This weekend we enter into the dog days of summer. That’s a pejorative meant to signify the summer’s hottest, stickiest, most uncomfortable days. And it might not just be referring to the weather. We’ve got reports of yet another ISIS-inspired threat, this time in Key West. There was another movie theatre shooting. We’ve got GOP candidates desperate to grab headlines by trying to outtrump Trump with provocative comments. We’ve got a dentist slaughtering a beloved African lion.
Well I don’t know about you, I could surely use a dog day right now, in the best sense of the word. And I’m not alone. Have you heard the latest trend in bachelorette parties? Forget the male strippers; According to the Wall Street Journal, bachelorettes are renting puppies for the occasion. Puppies; cute, adorable, life affirming puppies.
Spectrem Group research finds that dogs are the preferred pet of the affluent household. Two-thirds surveyed last year said they own a dog, compared to 49 percent who own a cat. Business owners and corporate executives were especially canine-inclined with nearly 90 percent identifying themelves as dog owners compared to just 42 percent who own cats. Makes sense. Dogs exemplify the traits prized in the corporate world—hard work, education (obedience training) and loyalty.
They also make better, more heroic, more charismatic movie and TV stars. I submit that the worst dog movie is better than the best cat movie. Quick: Name the best cat movie. I thought so.
Of course, the trouble with dog movies is that they are, to quote “My Dog Skip,” a heartbreak waiting to happen. But there are exceptions. Toto makes it to Oz and back in “The Wizard of Oz.” Beethoven brings a fractured family together. Benji foils a kidnapping. And guys are still trying to copy Tramp’s moves in "Lady and the Tramp:"
On TV, we’ve got Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin, Eddie from “Frasier,” perhaps the most sane member of the Crane household, and remember Wishbone—the PBS pooch--who reenacted classic literary characters?
So, as Mr. Burns might say, release the hounds--and let us know—What’s your favorite dog movie or canineTV star?
Cat lovers, we want to hear from you, too. Is "Cat from Outer Space" really the best that you can do?