Review: A Dog’s Purpose

Another good chunk of time has gone by without a blog post. My apologies….I have lots of good ideas but sometimes the last thing I want to be doing is sitting behind a computer screen.  BUT I love this blog and I love to write. First, I’ve noticed that despite not writing regularly, I’ve gotten a fair amount of new followers. I’m not sure how you found me, but thank you!

Now, on to my post…a few months ago, I saw the trailer for  A Dog’s Purpose and knew, that despite it taking me 4 times to watch without crying, I wanted to see it. Shortly before the movie came out, there was a bit of controversy with the film which I think drew a lot of people away from it even though a further investigation found no wrong doing.  Now, I am not a big movie watcher. I might go to the movies 2-3 times a year, if that and I don’t watch a ton of movies at home. A few weeks back though, I decided I wanted to go to this movie and it worked out as my husband wanted to go see another movie and they were both playing at similar times.

I’m not going to give any spoilers away here, but everyone should know if they saw the trailer that the movie follows a dog named Bailey and his boy Ethan. When Bailey passes, he is basically comes back to live as other dogs to figure out his “purpose.” Here were my running thoughts during this movie:

  1. The dog’s name is Bailey, same as my human brother’s dog and the movie Bailey looks like my Tucker. This isn’t going to be good for me.
  2. About 30 minutes in–as I’m already starting to tear up, what the f— am I doing at this movie? Why did I think this was a good idea? Why did my husband think that me going to this movie was a good idea?
  3. Ok, a funny moment. Ok, I can do funny and sad.
  4. Haha, this one dog looks like my brother Oliver’s girlfriend. We like to think Oliver is Emily, our golden who passed away. I can get behind this reincarnation story now.
  5. OMG, what if Tucker is really someone else? Does Tucker like being Tucker? I think he has a pretty damn good life but what if he is longing for someone else?
  6. OMG, what if Tucker doesn’t have a good life during his next life? Can’t think of that. Gorge on these Starburst minis.
  7. Ooh, I like this ending. Stop crying. Pull yourself together, you have to leave the movie theater now and go hug Tucker for the remainder of the day.

It wasn’t a bad movie, but it’s probably not one I’m necessarily going to buy or watch when it comes on TV. As I’ve said before, it is uncanny how we sometimes see things that were so Emily and Spenser in my parent’s dogs Oliver and Tracer that take our breath away. Things that other dogs don’t do, but that they did and now Oliver and Tracer are doing and it makes you really think.

I will leave you with the end quote in the movie…the dog’s purpose…because it’s one of those things that I think we can take into our daily lives to remember (well except maybe the licking part…):

“Have fun, obviously. Whenever possible, find someone to save and save them. Lick the ones you love. Don’t get all sad-faced about what happened and scrunchy-faced about what could. Just be here now. Be. Here. Now. That’s a dog’s purpose.”

You’ve Got a Friend In Me

I know, it’s been awhile friends. With Christmas and the start of a new year, life has continued to be a little hectic. We are already into February and here it is Super Bowl Sunday and we’re also getting ready for Valentines Day (we all know Tucker is SUCH a ladies man).

This past week, we had a very special visitor in our house: Tracer! Tracer is Tucker’s 4 month old golden retriever uncle. Now, you may be chasing your tail here in confusion, so let me explain. My parents have two golden retrievers as you know, Oliver and Tracer. Now, because they are my parent’s pups, that means they are my brothers. Which also means they are Tucker’s Uncles! Anyway, my mom went in her for her highly anticipated knee replacement surgery last Monday and Tracer came to stay with us. And don’t worry about Oliver–he enjoyed a few quality days of spa time at the wonderful Kind Hearted Pet Resort. Tracer is not old enough to go to the Kind Hearted Pet Resort so we got to host him!

I admit–I was a bit nervous. Tracer is 4 months old and while very well-behaved for a puppy, it would still be a new environment for him and it would be Tucker’s very first houseguest. Yes, Tucker has always been the bride but never a bridesmaid-always a guest at other homes but never hosting. Tucker and Tracer get along but when we would go to my parents, Tracer was always a little nervous of Tucker. Tucker likes to run, play, wrestle and make all sorts of noises which would freak Tracer out. So, we set up a few playdates where Tracer came over a few hours to get used to this place before he slept over and all seemed great but it’s a whole different dog park when Tracer would be here for the week.

Last Monday, I came home from work to two playful pups. Any concern I had about there being some nerves from Tracer or Tucker feeling put out was immediately put in the crate as I watched these two wrestle and cuddle. Tracer had no fears and settled in quick and Tucker truly enjoyed having Tracer here. There were a few scuffles over toys, but otherwise it was a smooth visit. Sure, I haven’t slept past 5:45 AM almost a week, I’ve used 8,000 poop bags, and I’ve been knocked over a few times when I’ve gotten in the way of puppy wrestles but it was all worth it. It always is when I see puppy happiness. It will be weird to not have Tracer tonight since he went home to take care of his Mom.

This morning as I was doing the morning walks, I found myself singing the song, You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story. I’ve been so depressed about the state of our country lately but these two pups reminded me of all the good in the world.

“You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got troubles, and I’ve got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together and can see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me.”

 

Now please excuse me if I don’t make it to the Super Bowl halftime show!

Happy July!

Happy July! I have to admit, my creative juices have been a bit on summer break. Given the fact that I haven’t seen as many blog posts from some of the other regulars I follow, I think the same is true for a lot of people!

Last weekend we saw Tucker’s favorites- his Gran and Bar and his Uncles Oliver and Spenser. He even got to see Bailey, my brother’s dog who he adores. It was a good weekend- I got to go to a Dixie Chicks concert and the crazy dog dad got to golf a few times. And of course, Tucker got to play and play and play.

This weekend is 4th of July and Tucker and I are enjoying some nice weather that DC has given us- not too hot and humid which makes for some good walking weather (and also maybe some good wine drinking weather on the balcony!).

I’m on the hunt for a good bone to give Tucker–he’s a super chewer and can get bored easily. We give him knuckles but he’s been known to break a few chunks off . Any suggestions? Does anyone feed the dog frozen marrow bones? I’m curious as to how those are…

Just leaving you with one funny clip I saw this week. The crazy dog dad sent this to me and I honestly could not stop laughing. Seriously, this couple could be me. If you only knew how much I talked about poop, or woke up in the night asking where Tucker was, you would know..

And here are a few photos from Tucker’s latest adventures…

Back in the Saddle Again

Well, we’re back from vacation and each one of us enjoyed ourselves. I promise Tucker will be recapping his adventures at some point this weekend, but in the meantime I think he’s happy to be home but missing his dog family.

We are having a pretty low key weekend after our adventures of the previous few weeks. Additionally, I’ll be traveling next week for work so Tucker and the semi-crazy dog dad will be bacheloring it up. And, the heat and humidity are back in force this weekend. How I’ve loved the past 2 days of no humidity and cooler temperatures for our walks.

Speaking of summer, have you seen this information from the Journal of the American Medical Association? Something to keep in mind…of course, I’m that wacko that will put her hands down on the concrete to see how hot it is for his paws…also, check out the dew points too before you go out- the higher the dewpoint, the stickier it is!

Now that I’m off that soapbox, here’s some things I’ve seen the last few weeks that have made me laugh (and cry)

Bretagne passes away– I’m sure you’ve all  heard about this, Bretagne the last known search and rescue dog from 9/11 passed away earlier this week at the age of 16. Rest in peace sweet angel, you are an amazing dog.

Does your dog have an Emergency Plan? True story, the other night I was in the shower when I heard the fire alarm go off. Now, our apartment smoke alarms are VERRRY sensitive but rarely does the full building fire alarm go off. I wasn’t even sure if that’s what it was at first but luckily the semi crazy dog dad got me out of the shower. I was worried Tucker would freak the you know what out about the noise but he loved this fire alarm since it meant EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS BUDDIES WAS OUTSIDE AT THE SAME TIME! Luckily, this wasn’t anything serious, BUT it got me thinking that we need to have a plan in case we aren’t home one day and this happens. This article is helpful in getting something together!

Toddler Steals Dog’s Treat: Toddlers I tell you, nothing but trouble.

We’ll be back later this weekend…

 

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