A Science-Fiction Writer and His Talking Dog

“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.

This #Dogman Don’t Need No Underpants!

Captain Underpants might be cutting loose on the big screens this weekend — but best-selling author Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man series has been wooing (and woofing up) underage book buyers for almost a year now…

‘All #Dogs #Cats #Animals Go To Heaven’ – Pope Francis

Pope-FrancisDoveI usually don’t discuss politics or religion — but I’ve been a fan of Pope Francis ever since he took over the Vatican. And now that he’s recently come out saying that there is such a thing as an ‘Animal Heaven’, well, that pretty much seals the deal! (Business Insider)

Snoopy Movie Coming to a Theatre Near You!

Get ready, blockheads, because Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the Peanuts gang are skedded to hit the big screen! (But don’t rush out to buy tickets yet since the film won’t be in cineplexes until sometime around November 2015.)

Let’s hope the new fancy-schmancy animation can stand up to the simple charms of Charles Schulz’s beloved cartoon classic. (THR)

Katz on Dogs

No writer has consistently written better stuff on dogs in the past decade than Jon Katz, whose bestseller, A Dog Year, was adapted into an HBO movie starring Jeff Bridges — but he may have saved the best for his latest, Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die, a touching, no nonsense non-fiction guide to grieving and getting over the loss of your lovely pet.