My family and I have had a very emotional year in which we’ve dealt with a few losses, one of them was our family dog, Darby. He was about 9 years old when he fell asleep on the beach at our cottage this summer and never woke up. That was terrible to go through and even more terrible when I tried to explain it to the kids.
Darby did all of the things that drive you NUTS about a dog – he barked too much, he got into things he shouldn’t have, and on and on. But when we got home that weekend and there was no more barking I knew how much I was going to miss all of those things that drove me crazy about him.
That was back in August. My husband and I e-mailed and shared photos of puppies back and fourth for months…but when it came down to it always decided it wasn’t the right time. Then one day I was on Facebook a friend shared a picture of a dog that a family had to get rid of for some reason..and I thought there’s a dog who NEEDS a home. It didn’t work out with that dog, but a lady who runs an animal rescue called Lost Boys Hope had also commented on the thread. Long story short, I searched through the pictures and found our new dog, Akeela.
So I was feeling particularly raw and emotional towards dogs when I saw the trailer for “A Dog’s Purpose” over Christmas holidays.
I knew right away that I had to see it, even though I would cry like a baby.
But then last week, THIS unfortunate footage came out from TMZ.
I knew there had to be another side to the story – and today I found it. In a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s producer explains his genuine love of animals, the precautions that were taken, and how this may have happened. He went through EVERY second of footage that day to figure out what exactly happened.
And it comes down what many people suspected in the first place…the footage of the scared dog at first was cut together with a different shot in the end. He explained that the shot in which the dog looks scared was taken from a different spot then where they had rehearsed. And that once the dog reacted that way the shot was moved back to where the dog was comfortable.
As for the scene where the dog went under water for 4 seconds, he says what isn’t visible in the TMZ video is a shot from the front, where the water is calmer and a diver and handlers get the dog out of the water. Still not ok (and the producer acknowledged that), but at least there is some explanation.
And WHY did the source wait until 8 days before the movie’s release to hand over the footage? Money. The video came out right when the studio was putting a tonne of money into promoting it.
So…what do you think? I still kind of want to see the movie. But maybe in my own home where I won’t be judged for my sobbing. 😉 Let me know your thoughts!
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