ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has become Minnesota’s most well-known dog owner, and now he’s adding to his pack.

Dayton says Thursday he’s getting a black, male German Shepherd puppy born on Aug. 16. The Democratic governor already has two German shepherds: Wanamingo, who he got at the beginning of this year, and Mesabi, whom he’s had since 2002.

Dayton says Mesabi is getting old and slow and he wants to make sure ‘Mingo’ has a playmate when Mesabi isn’t around any longer. He says two dogs are better than one because they can keep each other company.

Dayton says there’ll be a contest on Mingo’s Facebook page starting Monday to guess the name of the new dog. He wouldn’t reveal if the name will again be inspired by Minnesota geography.

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Comments (10)
  1. Why says:

    Why not go rescue a resue dog also Govenor?

    1. Tammy Belka says:

      how do you know this puppy isn’t a rescue?

  2. throw me a bone says:

    @Why – agreed.

    Maybe he should name the Dog “taxmonger”

  3. Mr. Me says:

    who give a sheet?

  4. MARK says:

    Awwwwwww, what a cutie.

    The dog looks pretty cool too.

  5. TL the alligator says:

    dogs are more worthy and more valuable than most humans…….its a fact, know it, believe it.

  6. jan says:

    That’s the first picture of him I’ve seen where he looks relaxed and like a nice guy. Dogs do that to people but I’d still never vote for him.

  7. Save the dogs says:

    How many dogs can you stuff in a over heated car?

  8. RJ says:

    another dog he can leave in a hot car. notify PETA

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