The hefty American pitbull who wolfed down cans of tinned rat in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood" won the Palm Dog prize at the Cannes film festival Friday. Known as Brandy, the brawny beast played a starring role as Brad Pitt's trusty hound in the dark fairytale, which wowed critics at the world's biggest film festival. "At least I do not go home empty-handed," quipped Tarantino as he picked up the silver-embossed dog collar on behalf of "my wonderful actress Brandy". "I have no idea if we're going to win the Palme d'Or," added the director, referring to the festival's top prize, "but I do feel I was in good standing to win the Palm Dog." "I read a piece that said they were kind of weak on the dog section (for this year's award) and I and was like, 'Ha, ha, ha! Little do they know what's coming!'" he said. What got tails a-wagging on the jury, which judges the best canine performance every year at Cannes, was Brandy's "memorable movie meals" in … [Read more...] about Tarantino’s Hollywood hound takes home Palm Dog award
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By Kristen Page-Kirby The Washington Post Thu., May 16, 2019 A Dog’s Journey tries to prove that it’s possible to make an uplifting movie in which a dog dies — repeatedly. That’s not a spoiler; it’s literally the plot of the film. Journey rests on the same conceit as its 2017 predecessor, A Dog’s Purpose. In both films, based on bestselling books by W. Bruce Cameron, a dog named Bailey (voice of Josh Gad) gets repeatedly reincarnated, each time to protect someone important. The previous film focused on a character named Ethan. Now it’s Ethan’s granddaughter, C.J. (Kathryn Prescott). We first meet her as a toddler (Emma Volk), living — rather tensely — with mother Gloria (Betty Gilpin) and grandparents (Dennis Quaid and Marg Helgenberger) on the family farm. When a major conflict arises, Gloria and C.J. head to Chicago, where Gloria aims to pursue a singing career. Through the course of four lifetimes and … [Read more...] about A Dog’s Journey: watch a beloved pet die, again and again
By Yvette Van Veen Special to the Star Wed., May 15, 2019 Q: This will be our dog’s first summer. How do we best prepare him for the bustle of the summer season? More importantly, how do we prepare him for fireworks on the long weekend? Should we take him to an event so he can get used to them? A: Socialization is critical for all dogs. Well-socialized dogs feel safe in the world. They can cope with all that life throws their way. This would include noisy and crowded environments such as the summer festivals. When it comes to fireworks, the short answer is no, you shouldn’t take a dog to a show as a means of socializing them to the noise. Each year, after Victoria Day, lamp posts are covered with posters of lost dogs. Many of these dogs bolted when frightened by fireworks. While some people may insist that they take dogs to events with no ill effect, it’s a very high-risk strategy with potentially tragic consequences. The issue with risky … [Read more...] about How do we prepare our dog for fireworks on the long weekend?
By Jerry Klein American Kennel Club Tues., April 30, 2019 Everyone has probably seen at least parts of a dog show, either on the yearly televised American Kennel Club National Championship, the National Dog Show or in the movie Best in Show. There’s much more to dog shows than cute dogs trotting around an arena. What is “conformation,” and what deems a dog “best in show”? Here is a brief introduction. What are the origins of dog shows? Dog shows are also known as “conformation.” It is a sport, a competitive organized event that was started about 150 years ago in England. The original purpose was as an exhibition and competition to find the dogs that did their function best and to evaluate breeding stock. Through the years, selective breeding was done to develop strains of dogs that excelled on their function. Eventually, those strains became breeds. As breeds developed, the fanciers of that breed organized themselves into … [Read more...] about What you need to know about watching a dog show
By Ellie Advice Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Q: My fiancée and I are mid-50s and experienced nasty divorces (mine’s ongoing) from long-term first marriages. We grew up together since Grade 1, like sister and brother. After graduation, we stayed in-touch until 1987, when we each got married. We lost touch other than becoming Facebook friends in 2008. Last May, six weeks after my ex and I separated, I opened Facebook and the only friend online at that time was my now-fiancée. That day we talked on the phone for the first time in 31 years. Our relationship blossomed into the deepest, most soulful, loving relationship possible. We live in different parts of the country, so the distance/time apart is difficult, but we got engaged last October and plan on a life together once I’m divorced. Article Continued Below We have only one problem — I’ve never wanted a dog. My fiancé is a dog lover. Her three dogs are … [Read more...] about I’m afraid my fiancée will pick her dogs over me: Ask Ellie