Jim The Wonder Dog (Who Predicted the Future!), Old Drum: Missouri's Official Dogs?

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The Jim website says:

Jim was much more than just a champion hunting dog since Mr. [Sam] VanArsdale found, quite by accident while in the field one day, that his dog could understand what he was saying to him and carried out his commands. It was a hot day, and Mr. VanArsdale said, "Let's go over and rest a bit under that Hickory tree". Although in a woods of numerous kinds of trees, he went to the Hickory. Surprised by this, he asked Jim to go to a Walnut, then a Cedar, a stump, and a tin can, which he did rapidly and perfectly.

This was the start of the amazing things the dog did on command. When told to do so, he could go out on the street and locate a car by make, color, out-of-state, or a license number. From a crowd he could select the "man who sells hardware", and the one who "takes care of sick people", or the "visitor from Kansas City".

He carried out instructions given to him in any foreign language, shorthand, or Morse Code. He was capable of predicting the outcome of future events. He chose the winner of seven Kentucky Derbies, The World Series of baseball and the sex of unborn babies.

Here's an amazing video on Jim the Wonder Dog. Watch the whole thing. You won't regret it.

"Some of the things that he could do were pretty amazing," says Hoskins.

And to the skeptics who say this is not a good use of lawmakers' time, he points out that his top priority is his economic legislation, but says this dog bill still gets the most attention.

Jim. - via

"I've received more phone calls, e-mails, media requests on this bill," Hoskins says.

Plus, he says, "There's quite a bit of support."

Here's the draft bill.

House Bill 306

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