Don’t Choose your Dog Based on a Movie….
Ok so whether it be 101 Dalmatians, Hotel for Dogs or Beverly Hills Chihuahua movies about dogs always seem to create a demand for the dogs in that particular movie… Then the over breeding begins and that leads to more dogs in shelters and to more back yard breeders (not doing things correctly) to keep up with demand. Not to mention the fact the dogs in the movies are highly trained and very rarely depict the personality of the actual bred in question!
Hey I don’t want to come across saying I don’t like dog movies, I really do enjoy them but I watch them with the eyes of a dog trainer, not a person falling in love with a particular dog because of what I am watching… And god forbid I am not the person who on a whim, after seeing a movie, is going to go out and buy a dog!!!
The newest movie out is called Max… Here is a brief description from the website:
After U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott is killed in Afghanistan, Max, his highly trained service dog, is too traumatized to remain in service. Back in the U.S., Kyle’s family adopts the dog, but teenage brother Justin (Josh Wiggins) has problems of his own and doesn’t want the animal. However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to learn what really happened to his brother. With the help of a dog-savvy friend, Justin and Max begin to bond, and set out to unravel the mystery of Kyle’s death.
Sounds like a cool movie (and you can bet I will see it) but before you see it or are introduced to Max ( a Belgian Malinois) I want you to check out the link below to a trainer that owns a Malinois and does a great job in describing the breed and what the necessary work you must put in to own one of these majestic animals!
My goal here is to educate folks of the importance of knowing the breed before becoming enamored with them. All dogs are beautiful and we can love them from afar but to own a purebred dog is to know the breed before you buy! That way they all find their forever home and never find themselves in a shelter! Another option that has to be mentioned is adopting a good old fashion Mutt (they make wonderful pets as well) plus they in most cases already need a home that you could give. Whatever your decision, just promise to make it an educated one!
As always, have fun, and remember to Keep it Simple Stupid! 😆
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