Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shelter animals might become Colorado's state pet

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Colorado's state tree is the Blue Spruce.

The state animal is the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.

The state fossil comes from the Stegosaurus.

And while John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" might be one of the state's songs, it is second to that classic "Where the Columbines Grow."

The bison is gone from the upland,
The deer from the canyon has fled,
The home of the wolf is deserted,
The antelope moans for his dead,
The war whoop re-echoes no longer,
The Indian's only a name,
And the nymphs of the grove in their loneliness rove,
But the columbine blooms just the same.

Lonely, roving nymphs, pretty sure we still got those. At least, one would hope.

Anyway, if a bill proposed by Lakewood Democrat Andy Kerr, the state will be adding to its roster of symbols a state pet.

From his legislation:

DOGS (CANIS LUPUS FAMILIARIS) AND CATS (FELIS CATUS) THAT ARE ADOPTED FROM COLORADO ANIMAL SHELTERS AND RESCUES ARE HEREBY MADE AND DECLARED TO BE THE STATE PETS OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

So, what does this mean in practical terms? According to the fiscal note attached to the legislation, the state will set aside a few hundred bucks to commission a portrait of the new state pet.

The painting will serve as the basis for the image to be included in the state symbols and emblems brochure and will be installed with the other paintings honoring state symbols and emblems in the exhibition area of Mr. Brown's Attic. The cost of the painting is estimated at $350. Once the existing supply of state symbols and emblems brochures is exhausted, Legislative Council staff will work with Integrated Document Solutions, Division of Central Services, in the Department of Personnel and Administration to redesign the brochure to include the newly designated state pets. Brochure design costs are estimated at $300. Expenditures will be paid with cash funds collected from the sale of souvenirs at the Capitol gift shop.

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