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.
As we leap into the new year, these two feline photo books are bound to catch your attention — If It Fits, I Sits and Pounce — a new high-flying title from Seth Casteel, the photographer who brought the world Underwater Dogs.
Wesley Banks, author of the newly-released Faith in Every Footstep, has compiled a list of his Top 100 Dog Books using a complex, dog-eared algorithm of ratings, reviews, and sales (call it Moneyball for Mutts) — and It’s Just A Dog is proud to chew up the #30 slot!
Also, Mr. Banks is gifting a bundle of classic dog books this weekend — so check out his giveaway here on his website!
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)
It’s Just A Dog is thrilled to be part of Amazon’s new October promo, #PoweredbyIndie. So whether you like dog books, romance, thrillers, non-fiction, or humor, I’m sure the book behemoth will have something in stock for your Kindle!
The New York Times recently reviewed a fresh batch of non-fiction books for pet parents — including a trifecta of new pup psychology titles, Pets on the Couch and Modern Dog Parenting, and Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days.
As this Labor Day weekend marks the official end of the dog days of summer, I’ll try to get through my pile of unread New Yorkers — but I’ll probably just skip right to the cartoons, including this classic by Charlie Hankin.
The best-selling novel, A Dog’s Purpose, will soon have dog lovers arguing the age-old adaptation question, “Which is better — the book or the movie?”
Bookbub, the big-time discount ebook site, now has two major dog books for sale at $1.99 — Meg Donohue’s Dog Crazy and Dog Years (by Mark Doty) — so get ’em while they’re hot!
As the dog days of summer wind down, seek higher ground with Ellen Cooney’s The Mountaintop School for Dogs – today’s Kindle deal for $1.99!
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!
The dog book of the summer, Lily and the Octopus, is now on sale for $1.99 on Amazon Kindle. Reviews have compared it to The Art of Racing in the Rain and Life of Pi — so if you’re into some good old-fashioned animal magic, you might like this read!
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.