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People think that I’m a cat person just because I have 3 cats, haha. I am not a cat person or a dog person – I’m an animal person. I love any and all animals. I would adopt every stray animal in the world if I could. I’m the girl that is up at 4am watching cute animal videos on the internet, with tears running down my cheeks. I’m also the girl that can’t stand to watch those terribly sad animal charity commercials. If you tell me there’s an animal in a movie, you will find me watching it the very next day.
There are some movies that just make you want to go hug your pet. All of these movies feature a dog (or a few) that is so likable that you want to make him a part of your family. Instead, you can just go hug your dog and tell him how much he means to you.
Olive (Alicia Silverstone) is a top doctor with high hopes of starting a family, but her out-of-work husband, Clay (Ryan Kwanten), is too busy concentrating on his dream to be a big league hockey star. On the brink of divorce, the couple can’t agree on who will take custody of their beloved dog, Wesley. Things go from bad to worse as they battle it out in court. Resorting to cheap tactics and dirty tricks, Olive and Clay pull out all the stops to win back Wesley, with hilariously disastrous consequences.
2. Marley & Me
A New York Times bestseller, Marley & Me is a memoir of Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan’s life with his yellow Labrador retriever. The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.
Beethoven: With nefarious dognappers hot on his heels, an adorable St. Bernard puppy adopts George Newton (Charles Grodin) and his family but soon wreaks havoc in their lives when he grows into 185 pounds of trouble! Beethoven’s 2nd: Charles Grodin stars in this hilarious comedy about the further adventures of the Newton family and their lovable, lumbering pal, Beethoven. In this second “symphony” Beethoven has been separated from Missy, the lady St. Bernard of his dreams, by her hateful owner (Debi Mazar). Will Missy, Beethoven and their puppies ever be reunited? Beethoven’s 3rd: Prepare for cross-country fun as Richard Newton’s family vacation takes an unexpected turn with the appearance of a surprise passenger, the excitable Beethoven, who unleashes a string of canine calamities!
HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: This thrilling and thoroughly captivating theatrical hit from Disney has become an instant favorite with audiences of all ages. You’ll lose your heart to Chance, a fun-loving American bulldog pup; Sassy, a hilarious Himalayan cat who lives up to her name; and Shadow, a wise old golden retriever — all of whom express themselves with very familiar human voices! The adventure begins when the loving owners of these irresistible pets are forced to leave them in the temporary care of a friend who lives hundreds of miles away. But after several days, the worried animals begin to think their family must be in trouble, so they decide to head for home. On their incredible journey across the ruggedly beautiful Sierras, they encounter unexpected surprises from man, beast, and nature alike. It’s an unforgettable story of love, courage, and devotion that will delight and inspire generations to come!
5. Air Bud
Now you can kick off all-star family fun with this heartwarming Special Edition, featuring exclusive all-new bonus action: SPORTS CHANNEL play-by-play quarterbacked by the BUDDIES! This time out, Buddy, the hoop-shooting, hotshot canine, tackles a new sport — football. When his teenage owner reluctantly becomes the school’s new quarterback, Buddy catches the spirit and joins the team. Soon, the two find themselves leading the Timberwolves to the state championship. But victory hopes are sidelined when two sinister Russian circus owners take a bite out of everyone’s plans and dognap Buddy for their star attraction. Give three cheers for Disney’s hilarious hit that goes the whole nine yards for outrageous fun and adventure.attraction. Give three cheers for Disney’s hilarious hit that goes the whole nine yards for outrageous fun and adventure.
6. Milo & Otis
A curious kitten named Milo and his inseparable friend, a pug-nosed puppy named Otis, tumble through one exciting escapade after another in The Adventures of Milo and Otis, a heartwarming live action film. Milo and Otis start life together on a farm and spend their days exploring the barnyard and the surrounding countryside. One day, the little feline is swept down a rushing river and Otis takes off in pursuit to rescue his friend, thus beginning a series of adventures. The Adventures of Milo and Otis, which took four years to complete, is a film that will delight both the young and young at heart.
Hotel For Dogs is a funny, heartwarming and inspiring animal adventure t hat shows how far love and imagination can take you. When 1 6-year old, Andi (Roberts), and her younger brother Bruce (Austin) find themselves in a foster home with a strict “no pets” policy, they must use their qui ck wit to find a new home for their dog, Friday. When they stumble into an abandoned hotel, they realize the y can transform it into the perfect place for Friday- as well as all the strays in the city. What began as a crusade to save one do g becomes a high stakes adventure as everyone around them starts to wonder- who let the dogs in?
Based on a true story from Japan, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a moving film about loyalty and the rare, invincible bonds that occasionally form almost instantaneously in the most unlikely places. College professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) finds a young Akita puppy that’s been abandoned at the local train station, and he’s instantly captivated by the dog. Assuming the dog’s owner will return to the train station to claim him in the morning, Parker takes the puppy home overnight. But when no one comes to get the dog, Parker convinces his wife, Cate (Joan Allen), to welcome him as part of the family. He dubs the puppy Hachiko–Hachi, for short–because of the Japanese symbol for good luck that’s hanging from his collar. Hachi is a somewhat peculiar dog that refuses to learn to fetch or master other people-pleasing tricks, but he is a faithful companion and friend to Parker, alerting him of potential dangers and accompanying him to the train station each morning and meeting him there after his return trip each evening. An unforeseen event will continually test Hachi’s devotion. This film is neither overwrought nor sappy; it is heartfelt and immensely powerful despite its tendency to drag in a few places. Prepare to be moved to tears by this beautiful, seemingly simple film–it’s about so much more than just the relationship between a man and his dog. –Tami Horiuchi
9. Eight Below
Walt Disney Pictures presents EIGHT BELOW, the thrilling tale of incredible friendship between eight amazing sled dogs and their guide Jerry (Paul Walker). Stranded in Antarctica during the most unforgiving winter on the planet, Jerry’s beloved sled dogs must learn to survive together until Jerry — who will stop at nothing — rescues them. Driven by unwavering bonds of friendship, enormous belief in one another, and tremendous courage, Jerry and the dogs make an incredible journey to reunite in this triumphant and inspiring action-adventure the whole family will treasure.
The dog everyone loves now leaps into the ’90s in this all-new, exciting, updated version of Lassie! Determined to start a new life in the country, the Turner family-Dad, Step-mom, little Jennifer and teenager Matt – leaves the city for the wilds of Virgi