You might have one that you love beyond measure, or you may simply pine at the ones who pass you by on the street. Dogs are perhaps one of the greatest gifts humanity has been bestowed with, and the maybe the one we least deserve. Our loyal and loveable companions come in many shapes and sizes, but the joy they give is just the same.
Here are some movies that you should watch if dogs and entertainment are all you want in life.
1. Hachi – A Dog’s Tale
A violent tear-jerker, the movie has been one of the favourite of dog lovers for its ability to capture the highs and lows of having a dog very realistically. When a college professor finds a misplaced dog on the train station, he forges a connection that becomes the lifeline of the haughty little Akita pup as the duo overcome familial objections to become companions for life. Tracing the growth of Hachi from a small puppy to a giant floof-ball, the true story of the unconditional love between human and dog will warm your heart.
Technically a multi-episode documentary series and not a movie, the Netflix offering would still be one of your best binge-watching experience. Traveling across the world and into the stories of unique settings, people, and their struggles and dreams, the series finds a common thread in the four legged creatures that while not displacing the human stories, are such a central factor in it that one realizes so many lives would come to a standstill without them.
3. 101 Dalmatians
Of course, who can forget the the animated movie that gave us the nightmarish villain and the catchy song? The 1961 Disney classic follows the attempts of a litter of Dalmatian puppies as they try to escape Cruella De Vil, a fur-loving woman with sinister plans with the help of their parents and several other street critters who band together in an adorable rag-tag team to save the titular puppies. For an extra dose of sheer cuteness, you can watch the 1996 live-action remake.
4. Marley & Me
Adapted from the memoirs of a journalist, the story follows an affable young Labrador pup, who, much to the dismay of his human and family, is not quite like other dogs in the discipline department – in fact, he’s highly lacking. Impulsive, full of energy and destructive to the point of devastation, Marley nevertheless takes a firm position in everyone’s life due to his heart and golden nature, and his deeds make for a highly entertaining watch.
5. Isle of Dogs
A whimsical stop-motion animated feature from the equally whimsical director Wes Anderson, the movie details the story of a post-apocalyptic Japan where all dogs are banished to an island due to the fears of a canine flu. When 12 year old Atari is separated from his beloved dog Spots due to the decree, he sets out on a grand adventure to restore dogs to their rightful place in the society.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab some popcorn, a pet pooch, and sit down to enjoy a roller-coaster of emotions, but never without the unconditional love and warmth that are so synonymous with these beloved companions of life.