Many dogs work hard for callings outside of homes, taking on dangerous and difficult tasks to protect and serve humans. It's very noble, respectable work, but it's hard not to get overcome with "oohs" and "ahhs" when you see them their first day on the job.
This is Tuco.
via: ImgurHe's trying on a vest for the first time, and something tells me he's found a natural fit. Looks like this pup found his calling!
Even guide dogs need helpers.
via: ImgurEspecially early on. So this pup-in-training has a stuffed pup that it uses for comfort during the stressful and exhaustive training regimen it undergoes.
Some dogs even get the real thing.
via: ImgurThis pop's with its mom and looks right at home. The mom, on the other hand, looks like she's ready for the kid to move out for a little peace and quiet.
A future seeing eye dog.
via: ImgurTeddy looks like he's still getting his sea legs, but we all have high hopes for the little fella. I'm sure he'll be wearing that vest proudly (and upright) in no time at all.
Vests for the first time.
via: ImgurThese guys have it down, all right. But to be fair, it looks like they're learning from the best. See how the older pup and the human beam with pride at this moment.
On the alert.
via: ImgurThis dog might be the cutest of the bunch, but remember not to pet service dogs! It confuses and distracts them from their duties at hand.
Room to grow.
via: ImgurThis dog certainly has the look down, but the body will need a few more months to develop. Fortunately, I'm sure the trainers are patient in waiting for this brave pup to fill out the uniform.
Not too intimidating...yet.
via: ImgurI'm not sure if this dog is going to scare anyone off from doing anything illegal, but maybe that's the point. Maybe they WANT you to think this dog is innocent. I'm guessing this dog is already good to hunt down the baddies.
"I'll take the wheel."
via: ImgurI'm not sure this dog has a valid license, but you have to admire its enthusiasm for taking on new responsibilities. He'll get there... ...when he's 16.
A regal pose.
via: ImgurThis is the dog's first day of service, and it's clear from this photo that it sure knows how to cut an imposing figure. It looks like it's posing for a movie poster, doesn't it?
Say hello to Mo.
via: ImgurMo is a new trainee with the Manchester Police. He might be cute, but he's got a look in his eyes (and that imposing German Shepherd pedigree) that forces you to realize this is one dog you shouldn't trifle with.
via: ImgurThis service-dog-in-training was going through exercises in a gym when it realized..."Yup. I need a nap. NOW." Hopefully, the trainers weren't too hard on it for taking what I'm sure is a well-deserved break.
We all know that look.
via: ImgurThat's the look when you sit down in a class for the first time and realize you're in WAY over your head. Can someone get this pup a Cliff's Notes or something to calm it down?
The dog-on-a-car pose is a popular one.
via: ImgurI guess when you're dealing with puppies, anything that brings them up to the eye-level of the photographer is important for making them look intimidating, even if they're...not.
via: ImgurService dogs often come from long and proud lineages, as this photo shows us. But even though they might be fearless and tough, they still long for the comfort that a mom or dad could provide.
via: ImgurI think that last word on the ID tag is a little unnecessary. Those eyes say it all. Those are puppy eyes, but I'm sure that pup, like these others, is going to make a big difference in the world.