On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Angela Ferrari, President of New Hampshire’s Dog Owners of the Granite State (NH DOGS), presented a painting to the House Environment and Agriculture Committee of New Hampshire’s official state dog, the Chinook. NH DOGS commissioned the painting by John Havrilla of www.doggiepaintings.com as a gift in recognition of the committee’s hard work and in anticipation of National Purebred Dog Day on May 1, 2022. The painting was completed with photo assistance from the Chinook Club of America. It will be hung in the committee’s hearing room for everyone to enjoy.
National Purebred Dog Day is a day to celebrate the pride, predictability, and purpose of purebred dogs and promote the preservation of our amazing breeds. The Chinook is a breed of sled dog, developed in the state of New Hampshire during the early 20th century and owes its existence to one man, Arthur Treadwell Walden of Wonalancet, New Hampshire. Although still used for recreational dog sledding by some owners, many Chinooks today enjoy lives as family pets. Chinooks also enjoy many other activities, including dogpacking, search and rescue work, skijoring, and obedience and dog agility trials.