Ohio recently named shelter cats and dogs as its "state pet," and that got us wondering about the other kitties and canines that represent U.S. states.
Some of the most recent successful campaigns to name a state pet were started by schoolchildren, like they did in Colorado, where kids were the first to push for legislation promoting shelter pets.
Elsewhere, an Alaskan kindergartner created the campaign for the Alaskan malamute, and New Hampshire elementary school students worked to have the Chinook named its state symbol in 2009.
There have been a variety of other state campaigns to select official cat and dog breeds but currently, not all states have cat and/or dog mascots. Check out the full list below.
Alaska: Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamute. (Photo: jeffgunn/Flickr)
Louisiana: Catahoula leopard dog
Maine: Maine coon
Maine coon. (Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr)
Maryland: Chesapeake Bay retriever
Maryland: Calico cat
Massachusetts: Boston terrier
Massachusetts: Tabby cat
New Hampshire: Chinook
North Carolina: Plott hound
Plott hound. (Photo: hoyasmeg/Flickr)
Pennsylvania: Great Dane
Great Dane. (Photo: stevendepolo/Flickr)
South Carolina: Boykin spaniel
Boykin spaniel. (Photo: andreaarden/Flickr)
Texas: Blue Lacy
Virginia: American foxhound
Wisconsin: American spaniel