"Are you THE Tom Manatos?" It's a question he gets often. He's famous, among a select few.
This time, it was 2009 at the Kenwood Animal Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Manatos was there to pick up his mother's beagle, Champ, who was being released after staying overnight to have a cyst removed. When Manatos handed the receptionist his credit card, the young woman behind the desk gasped.