I love when police officers ride the subway in the mornings.
Immediately everyone calms down and there’s peace in the car.
These officers usually travel in pairs and stand close to one another by the door as they chat.
But you know they’re not really chatting. They’re checking everyone out.
This morning another pair showed up.
This time it was a tall officer with his Westminster-Dog-Show K-9 companion.
Nobody looked at the officer.
We took a collective breath of admiration for the dog.
He was simply gorgeous. And friendly. But that was camouflage.
I wouldn’t want to smell like a bad guy because that friendliness would turn into a growling mass of teeth.
So I got up from my seat one stop early and walked over.
I had to.
“He’s seven,” the officer said. The dog looked up at me and then lay down. Phew. I passed the bad guy test.
“Was he brought over from Germany?”
The officer shot me a look that said, How did you know that? “As a matter of fact, yes.”
“Do you speak to him in German?” I asked.
“No, he speaks English,” the officer said.
The dog continued lying down and looking very relaxed, to keep everyone on board oohing and aahing over him.
I said thank you while I kept my hands in my pockets to keep from reaching down and scratching him behind the ears. Sweet and lovely as he was, I also know he’s trained like a ninja and I didn’t want to see that side of him.
But he did make my morning commute oh so sweet.