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.
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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.