs.

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beatrice 2 years, 2 months ago

Kansas has to be named the official state band.

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beatrice 2 years, 2 months ago

Will the Flying Monkey be recognized as the state bird?

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kernal 2 years, 2 months ago

Cairn Terriers are pretty darn cute, but a lap dog as KS official state dog? How about tolawdjk's suggestion or a cattle dog. Cattle dogs are smart, work for a living and loyal to those they serve, unlike some governors in this country.

You don't suppose the constituent Rep. Trimmer is referring to is his family's very own Cairn Terrier?

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tolawdjk 2 years, 2 months ago

Why not a working breed, or a hunting breed instead of a damn yippie lap dog?

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amac 2 years, 2 months ago

I have two cairn terriers...we are very excited about this.

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irvan moore 2 years, 2 months ago

my cocker spaniel is not happy about this

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itsalwayssunnyinlarry 2 years, 2 months ago

i mean really... how much longer is Kansas going to keep trying to cash in on "Wizard of Oz"?

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Keith 2 years, 2 months ago

"But he says he introduced it because his constituents thought it was important."

Lost in transcription, it probably said constituent in the original.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 2 months ago

Having already solved all of the important problems of our state, it's nice to see members of the legislature keeping busy. And in such a creative manner, too. I mean, my goodness, what a fabulous concept linking to the movie. There's an idea that's gonna take off.

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Agnostick 2 years, 2 months ago

This should make a huge impact on the state economy, and bring in hundreds, if not thousands of new jobs. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to prosperity!

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Amesmb 2 years, 2 months ago

"Trimmer told The Wichita Eagle that he knows the state faces serious issues and he hopes the Legislature does not spend a lot of time on the proposal. But he says he introduced it because his constituents thought it was important."

......WHO thought this was important????

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