I just finished watching “My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story” which is a documentary that captures the unique relationship between people and their dogs. While there are several celebereties featured, such as Richard Gere and Glenn Close, the film manages to focus on the simplistic, but powerful, bond people form with their dogs.
I found the movie to be very powerful. As I sat at my desk (I was watching it on my ipad), I occasionally glanced over at my picture of Dash and a tear would come to my eye. Sometimes I think that admist all of the product reviews, product giveaways, and my search for dog-friendly Philly has overshadowed the original inspiration behind this website — my relationship with Dash.
The movie discusses how the dog-human bond is unique to other animal relationships — how a dog is devoted, forgiving, supportive and loving no matter what. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Dash’s anxiety stems from having to be so supportive and loving to me that it’s too much for one little Yorkie to handle. Certainly dogs pick up on emotions and mood. Last year was a difficult one, and his anxiety seemed to reach an all high during that period. It’s no coincidence that Dash is calmer when I’m not around.
The movie also contemplates how an owner’s life will change when their dog passes away. I was surprised to see that I’m not the only dog owner who often thinks about this. I dread the day I have to say good-bye to Dash and, like many of the movie’s participants, can’t imagine going through “it” all over again with another dog.
If you are a dog owner, or even just a dog lover, you need to watch this movie. It’s relatively short, but it managed to touch every emotion. And if the “Rescue Me” song doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I don’t know what will!
Speaking of “rescues,” don’t forget that this week the giveaway is for 3 “Friends for Life” charms made by “maurices” to benefit the ASPCA. What better way to celebrate your bond with your dog? To enter, just leave a comment here about which rescue you support and why.