Mom forwarded this link from the New Hampshire News, which says that Robert and Chinooks like him will most likely become the official state dog of New Hampshire. This bill was the idea of a seventh grade teacher and her class and she says the students did most of the work involved in getting it passed in the State House and Senate. What a great way to learn about the legislative process, although one does have to wonder about the 23 house representatives who voted against it. The bill was passed unanimously in the Senate and is now on its way to the Governor for signing.
Since most breeds of dog seem to have originated in Europe, New Hampshire is one of very few states that can actually boast that they have a dog breed that originated there. The first Chinook was bred in 1917 and he was named Chinook. He led Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic expedition and became a household name at the time when he didn’t return from that trip. The Chinook Trail in NH was named in honor of him and all the signs have his picture on them. Also, Boeing’s Vetrol division, maker of the Chinook helicopter, had a Chinook named Charger as a mascot.
Click here to watch a short news video about the story and featuring 9 Chinooks.
For more factoids, click the American Kennel Club.
For more history of the breed, click The Chinook Owners Association.