Fletcher, a handsome Labrador Retriever, was born in San Diego and moved to Santa Barbara to his fur-ever home when he was just 8 weeks old. Now two and a half years old, he and his dog-mom, Barbara, volunteer at the Santa Barbara Public Library. She found out about ARF! before she had a dog, and once she brought Fletcher home, she got started on his therapy training. We asked him what he does in his free time.
Q: Besides the library, where’s your favorite place to go?
A: The beach! For sure! I love meeting all my friends for a walk. But when mom throws the ball into the water, there’s no way I can resist going to retrieve it! I don’t know why…I MUST GO GET THE BALL.
Q: Any other beach activities you love?
A: OMG yes! Mom’s son takes me out on this big flat thing. He calls it a “paddle board”? I stand on the middle of it and we ride the waves. It’s so much fun!
Q: That sounds exciting? Do you ever fall off?
A: Sometimes, but I don’t mind. I love the water! Did you know that there are BIRDS out in the water? Sometimes I can’t resist…I have to chase the birds, and I jump right off the board! I don’t know why…I MUST CHASE THE BIRDS.
Q: Do you have a favorite snack?
A: Absolutely! It’s food. ALL THE FOOD. Sometimes I don’t even know if the thing really is food, but I eat it anyway. I have to try. Who wants to ever miss out on food?
Q: What els––
A: What’s that? Are you eating something? Did I tell you I love you? I love you! Will you share your food with me? It looks delicious! Please? I’m giving you my best puppy dog eyes!
Q: I’m not going to give you something your mom doesn’t approve of. Now stop begging and answer the question. Do you like anything else besides the beach and food?
A: Oh yes! I love belly rubs! Can you rub my belly? I’ll snuggle with you! I love snuggling too. Snuggles are wonderful.
Q: Okay, no food, but I’ll rub your belly. Now, who’s a good boy?
A: Oh I am, I am! Thank you for the belly rubs! I love you!