“Does He Ever Get to Be, You Know, Just a Dog?”

Melissa and Tanner
December 1, 2015
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December 22, 2015
Melissa and Tanner
December 1, 2015
In Memory of Tess
December 22, 2015

“Does He Ever Get to Be, You Know, Just a Dog?”

picture2Strangers often ask me that question, as though Sir Thomas’ harness is akin to a cubicle. If by ‘just a dog,’ they mean romping and napping and snacking on treats, look at the shine in his coat and the spring in his step for the answer.

If by ‘just a dog,’ they mean snoring the night away in a snuggie bed in the same room with his human, most certainly.

Each night, I tuck Sir Thomas into his bed, his favorite fluffies under and around him, and I whisper, Thank You. I want him to know that not only was he a Good Boy all day – he’s such a good boy – but also that I appreciate what he does.

On one hand, I expect him to do his job and do it well. He’s not ‘just a dog,’ he’s a service dog. He was raised and trained to perform the tasks he does. I remind him what a good boy he is every time he steps in to help me.

My end-of-day gratitude reaches beyond the job at hand, though, the way a beam of sun lights up more than a spot on the carpet. I tuck him in wanting him to know about all the places he warms me and brightens my life. Last night, following an especially shining  performance, I sang him goodnight in my off-key way, borrowing from “To Sir with Love:”

 … how do you thank a dog
Who has taken you step by step across the room?
It isn’t easy, but I’ll try

If you wanted the sky
I would write across the sky in letters
That would soar a thousand feet high
To Sir, with love

If you wanted the moon
I would try to make a star
But I, would rather you let me give my heart
To Sir, with love.

Just a dog? I think not.


  1. Tina Shonk says:

    Every time I see your name associated with the words Good Boy, I tear up… Tommy isn’t just a dog, he’s a superstar Service Dog – and love by so many!

  2. Mariana says:

    A perfect song for Sir Thomas. Even sung off-key.

  3. Gail says:

    I’d gladly trade my life for your dog just see the views he gets to see everyday and go to all the places he gets to go. He’s loved, well fed, loved cared for, loved, well adjusted and did I mention….loved??? Great blog!!!

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