Mac(kenzie) is the Kinley family Labradoodle. She, like many of our current and past family pets, is named after a Beatle character, naturally (I know I’m sick, but my doctor says there’s no cure). Six years ago, Mac joined a long line of assorted pets ranging from Ringo to Pepper to Lucy. But Beatle obsession aside, I’m also biased because I believe Mac is one of the smartest animals on the planet. She obeys. She loves. She hugs and kisses. She understands voice commands. She herds her psycho golden retriever sister back home when she wanders down the block. She checks in on you if you’re sick. She keeps the bed warm for you before you crawl under the covers at night. And yesterday Mac even read my lips.