|KC Star photo|
Anyway, these first-graders were studying Kansas, and they learned that there is a state tree and a state song and a state salamander. So they decided they wanted to ask the legislators to make a new State Something. They came up with lots of ideas, and finally they thought there should be a state fish. But then they found out there already was a state fish.
Their teacher, Molly Gentz, said, "Kansas has big issues, but I just feel like this is something that has been an amazing learning experience for my kids."
A cairn is a pile of rocks, and it can be big or little, tall or short. Some cairns are really big, and they were used for burial sites. Other cairns are like markers show you where a trail goes or where the very tip-top of a mountain is.
|1879 Painting of Cairn Terriers|
by Fanny Moody
Cairn Terriers have a double coat, and it can be any of these colors: cream, wheaten, red, sandy, gray, or brindle. Pure black, black-and-tan, and white are not permitted. If a Cairn is white, it has to be registered as a Westie. Cairn Terriers weigh 13-18 pounds, are 9-13 inches tall, and live 10-15 years.
So that's the story of how Kansas might get a State Dog. As far as I know, Missouri has not thought about having a State Dog, but if they ever do, I think the basenji would be a good choice!