Rumor has it that a former pet dog of State Democratic Chairman Randy Horiuchi picked up some interesting habits from its prior owner.

Rep. Frank Pignanelli, D-Salt Lake, recently told a Democratic caucus that Horiuchi who has a reputation for showing up almost daily on television and in the press had given him the Australian sheep dog."Randy taught him how to speak. But he'll only speak if you shine a spotlight on him at least a flashlight or stand there with a pencil and notebook" ready to write down what he says, Pignanelli joked.

If anyone wants an Australian sheep dog that speaks when it's in the limelight, Pignanelli said he is trying to find a new home for it.