Lawmakers muzzle bill naming blue heeler state dog

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

BOISE, Idaho - Lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have declared blue heelers the official state dog of Idaho.

Republican Rep. JoAn Wood of Rigby introduced the measure Monday, bringing with her a constituent from Challis who testified blue heelers were the perfect choice for Idaho, with their trustworthy, loyal, independent and brave qualities.

Challis resident Elise Fake also touted the cattle-herding canine as a common fixture on Idaho ranches. But the proposal failed to win over the House State Affairs Committee, where Republican Rep. Ken Andrus offset praise of the dogs by pointing out he had lost sheep to blue heelers.

Other lawmakers on the panel were simply reluctant to favor one group of dog enthusiasts over another.

The committee voted 8-11 to ditch the proposal.

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