It’s time for our June ARF In the Spotlight dog, and this month it’s the lovely six-year-old Ellie. We caught up with her recently to ask her a few questions about her life and being an ARF dog. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: Is being an ARF dog your only job?
Q: Do you like being a service dog?
A: I love it! It’s a big responsibility, and I take it very seriously. But it makes me so happy and proud to help my mom every day; it makes life fun and exciting. But don’t tell her my secret—I need her as much as she needs me.
Q: I’m sure the feeling is mutual! It sure sounds like you’re busy. Do you ever get any time off?
A: I sure do! Mom makes sure I have a good “work/life balance”. That’s what she calls it. I just love getting to snooze in the sunny backyard or play around on the beach.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about being a service dog?
A: When you train to be a service dog, you have to learn to not be scared of scary things. I’m pretty brave, but strollers really did a number on me. They ROLL! Not cool. But then I learned that there is a tiny human inside strollers, and now I love them, because I get to meet the little one.
Q: What do you tell the tiny human when you meet them?
A: I tell them to grow up quick so they can read to me in the ARF! Program!
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!