Although Lily Rose, a Golden Retriever, is a very busy young lady, she had time to sit down with us and tell us a bit about herself. She’s been an ARF! doggy ambassador with her human, Kim Lieberman, since 2013. She works at the Santa Barbara Library and loves going to UCSB and SB City College to help the students de-stress during finals. She also has made visits to Girls, Inc. and C.A.L.M. as well as humane education presentations in elementary classrooms.
Q: So, how did you meet your humans?
A: When I was a baby, somebody put a picture of me on the internet. Kim saw it and decided I just had to come live with them. Once I met my new humans, I just knew they needed me. They had recently said goodbye to a very good dog, and my fluffy face and puppy love was just the best thing for them. Apparently, I was a gift for “Father’s Day”.
Q: Do you have any special friends?
A: Yes! I have a friend that comes and visits me every day. Her name is Mary. She drives a small white truck and brings us paper.
Q: Is she a postal worker?
A: I’m not sure about that. She wears the same outfit and brings me treats. She calls out to me “Yoo hoo, Lily Rose are you home? and puts the nummies through the opening on the door. Sometimes I’m out and I miss her, but I check the floor carefully. She ALWAYS leaves treats! I’m a very good dog. I see her truck around town sometimes and it gets me excited.
Q: What do you love about being an ARF! doggy ambassador?
A: I can tell that I help people calm down and be happier just by being around them. I let people pet my soft fur, I give them kisses, and I listen to them. They don’t even need to talk, I can still hear them. Being an ARF! dog is my calling.
Q: Do you have any other skills?
A: Yes, of course! I’m a Retriever! But I can do more than that. I play peek-a-boo, do a figure eight through humans’ legs, give them a high five, wave, roll over FOUR TIMES in a row, catch balls in my mouth from a long way away, and slam dunk a ball into a hoop. My humans call it “basketball”.
Q: I hear you’re also very tidy and neat.
A: Yes, I put all my toys away when I’m done with them, and even tuck myself in to bed every night by rolling myself up in my blanket. Like I said, I’m a very good dog. Everybody says so.
Q: You’re very busy! Do you get time off?
A: Sure I do—I love to sunbathe and play with squeaky toys. That noise is music to my ears! I also get to go to the beach, chase birds, and play in the water with my ball and other dogs. Sigh. It’s a good life here in Santa Barbara when you’re a very good dog.
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