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.
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!)
There’s nothing that brings a smile more than watching different animal species getting along — so sit back and enjoy this YouTube celebrity squirrel hiding nuts inside a dog’s fur…just in time for Thanksgiving! (YouTube)
“Every love story is a ghost story.” – David Foster Wallace
Laurie Anderson, the well-known performance artist, uses DFW’s words and more in her new deeply personal film about love and loss, as she documents her difficult experiences with losing family members, spouses (Lou Reed), and, of course, her lovely Rat terrier, Lolabelle, in Heart of A Dog.
Fresh 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!
Sad news today in the celebrity dog world when word came that Uggie, the lovable Jack Russell terrier in the 2011 film, The Artist, was put to rest this past Friday. He will not only be remembered for his charming presence on the silver screen, but also his “infinite love for chicken and hot dogs”, one of his trainers said. (NY Daily News)