How many times in life have you thought that a dog represented you well? Perhaps even so well that they should have something a little special, like say a government-designated title?
That’s what we’re woofin’ over here at BarkPost. The dogs at BarkPost’s NYC office have been barking up a storm ever since they caught wind that their adoptable furry brethren in Georgia may just have the chance to have the coolest designation ever – the official state dog of Georgia. That’s right, the pooches at BarkPost’s office are preemptively celebrating by running through the halls with bacon-scented streamers, binging on chicken jerky treats while splayed out on the couches (and even some desks) and working on their pawtographs because you know, they were adoptable once, too.
Introduced this past Tuesday, House Bill 561 (HB 561), would make “the adoptable dog” the official state dog of Georgia. The bill passed through the Georgia House without any objection.
State Representative Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, was the perfect person to introduce the bill in March of 2015. Why? Because he was dressed for the occasion, wearing a Vineyards Vines tie called “Booze Hound.” The tie featured a Bloodhound sallied up with a martini glass. For this Tuesday’s introduction and vote, Rep. Wilkinson chose a Brooks Brothers blue tie, accented with yellow Labradors, who also sported their own ties.
Rep. Wilkinson has been a life-long animal lover, having everything from dogs to cats to rabbits to parakeets as pets. His beloved Corgi, Harmony, passed away in 2009. She left such a mark on him that it’s in his will that he wants to be buried with Harmony’s leash in his hand. He told us that animals had a huge impact on his life and that of his sister’s. They found solace in their family pets when their father suffered a massive stroke at the age of only 41. He hopes that introducing HB 561 will bring “attention to the plight of these homeless animals.”
Rep. Wilkinson has the right idea, as Georgia has its share of adoptable dogs just waiting to be find their furever homes and subsequently be treated like a celebrity because, “Hello, I’m Georgia’s state mascot. Now kiss my paws, hooman!”
Johanna Falber, the founder of Stubby’s Heroes, an organization in Georgia that uses education, activism, advocacy and outreach to fit Breed Specific Legislation, told us about two shelters in particular that could benefit from this bill. Fulton County Animal Services and DeKalb County Animal Services are both shelters that are managed by LifeLine Animal Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Atlanta, GA. That organization is “working to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters.”
To get a head start on the rest of crowd who will be clambering to adopt one of these new fangled celebri-dogs, you can view Fulton County Animal Services adoptable dogs here and DeKalb County Animal Services adoptable dogs here.
For Georgia residents who would like to call their Senators to express support for HB 561, they can go here to find the phone number at which they can contact their Senators directly.
As for us, we’re keeping our paws are crossed and hoping this Bill passes and helps to find forever homes for Georgia’s adoptable pups!