I woke up on Sunday morning, and one of my dogs was wearing a cape with an “S” on it. You know, the Superman-S. So I guess that Polo is Superdog.

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I never knew. And she’s been with us for three years next month. Of course, her background is a mystery. Abandoned on some ranch. The vet isn’t even sure what kind of dog she is. Perhaps she really is Superdog.

Maybe while we’re asleep she sneaks outside to keep us safe. Between the kids staying up late and me getting up early, there isn’t much time for her to get her crime-fighting work done, but I guess it’s time enough. We do live in Fredericksburg.

I guess she didn’t want me to know that she’s a fighter. She looks so cute and innocent, but I’ve seen her bare her teeth. I’ve seen her defend us, her little family, with every ounce of her 20-pound life.

You never know where a fighter will turn up, a puppy in the Texas Hill Country or a gymnast in the Bronx. A fighter doesn’t need a cape to have superpowers. All that’s needed is the element of surprise.

Perhaps I just haven’t been paying attention.

Now, for more on that gymnast, go watch “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes, featuring Ryan Tedder. http://popcrush.com/gym-class-heroes-the-fighter-video/