I’m sure most of you have already seen or at least heard about the video taken during the filming of the movie, A Dog’s Purpose. For anyone who loves dogs, it is a hard clip to watch. I was shocked that any trainer would treat a dog that way. Dogs can’t talk and tell us what they are thinking or feeling, but anyone watching this can clearly understand what the dog is so desperately trying to let this handler know. By forcing the dog in the water the way that he did, he has done harm that is everlasting. Having taken in dogs that were abused in puppy mills, I know firsthand that experiences like this one, stay with a dog. They don’t forget. We have worked with Charlie for the last 6 years, getting him to trust us, and even though I believe he knows that we would never hurt him in anyway, he still reacts in certain situations. He can’t eat a meal without constantly backing away and scanning the room to make sure he is still safe. While on a walk, he will pancake (lie as flat as he can on the ground) when a motorcycle or loud car is near. He will always have triggers from what he has been through. With some things it comes and goes, and with others they are constant. What I saw in that clip has changed my mind about seeing this film. I was looking forward to it, as I had read the book and was anxiously awaiting the release of the movie, but I won’t go and support this. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” It isn’t just the behavior of the trainer/handler that I don’t understand, it is everyone else who was on that film set. No one said anything. No one did anything. No one cared enough to do what was right. I am only one person, but I will do what I feel is right, by not supporting this film. Instead, I will put the $10 that I would have spent on a ticket, towards the next EBP donation.
If I were to make a list of things that make me happy, right up towards the top would be receiving messages like the one below…
“Hi! My name is Brenna and I got a blanket from you guys via Cierra! I’ve been meaning to send you a picture for awhile but kept forgetting! Kaia just turned a year old and loves her blanket!!!!! 😊 here are a couple pics!”
Brenna, thank you for sending these great pics, and for purchasing a quilt from EllieBellie Project. Kaia is beautiful.