I guess I’m not the only one excited about the release of “Marley and Me”. I plan on seeing in Tuesday night, so I’ll let you know on Wednesday what I thought. (Although I’m not particularly fond of Owen Wilson, the male lead – hope that doesn’t ruin it for me.)
Anyways, here’s just a bit of the news I’ve seen recently about the movie.
The Free Lance Star has an excellent piece from Lisa Lange (of PETA) talking about how the movie shows that having a dog is a long-term commitment, even if the dog is not very well-behaved. Although I sometimes think PETA activists go too far, I have to say that this was a very well-written article. An excerpt:
“Unless you work at an animal shelter, you’d probably be surprised at the reasons people give for getting rid of their dogs and cats. The animals, they say, are a bother. They bark all the time, take too long to house train, have fleas, keep getting pregnant, are too aggressive, or are too timid. Countless people toss out their “pets” as they would an unwanted piece of furniture when they move or have a baby.”
The American Humane Association is running a new education campaign around “Marley & Me”, hosting special screenings of the movie before its Dec. 25 opening. At these special screenings, local shelters will have dogs available for adoption, and the association will offer pamphlets on dog training and ownership .
I gotta say, the first part of that scares me a little. The last thing you want is people coming out of a movie theater and making an impulse purchase of a new dog. Although, I guess the subject matter of the movie may prevent people from having too big of a pie in the sky attitude about what owning a dog means.
And finally, you can read another story of an insane yellow lab here.Until next time,Good day, and good dog!