#Dogs Purpose or Protest?

a_dogs_purpose-movie-filmFirst 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.

12 Best #Dogs Books for Christmas #kindle

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!

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FICTION

Lily and the Octopus (Steven Rowley)

Twelve Dogs of Christmas (David Rosenfelt)

Just Life (Neil Abramson)

Sit! Stay! Speak! (Annie England Noblin)

Earnest (Kristin Von Kreisler)

NON-FICTION

Being A Dog: Following the Dog into A World of Smell (Alexandra Horowitz)

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

Let Me Tell You About Jasper: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog (Dana Perino)

Free Days with George: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from One Very Big Dog (Colin Campbell)

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home (Pauls Toutonghi)

Scent of A #Dogs Book!

Alexandra Horowitz, author of the best-selling Inside of A Dog, is back with a new dog-delving science book, BEING A DOG: FOLLOWING THE DOG INTO A WORLD OF SMELL. Widely known for sniffing out drugs, bombs, and certain types of ancer, this book will surely open up our minds — and nostrils — to the infinite ways that dogs perceive the world around us! (NPR)

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#BroadwayBarks Dog Rescue This Weekend!

#broadwaybarks broadway barksHey, 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!

Just check out some of the handsome pets that have saved their humans on Twitter using the hashtag #BroadwayBarks!

The Artist Who Turned His Cat Into a Drone?

In what has to be one of the most disturbing unusual ways to grieve the loss of a beloved pet, a Dutch artist named Bart Jansen has transformed his deceased cat, Orville, into a drone called the “OrvilleCopter”. Read all about it on Business Insider.

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Apparently, he’s brought new life to other taxidermy as well, as you can check out this flying Ostrich video…

Eat Pray Love #Cats?

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).

You can read all about their high-seas adventures on BuzzFeed or go to their Instagram! (UK Telegraph)

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Lost at Sea #Dog Found!

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)

@ juliebarton1111: Sometimes #Dogs Are the Best Medicine!

dog medicine how my dog saved me from myself julie bartonIf you’ve ever fallen down a hole and need a little help, that’s when you find out who your true friends are.

And Julie Barton found that friend in the bunker — er, rather, in Bunker, her beautiful Golden Retriever, as she writes about battling depression in the new touching memoir, Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself.

@arleneweintraub: Can #Dogs Cure Cancer?

Never let a human do a dog’s job…especially when it comes to finding the cure for cancer, says Arlene Weintraub in her new book, Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures. This non-fiction work is a both a scientific study on the huge impact dogs are having in cancer research, as well as a personal story detailing Weintraub’s own dire experiences in dealing with the loss of a loved one to this horrific disease that affects us all. An important read!

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It’s Just an Angel Dog?

The Internet got spooked last week with this pic of a woman spreading the ashes of her beloved Golden Retriever named Wagner. If you look closely at the picture on the bottom right, you can make out the shape of a dog, right? But is it real or is it just Photoshop? Or maybe a Halloween hoax? You be the judge! (DogTime)

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Sam Simon’s Estate Locked in a Dogfight?

sam simon vanity fair merrill markoeSam Simon, The Simpsons co-creator and animal philanthropist, must be rolling in his grave as lawyers and beneficiaries are caught up in a heated battle over his estate — as well as the ongoing care of his troubled Cane Corso rescue dog, Columbo.

Fortunately, his Pacific Palisades house and vaunted art collection are not in dispute as they have already hit the market. (THR)

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Miley Cyrus Drops Free #DogLovers Album! #MCandHerDeadPetz

1396802271_miley-cyrus-dog_2Fresh off the VMAs, Miley Cyrus surprised her fans this week by dropping a new FREE album called Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz — which was inspired, I assume, by the loss of her pet dog, Floyd, last year. You can listen to the full album HERE!

After a quick preview, I found “The Floyd Song (Sunrise)”, “Karen Don’t Be Sad”, and “I Get So Scared” to be particularly heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. So twerk that! (photo: US Mag)

However, if you want to just stick with the old school “Wrecking Ball” Miley, then check out the new Seth Rogen trailer for The Night Before, which celebrates Christmas –– and her classic hit as well!