Last week Murphy and I paid a therapy dog visit to McGuire Veterans Hospital. Waiting in the lobby for our escort, we were approached by a gentleman in civilian clothes. He asked if we were a therapy dog team (Murphy wasn't wearing a vest to identify him as a therapy dog). When I said yes, he thanked us for what we do. Then he told me he had just returned from Iraq. While there he met one of the military's first combat therapy dogs, a black Lab. I asked how the dog was received and, of course, the answer was with open arms.