Media Monday – Man of Steel

That’s right, we’re back with another Media Monday! This week I wanted to write about dogs in a new show I watch; but I saw Man of Steel last night and I can’t really contain myself.

Just because I have to say it – I really loved it. If you haven’t seen it yet and you’re a fan of the genre, go see it. Great actors, awesome story (always a superhero fan, myself), and as always, an amazing score from Zimmer. (Did I ever mention I used to be a band geek? Oh, random thought – the MP3 version of Zimmer’s Inception soundtrack is just $5 on Amazon right now. Totally worth it!)

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Mmmmm, hello Handsome! This gorgeous image borrowed lovingly from Jeffrey Taylor’s totally awesome “Spoiler-Free Review” of Man of Steel on Movies.com. You might wanna go read it (just click the image to go). He obviously has fantastic taste.

Okay, now to get this train of thought out of the gutter *ahem* back on track…

As we drive home from a movie, my family always discusses what we liked and disliked, why we think the director or writers did this or that, and how it stacks up to similar movies. Last night, my mother asked me why I thought the Kent family had two breeds of dogs. Aside from the obvious: ‘the first dog wouldn’t live 30 something years so why not?’, we started to come up with some other ideas.

Maybe a producer, a writer, or the director had both an Australian Cattle Dog and a Border Collie and wanted to pay homage to both breeds? Both are great farm dogs, though I don’t actually recall seeing any livestock to herd. I can easily see how people who like one breed would also be fond of the other (case in point, many of my fosters and Lana).

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But I wonder if someone thought to avoid recreating the whole ‘101 Dalmatians fiasco’, as I (and probably a bunch of other people) call it. Remember when Disney made the live action version? About a billion people thought Dalmatians were perfect for them because of that film, and many found out they were wrong. They are pretty big and tend to be active dogs. Really not the right breed for everyone! An old article on CNN written by Beth Nissen explained, “Within months of the 1996 film’s [101 Dalmatians] Christmastime release, thousands of Dalmatians had been rejected — let loose in the streets and along highways, or brought to animal shelters and municipal dog pounds.” Nissen quoted Rose Channer, vice president of outreach for the SPCA in Los Angeles, California: “Dalmatians were outnumbering every other breed brought in that year”. Not only that, but they were buying the puppies from backyard breeders who began breeding the dogs for money rather than quality.

Still of Richardson and Daniels in 101 Dalmatians

I get the allure; they’re freaking adorable. This still of Joely Richardson and Jeff Daniels in 101 Dalmatians borrowed from IMDb. (Thanks, IMDb!) Click if you wanna go there.

By using two different breeds of dogs were they trying to avoid a bunch of people going out and buying ‘the dog Superman owned’?

Honestly I doubt they would have thought of that, but it’s a nice idea. Not as nice as using mutts, but still. I gotta say I’m tired of seeing German Shepherds in every movie ever (not that I don’t love the breed). Regardless of the breed used, it was nice to show that people can, in fact, fall in love with more than one type of dog.

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Simply beautiful still borrowed from insidemovies.ew.com. As always, click the picture to go to the link!

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I couldn’t find a picture of his other dog, so I did this. He’s cute too. The dog, that is. And the man…Where was I going with this? (Click the image to go to the link – shockya.com)

I was pretty pleased by how often the dogs showed up considering they weren’t really important to the story (does this count as a spoiler?). I imagine this was meant to emphasize the all-American-ness of Superman, but who can say for sure? Either way, I was happy. Side note: apparently some people were upset about the lack of Krypto the Superdog in the movie, but honestly I’m not. I think that would have made it too… campy? Not quite the word I’m looking for, but it’s the closest I’ve got. The same reason there were reservations about giving Batman one of his Robins in the Dark Knight trilogy. Krypto was just not necessary. Also not necessary, but somewhat disappointing, was that Miss Lana’s namesake only showed up once. Though, I admit, that’s still better than not at all, which is what I expected.

All dog things aside, the movie was fantastic. Thanks for reading this week’s Media Monday, now go get your tickets for Man of Steel!

Media Monday: Yet Another Life Lesson Learned From Futurama

I was so busy wallowing in the sadness of losing Futurama, yet again, that I didn’t realize it was Monday. At least, not until a wonderful reader/blogger from Thoughts of a Lesser Canine reminded me. (Please address all your thank-you notes to her!)

It seems only logical for this Media Monday to pay homage to Futurama. (And serve as an open letter to Adult Swim asking them to pick up the show, maybe?)

Well, it was worth a shot. Anyway, Futurama fans have seen tons of animals depicted on the show, from alien and futuristic animals to those we know today. And pretty much any hardcore fan also knows about the main character, Philip J. Fry’s long lost mutt, Seymour.

Media Monday: Yet another life lesson learned from Futurama

There are so many paths I could take with this. I could talk about how great it is that they chose to portray a mixed breed dog instead of a purebred (not to mention a rescue straight off the streets!), I could talk about the horrible idea that is dog cloning (and I probably will, just not today), or I could hit you all right in the feels and talk about loyalty. I think I’ll do that.

Media Monday: Yet another life lesson learned from Futurama

Those of you who aren’t fans are probably wondering what’s so special about this scruffy puppy. Well, long story short when his adopted daddy was accidentally frozen for a thousand years during a crank call pizza delivery, Seymour waited outside the pizzeria every single day for him to come home. If I’m not mistaken, he waited for 12 long years.

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

Media Monday: Yet another life lesson learned from FuturamaHachiko is based on a true story though I can’t say how loosely, as I’ve yet to see the film. The story, the true version, is about an Akita named -wait for it- Hachiko. His owner, Hidesamuro, brought Hachiko with him when he moved to Tokyo, Japan in 1924. Hidesamuro was a university professor who took the train to and from work every day. His dog soon realized his schedule and began to meet him at the station every day at around 4:00, waiting to walk him back home.

Media Monday: Yet another life lesson learned from Futurama

After about a year, Hidesamuro suffered from a stroke at work and died. He never made it home. Unfortunately, Hachiko never got the message. Legend has it, every single day, for ten years, he went to the train station at 4:00, waiting for his dad to come home. But he never did.

Media Monday: Yet another life lesson learned from FuturamaWhile he was given food, water, and a bed by kind strangers (and hopefully his owner’s wife), Hachiko eventually died of cancer and worms. Residents of Tokyo were so impressed by his loyalty that they built a statue of him. It was destroyed during World War II, but a replacement was built by the son of the artist, and is still on display to this day at the Shibuya Station, where he waited for so many years.

Media Monday: Yet another life lesson learned from Futurama

Hachiko’s story is lovely, heartbreaking, and inspiring. It may have been the inspiration behind Futurama’s “Jurassic Bark”, the episode which introduced Seymour. Even the awesome people at Google showed their appreciation for him on his birthday, November 10th, by dedicating that day’s “google art” to him.

Media Monday: Yet another life lesson learned from Futurama

I’m sure anybody in rescue has that one pet peeve that makes them want to strangle someone. Whether it’s owners who say they don’t want to spay/neuter, owners who give back a dog when they realize it’s part Pit, or people who take dogs to the shelter because they’ve gotten old. Truth be told, all of these are annoying. But the one thing that breaks my heart more than anything is people who move and leave their dogs behind.

I’ve seen it happen a handful of times, or I’d have thought nobody could possibly be that mean. But, by now my faith in humanity is shaken. It would have been destroyed, if not for the kind neighbors and rescues who step up to care for the new orphans.

I for one will never leave my dog behind: in a move, in a hurricane, never. I hope that if people realized how loyal dogs are, and how long they will wait for their family to come back, they wouldn’t either.

Media Monday

I adore Sherlock Holmes. Benedict Cumberbatch certainly helped with that. But he’s not the only reason: Sherlock is intelligent, some several of the actors who play him are drop dead gorgeous, and he’s a detective (like Batman!). Plus I love mysteries – they were my reading material of choice growing up – and I have to give major props to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for helping to shape the genre. (And props to my favorite poet Mr. Poe for the huge role he played with his mystery stories as well!)

Rescued Dogs Lana and Circus on a Doggie Playdate | Dream Big Bark Loudly

This morning I wanted to update the Facebook page with a dog related quote – just something small so I could get back to my Sherlock Holmes thesis (sounds super fun, right?). But I suppose I got too excited about the quote, which is why we have our first ever Media Monday!

Media Mondays will feature dogs in the media! (Didn’t see that coming, huh?) But I’m not talking about newspapers, because real life isn’t fun. I mean in books, television, movies, songs… you get the idea, right?

Lana, the Rescue Mutt | Dream Big Bark Loudly

This week’s “media” is a quote from none other than Conan Doyle. What a coincidence! And I can’t get enough of it! There are, of course, exceptions, but like it or not, your dog is a reflection of you, in much the same way your child is.

“Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.”
― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Have your dog’s manners started to fade? It probably means you stopped working with them! Does your dog tense up when other dogs pass by on your walks? If you’re anticipating trouble, odds are you’re tense, and your dog is feeling your anxiety. (I’m really bad about this at dog parks!) Dogs have evolved alongside humans and are very perceptive to our facial expressions and body language, even when we aren’t. What I’m trying to say here is: Your dog looks to you for cues, make sure you’re aware of what you’re telling them!

What does your dog say about you?

Rescued Dogs Lana and Circus on a Doggie Playdate | Dream Big Bark Loudly

“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.”
― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes