Though it might be tempting to pet him, Derrick says the best way to treat a service dog is to pretend like they aren’t there, so they can do their job. “You’re not going to hurt the dog’s feelings by not petting him,” Derrick said. It is perfectly OK to greet Thor – and he gets a lot of attention. “People usually say, 'Hi!' to Thor more than they do to me,” Derrick said.
And don’t worry – Thor gets plenty of affection. At home, Thor is like any other pet, playing with the Pehlman’s teenagers or snuggling on the couch. The only difference is he’s constantly ready to switch into service dog mode. He even has a furry friend – a lab named Finnegan. Finnegan and Thor are two peas in a pod, although the differences in the two dogs remind Derrick what a perfect partner he’s found in Thor.
Derrick and Thor just celebrated their first anniversary on May 1, and we couldn’t be happier these two heroes found each other.