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Sixth State Chooses the SAME ‘State Animal’…and It Is AWESOME

No one with a heart is complaining about the overlap.

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For many US locales, the idea of official “state birds” and official “state trees” is little more than a symbolic gesture meant to deepen the identity of the particular territory.

The list of “official” state animals, for instance, is a smorgasbord of iconic creatures whose relation to the area is intrinsic in both history and in popular culture.  For instance, Georgia has the Brown Thrasher as their state bird – a designation that inspired a now-gone NHL hockey team as well as a delicious coffee brand.  Texas has given honors to both the Nine-banded Armadillo and the Texas Longhorn, both wholly iconic in the state.

And, really; could Alaska have picked anything other than a Moose for their “state mammal”?

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But there is another animal out there who has now become the official “state animal” of six states here in America, and no one is complaining about the overlap.

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As a means of raising awareness for animal adoption, the state of Ohio has just made shelter pets their state animal.

The designation was officially instated last week after the Ohio Senate approved Senate Bill 86.

Ohio is not the first to pass such legislation advocating for animal adoption; Colorado, California, Georgia, Illinois, and Tennessee have all made shelter pets their official state animal, and Texas and Oregon are currently considering similar measures, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The plight of shelter pets around the nation is a heart wrenching problem in many parts of the United States, with unwanted animals being dumped not only at shelters and pounds, but out in the wild as well.

And, personally, as the owner of the most precious rescued pitbull in the entire world, [Author’s note:  This is a fact…I don’t care what Snopes says], I can only hope to see other states make similar strides to better the lives of these once-forgotten animals.

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Single Mom Who Lost Job During Lockdown Gives Lottery Winnings To Cop Shot In The Line Of Duty

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With nearly endless coverage of all the chaos and violence bombarding us on network news, not to mention the whole fight over mask mandates, coronavirus safety measures, and everything else happening in the world, it can be easy to think there’s no goodness left in the world. Of course, as long as Jesus Christ is on the throne we know that’s not true, but sometimes, you just need to be reminded that He’s still at work in the world around us. And He is, folks. He truly is. That’s why we need to hear stories like the following. Apparently, a single mom who lost her job during the lockdown over coronavirus, has donated lottery winnings to a police officer that was shot in the line of duty. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: Shetara Sims lost her job amid the coronavirus pandemic and had $7 to her name, local outlet WITN reported Tuesday. She found a $1 bill in a grocery store parking lot, bought a scratch-off ticket, and won $100. Her daughter, Rakiya Edmonson, suggested they donate the money to an officer who was shot on the job on July 2 and remains in the intensive care unit. “She won $100, and I said we should donate it to the police officer that got shot for his family to go eat and see him,” Edmonson said. Sims agreed with her daughter and said she was motivated to donate because of the empathy officers had shown her following her sister’s 2012 murder. Sims went on to discuss how detectives were really there for her and her family during that difficult season of life. “The detectives were really there for us. They were there for us more than anyone I can imagine. They did things they didn’t have to…

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Craft Beer Customers Leave Unopened Can of Pale Ale on Bar for Fallen Soldiers

The gesture did not go unnoticed.

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There really isn’t anything more American than craft beer. Before the experiment called “prohibition”, America was home to well over 2,500 breweries, with a vast majority of these businesses being family-operated and neighborhood-focused.  The banning of alcohol in the early 20th century brought this number down to around a half dozen or so companies, nearly all of whom converted their factories to produce medicine or dairy products in order to survive. Now, thanks to the resurgence of craft beer, Americans have their choice of nearly 4,000 smaller breweries to buy their swill from. And this doesn’t include brands like Coors, Miller, or Budweiser, who have all been gobbled up by giant, foreign conglomerates, making them no longer American-owned companies. In Atlanta, Georgia, the undisputed king of craft beer is Sweetwater – a brand usually focused on recreation and leisure. As visitors experience the brewery’s newly renovated taproom over Memorial Day Weekend, something special and spontaneous happened. To that, we simply say “cheers”.

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