A Weekend Flick

Need a feel-good movie for the weekend?

Here’s a winner!

All you instant Netflixers out there…put this in your Instant Queue!

My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story is a great little movie.  It’s only 50 minutes but it’s packed with lots o’ celebs and a bunch of fun, touching stories about the human-dog relationship.  What I love most about My Dog is that it’s completely relatable!

Richard Gere and his wife make an appearance…

As does one of my favorites, Glenn Close.

And, being that I dabbled in springboard diving during the teenage years, I can’t neglect to mention that Greg Louganis is in the film, as well!

It’s really cool to see that underneath all of the glitz and glam, movie stars and world-famous athletes are down-to-earth Dog Moms and Dads just like us.  They cherish the same unconditional love that they share with their dogs as we do with ours.

It’s the perfect movie to snuggle up to with your dog(s) on the couch!

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This week’s blog schedule is a little wonky, so I wanted to update you on when to check in.  Tonight’s blog takes the place of Tuesday’s regular post.  Check back again on Thursday for a review of Teton’s new EzyDog harness (finally)!

Cinema Thursday

I adore movies.  I also adore psychology.  Being that I was a psych major in college, I have this special affinity for movies that have to do with psychology.

Our local Blockbuster is closing, so the other day I popped in to see if they had any good flicks.  People.  I’m telling you, if you’ve been wanting any, and I mean any movies, run to your nearest Blockbuster and scoop them up!  I got three for just $5.99 each (all of which are new releases) and I’m planning on going back this weekend to see if they are even cheaper.

One of the movies I’d been dying to see was HBO’s Temple Grandin.

If you’re not familiar with her, Dr. Temple Grandin’s work in the livestock and animal husbandry field has been monumental.  Through her work to improve animal welfare (specifically that of farm animals who will eventually be slaughtered), Grandin has earned a respected reputation as an advocate for the ethical treatment of all animals.

The psychology part comes into play because TG has autism.

This film delves deep into both Grandin’s experience with autism and her research. surrounding animal welfare. It is fascinating and thought-provoking.

Temple Grandin (L) and Claire Danes (R)

I also downloaded the sample of Grandin’s book, Animals Make Us Human, for my Nook.

I think that what I love most about TG is that she puts herself in the shoes of the animals that she works with.  That truly gives her a better understanding of how we can, as she says, “create the best life for animals.”

For more information on Temple Grandin and her research, check out her website.

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Have you ever gotten down on all fours and seen the world the way your dog sees it?

I challenge you to do so tonight, tomorrow, this weekend…

I think you’ll learn something from it.

See you this weekend!