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!

The ‘Burbs

First off, I’ve noticed I have a few new followers of this blog and my facebook page. Thanks so much to you all! I hope you enjoy this page and please always feel free to let me know if you want to see something featured. I promise to get back into regular blogging. Can you believe that this was the first weekend since early September that we had absolutely no plans? Between starting a new job/commuting/moving/settling in I am physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. Wine helps–and so does Tucker!

So, we now live in the suburbs as opposed to the big city. It’s a bit quieter, a bit darker, and we have a lot of deer. A. Lot. I have a bit of a deer fear but it’s slowly getting better as I encounter them more and more here. The other morning I was eating breakfast and Tucker was sitting out on this gorgeous deck we now have. All of a sudden, I saw him stand up and look out into the wooded area. Now, our deck doesn’t have any stairs going down to the grass so I knew he wouldn’t go anywhere, but I looked out and he was in a stare down with a deer kid. Then I saw the deer run off with his brother or sister and a few minutes later I saw a huge elk–or a moose with antlers. Fingers crossed we see no bears.

I’ve made mention how proud I am of Tucker for adjusting to everything. I can’t imagine what its like but dogs are incredible adapters. After going back and forth between his Gran’s house and our place in Arlington, I think he’s happy to have all his toys in one place and new places to sniff. I made sure that before we moved into our townhome, that Tucker got to see it and sniff before we had any stuff in it. Then as the movers were coming, I took him back to my parents house an once we got everything move in, he came back. No need for extra chaos!

There are a lot of dogs in our neighborhood but it’s definitely quieter and smaller than the busy-ness of Arlington, VA. It’s nice that he gets more puppy play time with my parents and brother’s dog, and I think he enjoys that. We were also fortunate to move to a neighborhood that has nice well lit walking paths which were a must for us. This week will be another new thing-if the crazy dog dad’s been travelling, I usually drop Tucker off at my parents to spend the day with his Uncle Oliver but this week we’re trying out a new dog walker so Tucker will be at our place the whole day. I’m hoping it works out well.

Now as we settle in, I’m looking to continue our regular routines, just in a new place. That’s what I feel helps Tucker the best. Has anyone else moved recently?

 

Happy Birthday Tucker!

Today Tucker is 3. I can’t get over that my boy is 3. There was  treats and presents of course. By moving to Harrisburg, we don’t have to share Tucker’s birthday with Halloween as they do their trick or treat on the Thursday before Halloween (don’t ask why since I don’t even know). Our little family is together in our new home and I’m so proud of how Tucker is adjusting.  It hasn’t been easy and I’m sure we’re bound for a few more bumps but he’s handled himself great.

So today my boy is 3. My rope playing, sleep on his back, grab the bath mat and jump on his Bar and Gran is 3. My fluffy tailed boy who loves giving kisses and will give a low little growl if you stop petting him is 3.

And no matter how much he tires me out some days, no matter how much I have to say something like “no! Do not rip the blanket!” “No, do not hump Mommy” or, “can you please just settle for 3 minutes,?” I also say, “please don’t grow up!” Which is ridiculous I know, because no matter how old you are, you’ll always be my puppy.

So tonight we sang Happy birthday and made wishes for health and happiness and new fun adventures. Because you my Tucky, are three. And I’ll love you forever.

Tucker’s Travels

Happy September! We have some cooler weather and I so wish it would last but they said another heat wave next week. September will usher in several changes in our lives as I take on a new job and I’m a bit anxious with all the changes that will be happening next week so I’m going to try and enjoy this weekend to the fullest.

Last week my husband and I went on a trip to London! I’ve never been and it was so cool. Tucker was well taken care of with my parents and Spenser and Oliver. He’ll be seeing more of them this fall as we’re moving back to their area and I know they just love each other so much. Of course, Tucker’s still having some colitis issues that he’s being treated for. I’m hoping with all these upcoming changes, it doesn’t get worse but we’ll just have to see. Positive pooping thoughts please! (yep, I just wrote that!)

Here’s a question for you- when you travel, do you leave a guide for your pet sitter–even if they’ve watched your pet before? We have a Tucker guide and depending on who watches Tucker, it can be anywhere from a page to a few pages. I like to write everything I can think of so no one gets surprised. My parents who have watched Tucker several times laugh at this. However, when we picked him up on Sunday, here was an exchange between my dad and I:

Dad- Tucker tore up a blanket. Pretty minor.

Carly:  Did you read the guide? I said not to leave blankies with him.

Dad- Oh yeah, I actually read it two days after he did it.

Dads!

Anyway, there’s a lot of cute stories I’ve seen since we’ve been awhile. Here’s a few!

Blind dog led by his canine pal: I just love love love this story! It just shows how loving dogs can be.

Puppy with Purpose: Of course, I believe all puppies have a purpose but there are some really amazing pups out there. Of course the Today Show profiled Wrangler and now has Charlie. Best of luck Wrangler and I love seeing Charlie and his noise cancelling headphones!

Hugging pup: Full disclosure, I may have profiled this dog before, I can’t remember. But I think this is so cute. I want to find her next time I go to NYC!

And in DUH news: Dogs understand us! Of course they do, but like children and husbands, they have selective hearing! I frequently ask Tucker if he has his listening ears on.

Hope you have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend planned!