Who cares who Kristen Stewart is sleeping with? And who is Kristen Stewart anyway?
Why is a show about bad dancers who were on television, or speaker of the American House of Representatives, or children of 1970s pop singers so popular?
Who subscribes to People magazine?
I think you’ve gotten the sense by now that I’m not too interested in celebrities. And because of that, I almost made a terrible mistake.
Celebrities are Real People (that other people like to spy on)
One reason I don’t get all excited about celebrities is because I think of them as just like everyone else. They eat and poop and sleep. They treat people badly. They treat people kindly.
In other words, they’re human.
But sometimes, in my snobby contempt for what other people find fun, I forget that this “humanness” doesn’t make celebrities less interesting than anyone else. It just changes the ways in which they express their humanity.
That’s why I’m glad I looked past my initial hesitation and watched My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story when I found it on You Tube.
What I Learned About Celebrities and Their Dogs
I love documentaries.
I love them for the same reason I love reading blogs. I’m fascinated by people telling their stories. And some of the stories I heard in My Dog intrigued me as much as any wonderful blog post.
A few of my favorites:
- Actress, Lynn Redgrave describes how she adopted her dog while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
- You know how people say they’ll never raise their children the way they were raised? Greg Louganis, former Olympic diver, decided not to coach agility dogs they way he was coached by his dad as a diver.
- Did you know that the playwright, Edward Albee, wrote a poem in the voice of his dog?
Most of all, My Dog, was about people who love their dogs, unself-consciously and without regrets.
You Must Watch This Movie
I don’t like when people tug at my heartstrings. I feel manipulated.
My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story was a straight forward depiction of people who love their dogs. At the core is a support for adopting dogs needing homes (20% of the proceeds from the film are donated to the rescue organizations selected by the participants; you’ll find the list in the credits).
But the documentary doesn’t feature statistics or sad stories to convince people to visit a shelter. And it does include stories of purebred dogs and their people. It simply tells stories about great dogs who found someone to love them.
One of the real cuties of the movie is Frieda, a medium-sized black dog who lives with actor, Christopher Meloni. You can see in the footage that Frieda has a malformed paw. It doesn’t stop her playfulness with other dogs. And it’s never mentioned in the film as a pity card.
I got the impression that Meloni loves Frieda so much that she’s perfect to him and there’s no point in talking about a physical condition that’s part of who she is.
My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story
But I’m imbedding the You Tube version right here. It’s 50 minutes long so you might want to bookmark it and come back when you have time to cuddle up on the couch in a big puppy pile.
Did you like it? If so, you can buy your very own copy or give it as a gift through Amazon by clicking the link below. Twenty percent of your purchase will support animal rescue and a few pennies will help Something Wagging pay its hosting fees.