It’s time for another In the Spotlight, a focus on one of our wonderful ARF! therapy dogs. This week, we’re interviewing JR, a five-year-old border collie who definitely loves his “job” as one of our canine ambassadors. JR volunteers at Hope Elementary School with his human companion, Morris Berniard.
Q: Were you named after the famous character, JR, from the TV show Dallas?
A: I don’t think so. My dad, Morris, says I’m named after two dogs he used to have, Jasper and Ridges. They both crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. I’m glad I can remind him of those two dogs and I know how lucky they were to have a dad like Morris!
Q: When did you start volunteering with ARF!?
A: About three years ago. I love Friday mornings because I know I get to go to Hope School so the kids can read to me.
Q: Do you have a favorite book they read to you?
A: Yes! I love the book Biscuit Goes to School. Maybe it’s because I’m at a school when the kids read it to me. I love the book so much that I move my head from side to side while a child is reading. It’s the best!
Q: What else do you like about your ARF! job?
A: Well, the kids give me treats after they read the book to me and I give them kisses in return. I don’t want them to know I’d do it anyway! It seems like a great deal for me!
Q: What else do you like to do?
A: OMG! I LOVE Elings Park! It’s the most wonderful place to run around.
Q: Is there anyone special in your life, besides Morris?
A: I do have a beautiful girlfriend named Aye’la. She volunteers with ARF!, too. She’s a golden retriever with lovely blonde fur, and we meet up at Elings Park. That’s another reason why I love that park.
Do you have a shy reader in your home? Perhaps they could benefit from our ARF! program! Our fall session is now underway at the Santa Barbara Public Library (40 E. Anapamu St.) on Tuesday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 pm, through November 8, 2016.
Hope to see you there!