It was a real dog this week in a ceremony during the swearing-in at the state's attorney's office in Chicago.
The newly sworn-in worker is a Labrador retriever named Hatty.
The 2-year-old will be on a 9-to-5 human schedule. But she has been asked to work like a dog, to just do what comes naturally to most dogs.
Her job is to ease the strain of criminal proceedings on young children and those with mental-health issues who have been victims of assault. She'll handle up to 200 cases annually.
The news soon made its way onto social media and people had a lot to say. Most were simply elated to learn about Hatty's new 'job.' There were a few who showed their appreciation in a humorous way.
"More like a "CANINE-to-five" schedule," wrote a Twitter user. "After the swearing in, he started barking orders at staff," joked another. "Writ, Hatty, writ! Good girl!" commented another. "It will be so helpful for the young ones," wrote a fourth.
Hatty is the office's first emotional-support dog and was trained partly by inmates. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx presided over the Tuesday's swearing-in. Hatty stood on her hind legs over a table and placed her paw across a law book as an oath was administered.