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)
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)
A couple new dog books featured in The New York Times today — Afterglow (by Eileen Myles) and Fetch: How A Bad Dog Brought Me Home (Nicole J. Georges) — showcase how these two female authors’ respective dogs not only made them better artists, but better people as well! (NYT)
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.
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!
Just check out some of the handsome pets that have saved their humans on Twitter using the hashtag #BroadwayBarks!
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.
Here’s “The Present” — an award-winning student film from future Pixar animation wunderkinds, Jacob Frey and Markus Krantzler — that is a gift to all dog lovers! (Vimeo)
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)
The pooch-lovin’ publicity hounds at BarkPost are entering the book publishing biz soon with their dog owners’ crowd-sourced book, Dogs and Their People. And you don’t have to wait in line when it comes out if you pre-order at Amazon!
Time catches up to all of us –– even our loyal dog friends. And if you’ve ever had the privilege of growing older with a pet, you’ve seen there is beauty and dignity in aging, as Pete Thorne documents in his graceful new doggie photo book, Old Faithful: Dogs of A Certain Age.
Those aren’t wrinkles — they’re laugh lines! (Pete Thorne Photo)
If 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.
Sam 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)