Secretary of State John Kerry deals with some pretty tough stuff on the job (Iran nukes, anyone?), so it’s no wonder that he appreciates after-hours companions who mostly want to play fetch and take long walks.

When he returns to Washington after the holiday this week, we hear that Kerry will be bringing back more than some turkey leftovers — he’ll have a newly adopted yellow lab in tow. The pup’s name is Ben, as in Franklin, the American icon whose credits include “Father of the Foreign Service,” an institution over which Kerry now presides, and creator of the Great Seal of the U.S., over which the secretary of state is a custodian.

Franklin’s namesake, though, has less lofty interests — toys and treats, mainly (yeah, about that turkey…).

We’re told Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have long been dog people (they already have two Schnauzers named Stache and Clousseau), and Ben is their first lab.

And if the little pup wants to fit in here in Washington, perhaps he could lobby his new master for an impressive title. Undersecretary for Biscuits? Canine Ambassador?