06/20/2014 10:27 am ET Updated Jun 20, 2014

20 Ridiculously Accomplished Dogs Who Will Make You Rethink Your Life

Top dogs rarely (if ever) don American flag lapel pins, strut their stuff in crisp designer suits or wine and dine potential clients (more likely, they'll help dispose of an accidentally dropped crumb).

But these aren't necessarily the only credentials of a hard-working professional. And neither is having two legs or opposable thumbs. Many powerful pooches throughout history have held important positions in the realms of search and rescue, space exploration, health care and even politics. It's true: One classy bloodhound currently holds a mayoral position in a Colorado town.

The next time you're about to complain about the horrors of your nine-to-five, consider these four-legged wonders who've worked their tails off to achieve greatness. Hopefully, they'll inspire you to do the same.

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