A snowy yet somewhat pleasant Saturday afternoon and a clogged secondary road near Polson that hadn’t yet seen a snowplow was perfect incentive to head downtown to take in an early matinee.
And while I vaguely recall someone saying there was some controversy surrounding one of the star canines featured in “A Dog’s Purpose” while I might be compelled to search the info out after the movie, seldom would such commentary influence whether or not I would attend.
Now for people of my age group or thereabouts I’ll share with you that I was happy this isn’t “Old Yeller,” but still I didn’t stay entirely dry eyed and besides everybody needs some sniffles and tear drops every now and then when ………In My opinion continues.
Mick Holien back on your radio where I’ve shared with you previously that I like chick flicks and tearjerkers and besides tears of distain were balanced by those of pleasure Saturday in listening to the usually stoic Jim Boeheim describe his 1,000th victory as one of his best ever in his close to four-decade Syracuse career.
Primarily most noteworthy because the NCAA vacated 101 of the head man’s victories because of rule violations which were even haunting the program when he alluded to them to me at the pre-game press conference before playing Montana in the NCAA Tournament in San Jose Ca. in 2013.
Oh yes back to the movie which opens as Bailey, a Golden Retriever rescue dog describing living out his life on a Michigan farm and nicely setting up that relationship only understood by well should I describe it as “dog people.”
After euthanization he returned as a female mongrel named Ellie who eventually also crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be replaced by a German shepherd named Buddy.
I’m not going to spoil what I found also to be a message-oriented movie about both animals and their human counterparts.
But the controversy – if you would describe it as that – arrived when footage surfaced by TMZ that showed a shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream for one of the movie’s scenes.
Those associated with the recently-opening movie assured The New York Times that Hercules, the shepherd, was unfazed and had done the stunt several times but the footage prompted People for the ethical treatment of animals to call for the film’s boycott.
I haven’t seen the footage so can’t render an opinion but full well realize there are those who would think nothing of mistreating “just a dog”