Giants' Mike Krukow Explains Why Service Dog Patriot Is So Valuable

There are lots of good boys and girls around the Bay Area.

From pugs to German Shepherds, Northern California is teeming with dogs whose skillsets range from taking ridiculously long naps to destroying a brand-new toy in under 20 seconds. 

Because everyone loves their pets, and dogs in general, we decided to highlights some of the pets associated with Bay Area sports teams.

In the second episode of the "Pro Pets" series, we meet 4-year-old Patriot, a medium-sized Labrador Retreiver who serves as a companion for former Giants pitcher and current NBC Sports Bay Area broadcaster Mike Krukow.

Krukow and Patriot teamed up last December, and now they are inseparable.

"Total gamechanger," Krukow recently told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Krukow revealed in 2014 that he's suffering from a muscle disorder known as inclusion-body myositis.

"I have anxiety when I come home at the end of the day, and he'll hop up on my lap and he's like a 65-pound quaalude," Krukow said. "Just mellows you out. He's unbelievable. He's a gift, he really is a gift."

But for as great as Patriot is as a service dog, Krukow didn't hide the fact that his pooch isn't a great athlete.

"He'd probably be a bullpen catcher or a balldude," Krukow said.

Krukow's wife Jennifer agreed.

"I think he's a balldude," Jennifer said. "I think that's perfect."

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For what he lacks in athleticism, Patriot makes up for with his ability to help Krukow.

"Dogs and cats and animals make a difference in everybody's lives," Krukow said. "He certainly has in our lives.  I just don't know what we'd do without him. Really."

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