“In the future, your dog will tell you how to survive.”
Harlan Ellison, the strikingly original — and some might add bizarre, combative, and controversial — sci-fi writer whose credits included Star Trek and many more dozens of TV shows and screenplays, died yesterday at the age of 84.
With his extremely provocative Stephen King meets Disney-style, Ellison was also one of the early innovators of the “talking dog” movie, as seen below in the 1975 apocalyptic cult classic, A Boy and His Dog, which starred a young Don Johnson.
Learn “What It Means to Be Loved By A Dog”, a nice piece from Margaret Renkl in The New York Times. (As if you didn’t know already — haha!)
Who says fairytales don’t exist — even for rescue dogs? Wait ’til you read the heartwarming story about a Beagle named Guy who went from being on death’s doorstep in a Kentucky shelter to riding alongside the Queen of England for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding last week! (People)
Yes, Wes Anderson’s new comedy, Isles of Dogs, had a special screening for dogs and their humans. Milk Duds not included (hopefully)! (NYT)
“The Pain of Loving Old Dogs”, Margaret Renkl’s beautiful column in The New York Times today, will not only touch your heart and soul — but also reminds you of what a gift it is to have a dog in the first place! (NYT)
Treat yourself, dog lovers, and read this heartwarming end-of-the-year op-ed piece, Inside of A Dog, by Jennifer Finney Boylan, which beautifully describes the pain and glory of dog rescue! (NYT)
The Dodo’s Facebook show, COMEBACK KIDS: ANIMAL EDITION, has become so popular online — over 130 million views — that there’s talk it may be moving to cable soon! (BI)
I’m usually not a fan of these clickbait polls, but this new study cited on Business Insider seems to find most dog lovers have a serious bias towards their furrier friends. (BI)
Wes Anderson, the colorful director of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, has made an epic stop-motion animated movie about dogs…
Nice photo-essay of William Wegman’s weird, wild, wonderful world of dog art in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine!
GEICO has long been known for its charming (though some might say annoying) talking lizard spokesanimal — but the insurance behemoth has sprinted ahead of the pack with this new clever Pamplona spoof! (YouTube)
Sometimes a dog isn’t just a dog — as we’ve seen these past few years with the explosion of commercials using celebrity dog spokesmodels discovered on Instagram and Twitter. These well-paid (and surely well-fed) “pet influencers” get book deals, endorsement deals, and TV shows — but I’m still not convinced how well they take direction — as this recent article in (The New York Times) explains.