For those of you who follow me on my social media feeds, and read this blog regularly, you will know that I’m no vegan. I, much to the chagrin of many who don’t, eat animal protein. Now I limit it, but I still eat it. That being said, I’m also a huge animal advocate. Which I know many of you will be like; “those two things don’t go together.” Well for you they don’t, but for me they do. If you read, and follow me you also know that I’m a huge advocate of live, and let live, and do not judge. Because you see judgment doesn’t solve anything, nor does it bring people closer together, so let’s agree to not do that.
Now, on with my post. My eldest daughter, Brianna, shared a video with me that truly made me go “hmmm” in fact, truth be told, it’s more on the WTAF level. As you may or may not know, I’ve read the book, A Dog’s Purpose. I also know from having read the book, that I don’t have the stomach to see the movie. While reading the book I was able to put it down when it got too heart wrenching, which was OFTEN. Whereas going to see the movie, where I don’t have access to a pause button, would be way too much for this woman, who is in a bit of a fragile state at the moment, to bear. I’ve been spending the last month going back and forth with myself, tough talking the inner cry baby to get a grip, and go see the movie. I mean I know how it ends, and it has dogs throughout the entire thing, so how bad could it be?
And then Brianna shared this with me. https://www.facebook.com/official.peta/videos/10154977943969586/
WTAF? Why on earth did the animal wrangler decide that this was a good idea for the dog? Why did the writers write this scene in this way?? This scene, for the record is NOT in the book, so why did it need to be in the movie??
The short answer to all of these questions, is that it is NOT a good idea, nor was it a necessary scene in order to make the film. Like not at all. But, it would appear that the movie wrangler, the producers, the writers, and the director all thought it was a fine idea to put the dog not only in danger, but obviously to have the animal FEAR FOR ITS LIFE at the same time.
This is bullshit. These guys are all dicks, and in my opinion, I’d love to throw all of them into that tub of swirling, more than likely freezing cold water, and see how they fair. I mean if you MUST have this scene for dramatic effect, then fine have it, but why not CGI a dog into it like they do with so many other perilous, not ideal situations for an actor to be put into? After all, this dog is an actor. Maybe a four legged one, but an actor none the less, and I can assure you that only a qualified stunt person would actually get into that swirling water. Which is fine. If a stunt PERSON wants to jump into that water, have at it. That human has cognitive thought, which the dog has limited cognitive ability. The human can look at the situation and assess the risk to benefit. The dog cannot. The human can also look at it and plan his/her escape. The dog cannot. All the dog can see is risk. And the fear that that beautiful animal must have felt as the movie wrangler literally wrestled, and forced the dog into that water tank must have been off the chart. I can’t imagine it. I don’t want to imagine it. Kohl can’t even see one of his toys at the bottom of his toy bin without having an anxiety attack, what must that dog have been feeling?? Sheer terror I’m sure of it.
So, if you love animals, the way I love animals, let’s show Amblin Entertainment, Mr. Speilberg’s company, Universal Pictures, director Lasse Hallstrom, and the writers what we think about their support of animal cruelty in order to create drama, by not showing up at the movie theaters to watch their movie.
I mean it’s 2017 folks, the scene wasn’t in the book, it didn’t need to be in the movie. We would have gotten the point of the movie without jeopardizing the well being of a helpless dog. Dogs should only be in water when they’ve put themselves into the water, and can get themselves out of the water. Period, end of story.