Amos, a kind and lovable chocolate Lab in Michigan sometimes puts in long days at the courthouse. He's not sniffing for bombs or patrolling the grounds, but he is protecting and serving. Amos works as a canine guardian and comforter of sorts and helps reduce anxiety for children who have to appear in court. He has been trained to sit patiently near children for hours as they either wait to take the stand or testify in court. Recently he accompanied two young victims who each testified for more than two hours against a defendant in a sexual misconduct trial.

The dog is part of the Canine Advocacy Program, the first of its kind in Michigan, and its services are offered at no cost to law enforcement or the courts. The program is funded by donations. Similar programs exist in California, Washington and Florida.

Not everyone is as positive about the role of animals in the courtroom. One prosecutor cited concerns about jurors with allergies or a fear of dogs.

For being there, Amos is our:


For being a dickhead, the prosecutor mentioned
in the article is our dickhead of the day.



  1. Two such dogs work near my office, and a perk of their people sharing my parking garage is that I get to see them from time-to-time. Love sponges.

  2. Amos is beautiful. I am slightly annoyed he has been trained to sit near children though because if I am ever in that courthouse I want him to sit near me.

  3. Wot Cathy Said! [Cathy, whenever we eventually meet, I want you to sit near me. Or possibly on. ;-)]

    I get to walk a cutie-pie Puggle (Pug-Beagle mix) again today. “Coco” is the essence of Teh Kewt, and it’s a real joy to take out on pottie breaks (her pack leader works all day and she’s kept inside then).

  4. What a beautiful, kind and loving face. No wonder he has a calming effect on children. As for the prosecutor, it makes me wonder if he or she is not the one with the fear of dogs.

  5. AWWW, a sweet chocolate lab. Like my own Gleason, a fellow choc, the sweetest chocolate in the world: no fat, no calories, no carbs, just lots of love. Gleason, however, is 6 years old and still acts like he’s 6 months old. 🙂

  6. Not sure he’s a dickhead, as the description of the dog’s work aids rather than hinders prosecution – which could lead to a sleazy defense lawyer’s motion to dismiss or for a mistrial.

    The way you handle it, I would think, is in the jury selection – it seems to me, you would already know if the dog needs to be present.

    Not a dickhead – perhaps – but not terribly clever and overly cautious.