Buttercup, a five-year-old Golden Retriever, is our Canine Ambassador and ARF! Therapy Dog of the month. And since February is the month of love, we encourage you to read about Buttercup and think about adopting a new furry friend of your own! Our Santa Barbara shelters are filled with dogs, cats, and even bunnies, waiting to find a loving home.
Recently, we interviewed Buttercup to find out more about what gets this gorgeous girl up and at ’em in the morning. It turns out, she’s more than just a pretty face…
Question: How did you get involved with ARF!?
Answer: Well, I was already trained as a therapy dog when my mom heard about ARF! Since she knows I love going to hospitals, nursing homes and schools already, she knew I would love the kids in the ARF! program. And I do!
Q: What’s your favorite part of being involved in the program?
A: I love it at the end when the kids pile on top of me. Cuddles from the little humans are the best! I love it so much my mom and dad gave me a little human of my own, my little sister Ainsley. She’s about a year old now, and I’ve been so happy from the day she arrived. I can’t wait for her to get big enough to read to me like the ARF! kids!
A: Yes, I’m a model. People tell me all the time how pretty I am. I don’t know what that means, but they pet me a lot, so I’m happy about it! Mom says I was in a Wrangler Jeans commercial. I just remember having a lot of fun with strangers.
I’m also an employee at my mom and dad’s company, Creative Butter. They say I’m the inspiration behind the company. All I know is that I’m the most important part of every meeting! Well, I must be, because I’m at every one of them. Is greeting people at the door a meeting? I do that too. Mom says my enthusiasm and energy inspires them to be the same way, and that makes me happy. I love making people happy! Are you happy? If not, let me make you happy!
Q: Do you have a favorite toy?
A: I really, really, REALLY love to fetch! So I want all the tennis balls. ALL OF THEM. Can you throw one for me now? Please? Please? Please?
Since I can never resist a set of puppy-dog eyes, this interview is officially over so I can play fetch with Buttercup. How about you? Is there a set of puppy-dog eyes at your house that you can’t resist? Maybe your dog wants to be an ARF! therapy dog! We offer training programs and other volunteer opportunities for the good people of Santa Barbara to get involved with All For Animals.
If you don’t have a dog at home, but have a young child who you think would benefit from the ARF! program, please click here to find out when and where you can attend an ARF! event. See you soon!