This ‘old’ dog story by Adam Gopnik — from 2011 — about a couple getting a pooch for their daughter re-appeared on The New Yorker website last week, and I thought you might enjoy it!
First off, let me just say that I loved the book, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, and was really looking forward to seeing the movie…
And then the horrific TMZ video came out, documenting potential abuse by the dog trainers on the set of the film. The writers, producers, and actors involved in the production — along with millions of moviegoers — were all justifiably horrified by what they saw on the disturbing clip.
However, later, after Cameron and the studio execs viewed ALL of the footage that took place during that day of filming, it was revealed that the video clip had been edited out of context to maximize the impact of the traumatic footage.
Unfortunately, by that point, the
cat pooch was out of the bag, so to speak.
Gavin Polone, the big dog lover/producer on the film, wrote a compelling Hollywood Reporter column breaking down the whole incident, which explains the nasty dog fight brewing between PETA and Hollywood. (I’m assuming that part of PETA’s position has to do with the sad fact that past dog movies like 101 Dalmatians and Beverly Hills Chihuahua have inspired numerous “bad fad” pet adoptions — which later resulted in countless Dalmatians and Chihuahuas being returned back to rescue shelters once the new owners got “bored” with their new puppies and couldn’t handle all the responsibilities that it takes in caring for an animal.)
Tragically, no matter where you stand on this issue, there are no winners, as all dog movie fans and dog rescue advocates alike have been harmed during the making of this film.
With all the “Best of” lists coming out as we wrap up 2016 — I figured why not add a pile of this year’s dog books to the mix? If you’re looking for stocking stuffers or other pet presents, there’s plenty of reading material to entertain the dog person in your life!
Dogs and Their People (BarkPost)
The Secret Language of Dogs (Victoria Stilwell)
The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog (Patricia McConnell) – Available Feb 2017
Hey, now that the U.S. DEM/GOP political conventions are out of the way, you can take this time to go save yourself by rescuing a dog or cat at this year’s annual Broadway Barks event in NYC!
On this 4th of July holiday weekend, why not snuggle up with a (somewhat) patriotic dog book? Bronwen Dickey’s excellent new non-fiction title, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, clears up the myths and misconceptions of America’s most demonized dog breed — and also shows the cruel part that humans have played in abusing this loyal animal’s reputation.
If anything could unite this country, it’s probably not a politician — but a lovable Dachshund — if you believe the trailer for Wiener-Dog (not to be confused with Weiner, the documentary about the controversial former New York U.S. representative). This little IFC release tells the story of one dog’s life tied together by four different owners.
Since it’s an indie film directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse), chances are the movie might be a bit of a downer — but at least this trailer looks like it has a few definite feel-good doggie moments!
(SPOILER ALERT: It has been brought to my attention that the ending of this movie is very disturbing, especially for Dachshund/dog lovers, so please beware!)
Like John Steinbeck’s pet travel book classic, Travels With Charley, you will be charmed by this 21st Century story of a woman sailing around the world with her loyal waterproof cat, Amelia (no relation to Amelia Earhart).
It’s a Saint Patrick’s Day miracle! Imagine if Gilligan from Gilligan’s Island — or, more recently, Tom Hanks in Cast Away was re-cast as a German Shepherd-Husky mix, and you will get to know the story of Luna, a dog that was rescued by the Navy five months after being declared lost at sea…(San Diego Union-Tribune)