Curious as to how a dog becomes official? Often, it's a civic lesson for schoolchildren, like the cases of the Alaskan Malamute and Chinook. One explanation from Shine reader Sharon:
"Some states end up "adopting" a state mascot (dog, animal, tree, mineral...) do so because of a school petition - some kid[s] thought they would get their school to nominate, or because of a state contest where people get to "vote" on their favorite. Often the contests are held through the schools so the kids vote or on-line. I'm sure some states have other methods, but these are the ones I am familiar with. It usually doesn't take up much time on the legislators part, some intern writes up the wording and during a session, when they are voting on stuff that is fairly "inconsequential" they get voted on and in."
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