October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. In recognition of Adopt a Shelter Dog month I’m honoring dogs with some of my favorite dog things and things about dogs.
I’m a dog person, and I love dogs, but I’m also a “softie,” so I don’t like watching movies or reading books where dogs die. Here are a couple of my favorite dog movies where the dog lives.
A Dog Year. Based on a book by Jon Katz, the movie stars Jeff Bridges as a man who takes in an untrained, rambunctious dog who grows on him as time passes and training progresses. This is a really feel-good story without being overly sweet, and it reminds me of some of the issues I’ve had with my dogs in the past. They’re funnier when they’re not happening to you.
Firehouse Dog. This is another feel-good movie, about movie-star dog Rexxx, who gets separated from his Hollywood life, and ends up bringing life to a firehouse that desperately needs it.
Hotel for Dogs. This movie is a little hokey, but I definitely relate to the desire to want to rescue and give a home to every dog that doesn’t have one. If I could have a hotel like the one in the movie and take care of all those dogs, I’d do it. This is a good movie for Adopt a Shelter Dog month.
I have a couple favorite television dogs as well.
Clifford, the Big Red Dog. Clifford, who is also the star of a series of books, is big and red, but he’s also gentle and loving, and the best friend anyone could have. If I had space, I’d want Clifford as my dog.
Scooby Doo. Although he acted scared a lot, Scooby was really brave and he sure did love and help his friends. I wouldn’t mind having a crime-solving dog. I’d adopt Scooby if he didn’t have a home.
My most favorite fictional dog of all time? Toto, who traveled to and from the Emerald City with his beloved human, Dorothy.
Why adopt a shelter dog? Why not? Dogs are “man’s best friend.”
There is not a psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. Ben Williams
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Gilda Radner
Happiness is a warm puppy. Charles M. Schultz
One of my favorite dog names belonged to one of my mother’s dogs: Seiko, because she was a watch dog.
October may be Adopt a Shelter Dog month, but there are dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted every day of every month of the year. If you don’t have a dog, or have space in your house and heart for another, adopt a shelter dog. It’s one of the few ways that money can buy happiness.
A Dog Year, 2009, based on a book written by Jon Katz
Firehouse Dog, 2007
Hotel for Dogs, 2009
Clifford the Big Red Dog
The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum