I did some homework and I’m not happy.
I talked in the last blog post about how Ohio is trying to have their state dog be a Labrador Retriever. My very next thought was, “I wonder what Indiana’s official state dog is??” I told you I’d look it up – and I did. After all, what kind of a pet sitter wouldn’t know what their state dog is??!
What the heck?
So, I did look up what the state dog for Indiana … and guess what? We don’t have one! Are you kidding me? I consider Indiana to be a true dog-loving state … so why no state dog? We have a state bird (the Cardinal) right? A state tree (the tulip tree), a state flower (the peony) a state insect (yes, we even have a state insect: the Firefly) and (oddly) a state pie (sugar cream pie – which now I have to try) – BUT NO STATE DOG!
I found 12 states that have state dogs and the year that it became official –
- Maryland: Chesapeake Bay retriever (1964)
- Pennsylvania: Great Dane (1965)
- Virginia: American foxhound (1966)
- Louisiana: Catahoula leopard dog (1979)
- Massachusetts: Boston terrier (1979)
- South Carolina: Boykin spaniel (1985)
- Wisconsin: American water spaniel (1985)
- North Carolina: Plott hound (1989)
- Texas: Blue Lacy (2005)
- New Hampshire: Chinook (2009)
- Alaska: Alaskan malamute (2010)
- Georgia: No specific breed, but any “adoptable dog” (2016)
But, alas… no state dog for Indiana.
Just curious, if it was up to you – which breed would you choose as the official Indiana state dog and why?? And secondly, have you ever had sugar pie?