A Baby Dog’s View of the State of the State
Grapevine by Rosalyn Queen
This past week West Virginians were able to view Governor Jim Justice deliver his State of the State speech. It was delivered in the State Capitol with all the Delegates, Senators, Justices, Board of Public Works, elected officials and a balcony of invited guests. Seated in the front was the First Lady and their two children. But also, seated in a front row seat was the Governor’s companion, Baby Dog. He is a cute little fellow, very well trained and seems to cling to every word the governor speaks.
On this evening Baby Dog was able to hear his owner speak about the future of West Virginia for 2024. He heard him speak about his funding for roads, education and tourism. He outlined his vision for foster care, for Moms and babies, for state parks, for Veterans and for reduction in taxes and many other items.
Baby Dog was glad to welcome the governors girls basketball team as they sat in the balcony.
He was equally pleased to listen to the Governor explain a saying his father said to him and that he has applied to many different circumstances in his life. The saying is “KEEP SAWING THE WOOD.” The Governor shared many instances when he applied it and many times he encouraged others to apply it.
The speech ended to a standing applause and Baby Dog who laid on his chair throughout the speech seemed to understand that he too was to get up and he did. The relationship between this dog and his master paints a loving picture.
Now it is time for the Governor and the Legislature to get to work. Just a footnote; I was so proud to see Senator Ben Queen enter the venue right before the Governor.
Stay safe, watch the weather and until next week “Now You Have Heard It Through The Grapevine.”