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Dogs Don’t Deserve Us – film review

I downloaded and watched this independent film on Vimeo.

The film, confronting at times, interviews dog owners from around the world about the bond and relationship they have with their dogs.

Filmmakers Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker filmed in 11 countries.

Footage of “Day of the Dogs” in Nepal is both colourful and a window into the Nepalese culture.

A dog walker in Istanbul is as busy as those in many western countries…

Former child victims of the civil war in Uganda are interviewed about the healing love their dogs provide to them as they suffer from PTSD. There is a lot of evidence to show how important emotional support dogs are to victims of PTSD – but the stories are often focused on North America for the support given to returning US soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan and to victims of sexual and family abuse. The use of dogs for PTSD victims in this poor country is an insightful departure from the norm.

Viewers warning: I was totally unprepared for the segment towards the end of the film which features a butcher in Vietnam who trades in dog meat. While the butchering itself is not filmed, we see a live dog in a cage and then its gutted carcass as it is sent to market.

I think the placement of this segment is by design – to underpin the film’s title. Be prepared for the segment because the rest of the film is insightful and largely uplifting.

Dog lovers from around the world share much in common – and dogs provide unconditional love and devotion which crosses cultural boundaries. In a Covid-19 world, it’s a good theme for us to focus on because we have much in common regardless of where in the world we live.

You can rent or buy the film on a number of platforms including Prime Video, YouTube and Vimeo which will support the work of these independent filmmakers. The film’s website gives you all the links and details on how to access the film.

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Digital dog success for Weta

The Wire-haired Fox Terrier is the big winner in The Adventures of Tintin film.  New Zealand’s Weta Workshop has worked its magic in creating a digital version of Snowy, Tintin’s loyal dog.

Tintin is a young reporter with a nose for news.  He was created by Georges Remi under the pen name of Hergé in 1929, appearing in a series of children’s stories/comic books that particularly appealed to young boys.  Investigating crime and finding the culprits were everyday activities for Tintin and Snowy.

It is great to see another dog take center-stage in the film world this year.  This official movie trailer, courtesy of YouTube, gives you an introduction to Snowy (and Tintin) and the wonderful work of Weta Workshop.

We Bought a Zoo – look for the beagle!

Over the holidays, my mother and I went to see We Bought A Zoo starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.  The movie is based on the true story (and book by) Benjamin Mee, who purchased the rundown Dartmoor Wildlife  Park (now known as Dartmoor Zoo) and re-opened it in 2007.

I’m an animal lover and so movies like this appeal to me.  Even better, the family in the story owns a beagle named Leon.  He’s not a main character but as with all beagles – he’s adorable.  Behind the scenes, it sounds like the beagle playing Leon was being a true beagle – with a mind of his own despite his training.    According to Cameron Crowe, the Director of the film, “it was really the beagle who was hard to work with (laughs).”  (Interview on azcentral.com)

My advice:  go to the film and enjoy it and look for the beagle!