This is guest post from my long time friend Melanie Smith. Mel is a huge dog lover and after years of working in PR she recently decided to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dog trainer. She now lives on Waiheke Island where she spends her days walking and training doggies. She couldn’t be happier! Make sure to check out her awesome dog blog ‘Major Mel’s Dog Blog‘!
Well there’s no doubt that I’m a huge dog fan and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for a good old-fashioned cheesy Disney dog flick. These movies don’t just feature amazingly cute and terrifically talented doggies – they pull at the heartstrings, put a smile to one’s face and tend to make us feel all gooey and happy about being alive and loved. Have a look through my all time’s favorite list and let me know what you think! Did I miss any? What are your favorite dog movies of all time?
1) Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
This is actually one of my favorite movies of all time and I can distinctly remember seeing this at the cinema with my dad and brother when I was little. Such an epic story, who doesn’t love a good adventure tale? I actually think Sassy, the Burma cat steals the show in this film although that scene at the end where Shadow emerges from over the top of the hill to his awaiting owner has got to be the number 1 most emotional scene in a film of all time! Omg, I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it.
2) Beverly Hills Chihuahua Trilogy
I don’t care how tragic you think I am for liking these movies, they are actually hilarious and really well done! It would be easy to write off these films as crappy Hollywood trash without watching them first. I urge you to actually watch the first one if you are of this belief as it is actually a funny, clever film that is a bit of a piss-take really. I love it, but I think the third film is the best because it has lots of puppies in it wearing ridiculously cute outfits and they are just freakin’ adorable!
3) Red Dog
This is a great Australian film based upon a true story. I love a good true story and because Australia is so close to home this film really resonates with me. It’s heartbreaking and sad but beautifully depicts how in the case of dog-master relationship it’s not always a case of the human picking out a dog to be their pet – sometimes it’s the dog who picks us.
4) Marley & Me
Who doesn’t like this movie? I mean, how could you not? It’s such a well told, artfully depicted, comic, but real and warm tale of what it means to be a family and the ups and downs, mountains and valleys we encounter in our lives that plays part to our human experience. I can watch this movie over and over again and yes I will cry every single time Owen Wilson bids farewell to Marley at the vets :(
5) Hachiko: A Dog’s Story
Man this movie is hard to watch. This movie and Eight Below (which doesn’t make it into my top 5 cos it simply is just TOO sad and hard to watch) are films that I actually had to cover my eyes in and almost not watch in parts due to the downright heart tearing sadness to them. But the story of Hachiko is a legendary one which is based upon a true story of a dog in Japan who never gave up waiting for his master to return.