Some of my best teachers had pets. Not just class pets, but actual companions. Now, owning a pet does not make you a good teacher, but it does entail some learning. Some pets have fantastic teachers who helped facilitate their understanding of house rules; how to welcome guests; how to treat people, and other important lessons - beyond following commands. These are people that show good teachers can teach every BODY — even ones they don’t consider their own. As I reflect on my recent teaching and community service awards, I think of the teachers who taught me how to teach.