JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (AP/KMOX) – Here we go again; Missouri lawmakers are struggling with another critical issue.

The pressing question this time; what will be the official state historical dog? There are three choices, the nominees are:  “Old Drum,” a dog that was dubbed the “best friend a man has” during a state Supreme Court case in 1870.

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Jim the Wonder Dog


Then there’s “Jim the Wonder Dog,” a hunting dog that could supposedly predict future events.

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And finally a Newfoundland named “Seaman,” renowned as the gentle giant that accompanied Lewis and Clark in their expedition across the Louisiana Purchase territory.

The House Committee on Tourism and Natural Resources scheduled a hearing Thursday on bills proposing one of the canines as Missouri’s “official state historical dog”.

Historical dog bills are HB1778 (“Old Drum”), HB1863 (“Jim the Wonder Dog”), HB1813 (“Seaman”).

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