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As long as the state legislature is still engaging in a dogfight of a session -- with various canine-related bills moving through the Albany houses -- here's another one to chew on.

Awaiting Senate action is a measure that would designate the "service dog" as the official state dog. Intentionally, a breed is not specified. The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is pushing for the bill.  From its bill memo in support, via Tom Shanahan, who represents the organization:

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"If anyone needed a reminder of the selfless benefit service dogs provide the people of New York, it was offered earlier this month by Figo, a guide dog in Brewster, N.Y., who threw himself in front of a bus in a desperate attempt to protect the life of his blind handler, Audrey Stone.

"We take some pride in the knowledge that Audrey and Figo are graduates of the Guide Dog Foundation program, but far more so in the knowledge that there are so many other service dogs providing different kinds of assistance to people in this state."