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Jennifer Garner may be a world-famous actress, but her dog Birdie may have an even bigger fan club. The cuddly pup is the star of Garner’s Instagram feed thanks to a semi-regular series called #BookswithBirdie where Garner and Birdie share a story and a reading list with the world. Birdie is not only a booklover, but a people lover, too—and we love her right back.

Here are eight times that we fell in love with Birdie:

When she helped her mom reach her dreams:

Little girls frequently dream of being movie stars when they grow up, but real movie star Jennifer Garner wanted to be a school librarian and children’s book author. To help her reach her goals, Birdie lets her read books to her by the fire.


When they celebrated Christmas together—and Birdie promptly fell asleep:

Over the Christmas holidays, Birdie and Garner cuddled up by the yule log to read the

Christmas classic, “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” The holiday cheer was just too much for Birdie, though. While Garner was getting worked up by the very exciting story, Birdie fell right to sleep just when Garner was getting to the good part.

When she wore the perfect Halloween costume:

Birdie obviously loves to get in the holiday spirit, so when Halloween rolled around of course she wore a little witch costume. It was very appropriate for Garner’s spooky reading of Julia Donaldson’s delightful “Room on the Broom.” Birdie was clearly paying attention, because she lost her witch hat at the perfect moment in the story. “My gosh!” Garner exclaimed. “You’re just like the witch!”

When she and Garner wore matching reading glasses:

There’s no better way to celebrate Read Across America Day than reading a good book with a good friend. And if you happen to be wearing matching reading glasses, well, four eyes is just four more to love!

When she took a nap—just because she wanted to:

When Garner and Birdie were curled up by the fire reading a book, Birdie decided it was nap time and promptly fell asleep. It’s hard to find time for self-care, but Birdie is a role model for prioritizing her own health and happiness—even when the cameras are rolling.

When she helped her “mom” promote her work:

Being a TV and movie star involves a lot more work than just reciting lines on camera. These days actors are expected to promote their films, too, meeting the press and sharing the news with fans on social media. Luckily for Garner, Birdie is more than happy to help her promote her work (especially when it’s based on books).

When she “helped” Garner bake English muffins:

While she is a very real movie star, Garner hosts a “Pretend Cooking Show” that she shares on Facebook. Birdie, of course, is right there to help. "Birdie is an enthusiastic participant in the kitchen," Garner jokes as the camera pans to the golden retriever lying on the floor waiting for Garner to drop something—anything—while she mixes ingredients together.

Pretend Cooking Show, Episode 2: Huckleberry English Muffins

Pretend Cooking Show, Episode 2: Huckleberry English Muffins by Zoe Nathan. #icrackmyselfup #pretendcookingshow #notaprettybaker Get her very delicious cookbook here: http://amzn.to/2qUEOlI ----- Huckleberry English Muffins recipe: 3 cups buttermilk 2 tbsp active dry yeast 3 tbsp unsalted butter (room temp) 3 tbsp honey 6 cups bread flour 1/4 cup sugar 4 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 cup cornmeal ----- 1. Warm 1 1/2 cups (355ml) of the buttermilk in a small saucepan, but do not boil. Place the remaining 1 1/2 cups (355ml) cold buttermilk in the bowl of a stand mixer with the yeast and whisk by hand to combine. Add the warm buttermilk to the cold buttermilk mixture and whisk to blend. Add the butter, honey, bread flour, sugar, and salt and mix on low speed with the dough hook attachment for about 1 minute, until the dough comes together. Increase the speed to medium-high and work the dough for about 2 minutes until smooth. • 2. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour. • 3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup (80g) of the cornmeal on a clean work surface and dump the dough out onto it. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup (40g) of the cornmeal on top of the dough and flatten it into a disk with 1 inch (2.5cm) thickness. • 4. Sprinkle the last 1/4 cup (40g) of the cornmeal onto a sheet pan. With a 3 inch (7.5cm) round cutter, cut the English muffins from the dough. Cut them as closely as possible, minimizing the amount of scraps, as you cannot combine and reroll this dough. • 5. Arrange the English muffins, 1 inch (2.5cm) apart, on the sheet pan. Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour at room temperature. Or refrigerate overnight and allow to rise for 1 hour in the morning. • 6. As the English muffins near readiness, preheat your oven to 350F (180C) degrees. When the oven is hot, heat an ungreased griddle or large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Jen tip: 275F (135C) for the temperature of your griddle! • 7. Drop the English muffins onto the griddle and cook for about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. • 8. Return the English muffins to the sheet pan and immediately bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until they feel light when lifted from the pan. If working in batches, bake each batch as it comes off the griddle. • These keep, tightly wrapped, at room temperature, for up to 3 days; or frozen, for up to 1 month. Enjoy! • Song: "Scrapping and Yelling" by Mark Mothersbaugh

Posted by Jennifer Garner on Saturday, January 13, 2018

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When she celebrated Gal-entine’s Day:

There aren’t enough heart-eye emojis in the world to truly express our feelings about this one. It’s clear that Birdie is a very good girl.