In these wild and crazy times of fake news and over-the-top hyperbole, it’s refreshing — and maybe a little insane — to see two young people put their lives on the line for a loose dog in the city, as you will see in this thrilling NYPost story, Dog Leads Cyclists on Dramatic Chase Through the Streets of New York.
“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.
In the spirit of A Christmas Story, here are three new-ish dog books that are guaranteed to warm your stockings this year –– Walking With Peety, Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find A Home, and Saving Sadie: How A Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World…
Wes Anderson, the colorful director of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, has made an epic stop-motion animated movie about dogs…
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!)