Today I read this article about a dog named Rosie, trained as a service dog. Rosie responds to signs of human stress with a nudge of the nose or a lean on the side or leg and recently sat at the feet of a young girl who testified that her father raped her (her father was convicted and his attorney is filing an appeal). These dogs are trained to comfort children or other vulnerable witness during times of stress as they testify in court. Dogs likes Rosie are causing quite a stir in the court system as defense attorneys are worried that the dogs may sway jurors based on the natural attraction that people feel for dogs; as well as the idea that the witness may be under stress if they are providing false testimony in which case the dog is responding to signals as trained but not necessarily because the witness finds it difficult to testify. Regardless of the legal debate that these dogs raise, I really think this story emphasizes the bond between man and his best friend. It is well worth the read, especially if you are a proud dog owner.