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A Dog’s Purpose

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Yesterday, I received a TMZ-released video in my inbox of a dog being mistreated on the film set of A Dog’s Purpose.

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The reason I received it?

I replied “maybe” to a invite to a local animal rescue to see an advanced screening for a fundraiser.

I didn’t want to watch the video; but I did in the end because I wanted to make up my own mind.

I had mixed feelings.

The dog was meant to shoot a scene in rushing water, but done in a pool. The dog was obviously terrified to shoot the scene. (S)he did not want to get into the water. It appeared that the handler was trying to force her in. Yes, I felt bad for the dog. But I guess I felt like the “news” was making this out to be something it was not – that someone was deliberately harming a dog on camera for the sake of the movie. {Like forcing it to sit in a hot car until exhaustion while it whines and whimpers.}

I will not post TMZ’s video, not because of it’s content, but because I don’t want to support TMZ. Obviously, this incident happened some time ago during the shoot of the movie. This is just now being “leaked” just in time for the premier. No way. If you want to see it, you can search for it yourself.

One comment I read about the video:

My dogs fight like this to avoid baths, hair cuts and nail clippings. I have to lay on top of the big one to accomplish most of these feats. The dog was never in any real danger. Sometimes animals dont wanna do things they need to do for their own good. Like children. The dog will be okay and I’m sure the handlers regret their treatment in this instance. But people were on hand to make sure the dog was safe the entire step of the way. He had no way of knowing the dog would panic once in the water like he did.

Later, the local animal rescue posted something else:

UPDATE: AMC is happy to let us play a different movie. Right now we are waiting to see if the film makers have any response. But assuming this is video footage from this movie, we will not be participating. We cannot in good conscience support a movie with this type of treatment of animals.

We understand your dog might not want to get into a bath tub and look similar to this dog, but please keep in mind that these animals are well-trained, want to please their handlers, and are selected because they will do almost anything. So for this dog to be that “disobedient” shows me how absolutely terrified he was.

Both, great points.

I have a friend who fosters from this animal rescue. So I know that this is coming from an animal rescue that split up two dogs when they were adopted when they required the foster parent to keep them to together. People make mistakes, I think the animal rescue did, too…

This couple fostered two dogs that the animal rescue required to remain together. When the couple eventually decided to become “foster failures” and adopt the dogs themselves, the animal rescue did not allow it. They said that they needed to be adopted separately. The foster couple didn’t not understand why this would be if they had to foster them together! They also knew the temperament of these dogs and knew it was a bad idea. When the first dog was adopted, they had to experience the utter anxiety and sadness that the second dog went through after the first dog’s departure.

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In any case, I am not saying what was done in the video was okay in any way. I do agree with the commenter I quoted that the handlers and people on set are most likely regretful of this incident. We don’t know the whole story or if the producers have yet commented.

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What angers me that this was released just before the movie is to premier.

Why not release it immediately if you are truly worried that any harm is being done on set to prevent anything from happening further?

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That is just irresponsible and in my mind says that you as the “news outlet” or the leaker of the video are people that do not care about the well-being of animals, but only of your own shock value and pocketbooks.

I’m also angered because A Dog’s Purpose is one of my favorite books of all time. I feel badly that author W. Bruce Cameron is to be associated with this. I really still hope you do read book as well as the sequel, A Dog’s JourneyIt will be hard to separate it from this movie, but please do. It is well worth it.

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In the meantime, I’ll be watching for a statement release from the producers about the well-being of the beautiful dog that went through a terrifying experience.

Carrie

 

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5 Things I’m Loving Right Now

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I want to mix it up a bit for the five things I share on Friday. Today’s edition…

Five Things I’m Loving Right Now

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1 – Travelers

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My husband is the king of finding shows to watch and telling me nothing about them before we watch them. Hold up. I LOVE THIS! I don’t like to see too many movie trailers or always know what shows are about befordhand. Rob found this Netflix original series when he was just browsing through different shows. Let’s just say – it’s not what you think. I probably wouldn’t have watched it if someone described it to me. So I won’t describe it to you. What I will say: I loved the first episode and was unsure how much more they could do beyond the second. But now we are hooked and have almost finished the season!

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2 – Yoga with Adriene

I’ve mentioned this YouTube channel in a previous post because it helped get me back into yoga. Adriene also hosts a blog by the same name. However, searching for one of Adriene’s videos on YouTube has been more my style. And while I’m currently working my way through her brand new 31-Day Yoga Revolution, I would highly recommend starting with her 30 Days of Yoga series first. I didn’t do them all consecutively, but it did get me into yoga again. Some of the videos are short, so there is a bit less of a time commitment than the Revolution. Alternatively, you can do a search for specific videos – yoga for complete beginners, yoga for lower back pain, yoga when you have a cold. You need it? She pretty much has it!

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3 – Insight Timer

I don’t love the name for this meditation app, but I do love using it! There are over 3,000 free guided meditations from which to choose. There is also a timer if you would like to do one on your own, perhaps with particular sounds. I mostly use the app to help me fall asleep. One of my favorites is Yoga Nidra for Sleep. {The instructor even encourages this meditation if you are on a plane. I never thought of that.} However, I did use a healing meditation once when I had a very uncomfortable stomach ache. There are also reviews of each meditation to help you decide if that particular guided meditation will be right for you.

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4 – TimeTree

Believe it or not, before now, Rob and I had a hard time keeping track of each other’s calendars. I tried using google; but I couldn’t get him to use it with me. I tried sharing my Yahoo calendar and that was too much trouble, too. For all of 2016, we each kept an Excel spreadsheet calendar on our desktops and sent it back and forth to each other whenever we made changes. Seriously. Sometimes, I had to tell people on the weekends that I’d have to check my calendar at work. I kept talking about finding an app that we could use, but wasn’t sure which one would work well for us. Instead, Rob took that action item and found the TimeTree app that has made our worlds so much easier! It’s a calendar that we can both add to and delete from and even color-code. It has been one best upgrades we’ve ever made. And yes, you can now welcome us to the 21st century.

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5 – Books as Movies

Most of the time, if someone reads a book and then goes to see the movie adaptation, the response is, “The book was better.” I am one to agree. {Except for the movie A Time to Kill. I preferred the movie to the book.} But lately, I think many of the screenplays adapted from books have been really well done. One example is A Man Called Ove. Please read the book or watch the movie!

I really enjoyed reading The Hunger Games series. The movies’ sci-fi aspect overshadows the heart of the books a bit in my opinion; but I still appreciated them. Currently, I’m looking forward to seeing A Dog’s Purpose, coming out this month! It is one of my favorite books of all time, from the point of view of a dog. So I’m curious how the movie will be done. Which reminds me, Girl on a Train is out now. I didn’t love the book, but thought it was good. Has anyone seen the movie yet?

Name one thing you are loving right now!

Cheers~
Carrie

 

Friday 5 – Favorites from 2015

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I just wanted to share a few things that really made me happy in 2015. If they made me happy, maybe they’ll make you happy, too!

Five of My Favorites of 2015

Favorite Book I Read:

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This piece of fiction is written from the point of view of a dog. I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s heart-warming and will make you happy. While I’m at it, may I recommend the sequel, A Dog’s Journey?I find myself craving more books written like this. And although we’ll never know how dogs truly think, I feel like I know my own dogs better and connect with them differently.

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Favorite Body Wash:

Olay with Shea Butter

This’ll sound crazy, but this is different from any other body wash I’ve ever used. It is so luxurious and silky. It must be the shea butter. It feels like a combination of body wash and lotion. It’s going to be tough for me to use anything else again!

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Favorite Habit I Adopted:

The morning ritual of drinking hot lemon water. So refreshing and comforting. Plus all of the added health benefits.

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Favorite New Workout:

There are no excuses when you’ve got a 15-minute effective workout like this one.

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Favorite Article I Read:

I talked about it here; but here is the direct link to the article – A Dog Reviews Stanley’s NE Yappy Hour. You are welcome.

Here are some favorites of the past few years:

Name something new that you discovered this year!

Cheers~
Carrie