9-Year-Old Makes Case for Nevada State Dog

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy says his pet dog named Cheeto is beautiful, strong and independent - just like the people of Nevada.

Those were the arguments Brenlon Dillard made Monday to members of the Senate Government Affairs Committee, seeking to name the blue Weimaraner (WEYE'-mer-an-er) Nevada's official state dog.

The committee took no action on SB225.

But the Reno third grader ran into resistance from a member of a long-time Nevada family, whose grandfather was a sheepherder.

Neena Laxalt proposed an amendment substituting the border collie instead of Weimaraner as the state dog.

The daughter of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt says sheepherders are part of Nevada's culture and the familiar black and white breed has earned the distinction should a state dog be named.