Several people have asked me questions about service dogs, whether they’re always “on the job” or could have normal dog lives. A few were under the heartbreaking impression that because one isn’t supposed to pet service dogs while they’re working, that service dogs aren’t ever to be petted, even at home.
Definitely not the case! Service dogs, and service dogs-in-training, may have a distinct work ethic when they’re on the clock (which is often represented by a vest or harness, though not all service dogs wear special equipment), but when they’re off the clock they get a dog’s life like any other, including playtime and lots of affection. After all, who doesn’t do better work when it’s punctuated with plenty of breaks and relaxation?
So here are some moments from out of the vest.
Big snowfall today, but Mindy fell asleep in the car on the way home. I knew she’d want to see the snow, though!