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Danica McKellar

Sixth annual month long pet adoption tour Get Your Licks on Route 66® spokesperson.

Interview by Publisher, Susan Sims

This year’s Get Your Licks on Route 66® Official Spokesperson is actress, best-selling author (Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math) and animal lover Danica McKellar. Danica, best known for her role as “Winnie Cooper” on The Wonder Years, was recently seen competing on Dancing With The Stars.

FIDO Friendly » What is the memory of your first dog growing up?

Danica McKellar » Growing up we had always had cats as pets…but then when I was about 13 we got a German Shepherd named Jarro—we pronounced it Yarro—he was actually from Germany, where he had been training as an attack dog.

We got him because during my time on The Wonder Years I’d been receiving threats from some disturbed funs. Jarro came to us as a very professionally trained all-business animal but it wasn’t long before he became a beloved family member and big bundle of love.

FF » How many pets did you share your home with?

DM » For the majority of my teenage years we had Jarro and our two cats Sabrina and Puffers. The cats were great, but of course very independent as cats are prone to be. Jarro was amazing; he obeyed every command but also somehow knew when you were upset and he would come right up to comfort you and not leave your side if you were having a bad day. He had these big brown eyes and he always seemed to be smiling.

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