Jennifer Garner's Adorable Golden Retriever Is Now a Therapy Dog at Children's Hospital

We rate Dogs has a super cute interview with actress Jennifer Garner, 51, who discusses her Golden Retriever Birdie (age 8) and Birdie's nine goals to achieve before she turns 9 in May.

Birdie has all ready reached one of her goals, which is to volunteer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a therapy dog.

Garner was interviewed by We Rate Dog's founder Matt Nelson who asked what Birdie's goals are. Garner explained, 'She wants to read some new books for kids, and speaking of kids, Birdie's a therapy dog and she just got a promotion to work at Children's Hospital LA."

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After Birdie was congratulated by Nelson, Garner continued, "So she's excited, she wants to have her first time at Children's Hospital LA before she turns 9."

It's such a cute interview and you can't help but notice Birdie's happy tail thump as these two humans discuss her goals and her love of books. What a good girl she is!

People Magazine reports, "The actress also spoke about her series with Birdie, titled “Books with Birdie,” where she reads children’s books to the golden retriever.

“Birdie is a huge early literature, just kind of a literacy advocate,” Garner cheekily explained. “So it only makes sense that she would have this series ‘Books with Birdie.’”

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“She just really likes to promote children's literacy, right?,” Garner asked her dog. “It's super important to you, just part of your mission of who you are."

What's the Difference Between a Service Dog and a Therapy Dog?

Service dogs and therapy dogs both provide valuable services to the people who need them, but they both have very different criteria.

Service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to assist individuals with disabilities.

Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort, affection, and support to people in times of emotional need, like in disaster settings, hospitals, schools, and for people in other stressful situations. Therapy dogs provide emotional support, rather than help with a specific disability.

Service dogs have specific training to help people who are blind, assist people who are in wheelchairs and altering people with other medical conditions like seizures.

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Therapy dogs are trained to be calm and able to interact with a variety of people, and they have friendly temperaments so they can provide support to the people who need them.

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