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Eight Below

10 May

I was thinking about writing about Marley and Me, but  honestly, I hate that movie! So I decided to write about a movie that I do like. And Eight Below is one of them. I didn’t see that movie for a long time, and I kind of forgot the plot, but with a little help from Wikipedia, I can throw something together for you guys.

The movie is about eight sleigh dogs… pulling a sled. But they make it so exiting! In 1993, Jerry Shepard is a guide at an Antarctica research with the crew of the USA research base, and the only way they can get to Mount Melbourne is with “The dogs”.

Maya,

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Shorty,

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Max,

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Old Jack,

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Dewey,

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Truman,

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and Buck.

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The first thing that caught my attention, is that the dogs knew where they were going! They asked them, if they’re going to Melbourne, and the dogs barked, as if they were saying “yes!”. The question is, can they really do that? Do they recognise and know were they are going? The answer is: yes! They can be live GPS’s, and they can navigate you to places. But only, if they know that place. I even have a story to prove it:

My friend lives on a hill, about 2 miles from the city. And he once took his dogs pups to the vet, to have the doc check them out. The vet was about 3 miles from their house, and believe it or not, his dog was waiting outside when they got out! That dog went all the way to the vet all by herself, and waited for her pups to get out.

So dogs do remember places, and streets, and parks. If they get lost, and they want to go back home, they’ll find there way home.

The next scene that I wanted to talk about, was when that guy falls into the ice, and Maya has to give him the rope carefully, because she can easily fall in too.

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The reason I wanted to talk about this scene, is because it was fascinating how carefull she was. Dogs tend to recognise if you are scared, or angry, or happy, from the way you talk. Like if you are scared, then your voice is trembling. Or if you are angry, then your tone is very harsh, and loud. Now in the movie, the dog detected, that her owner was scared, and serious. She heard her demands, and just as her owner, she took it seriously too. However, if you don’t teach this “trick” to your dog, than she won’t know what to do. It would be like you telling her to sit, when she doesn’t even know how to do that.

Of course I have a story to back this up too. It was my second dog, a Golden Retriever, and we were taking her for her very first walk. Now just as we were about to leave house, we saw a fox jumping the fence and aiming at our little puppy. I was horrified, and so was my mom. So she grabbed the dog by the leash and pulled her up into her arms. The dog didn’t even move. It would be likely, that after a movement like that, an impatient pup would be fidgeting or fighting or at least moving around to be comfortable. But no. This dog knew what’s up. And she layed there like stone. And she didn’t even need a command. They just know.

The “turn” in this movie, is that the dogs are left all alone in the “desert of snow”, and it is too dangerous to go back for them.

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Now these are Huskies we are talking about. The “children of wolves”, and no matter how much you make a pet out of your Pointer, or your Golden Retriever, they still have their instincts in them, and that’s what these Huskies used for survival.

Sniffing, barking, running, hunting, howling, these are all instincts that they can count on when they are in trouble, like these Huskies are.

Huskies are one of the wildest, “non tamed” dogs. They can’t live in apartments, or cities, they need to live in a place close to the wild, were they are free, and were they can be in touch with their instincts.

Walt Disney pictures (my favorite thing in the world) made a movie in 2006 called ‘Eight Below’. This is one of the most amazing true stories ever told about survival, friendship, and adventure. I truly love this movie, and if you hadn’t seen it, then there’s a first time for everything.

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The next generation of sleigh dogs 🙂

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Here’s the trailer for ‘Eight Below’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXkoGlxVbLY

Turner and Hooch

12 Mar

I hope everyone knows what I’m talking about when I mention Turner and Hooch. If not, well, then I guess I’ll just have to tell you:

This movie is a 1989 comedy drama and action film starring Tom Hanks and Beasley as Turner and Hooch.

Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) must adopt a large and slobbery Dogue de Bordeaux into his neat and perfect life to solve the murder of Amos Reed, a friend of Turner, who was a junk-yard owner. Believing that Hooch is the only “witness” of the murder, Turner agrees to take him in, and of course, Hooch wrecks his house, and his car, and turns Turners life upside-down.

Now, for the ladies! Hooch also helps a little with Turners Love Life with Emily Carson, the town veterinarian (Mare Winningham)

Beasley is a trained K-9 police dog/actor, although the Dogue de Bordeaux is not on the list with the most popular K-9 breeds. A police K-9’s job is:

1. Protect the officer (There are dogs, who are not specialized for this. These are the dogs, who are: Argentino Dogo, Boxer, German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer)

2. Attack (there are attack dogs, like the Argentine Dogo, the German Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois etc.)

3. Sniff out bombs (Argentine Dogo, Labrador Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Bloodhound, Beagle etc.)

4.  Sniff out drugs (Argentine Dogo, Labrador Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Bloodhound, Beagle etc.)

5. Sniff out food (Argentine Dogo, Beagle etc.)

6. Ground based tracking (German Shepherd, Bloodhound)

7. Air based tracking (German Shepherd)

8. Locating human remains (German Shepherd)

9. Locating drugs (German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois)

10. Locating evidence (German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Bloodhound)

11. Locatind IED’s (German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois)

12. Prisoner transport (Belgian Malinois)

13. Human tracking (Belgian Malinois, Bloodhound)

14. Odor specific ID (Bloodhound)

15. Finding missing people (Bernese Mountain Dog)

So, these were the K-9’s jobs. I collected these, from only the top K-9s: The Argentine Dogo, the German Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois, the Boxer, the Labrador Retriever, the Doberman Pinscher, the Springer Spaniel, the Bloodhound, the Beagle, the Rottweiler, the Giant Schnauzer, and the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Now I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, I just thought that this little fun fact is just a bit related to the movie and would be a fun topic. I really loved the movie, and highly suggest it for all dog lovers. It was funny, cute, and exciting.

Thank you, for reading this long, and boring list of the same breeds over and over again, and I hope (if you didn’t watch it already) that you’ll watch this terrific movie.

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Hachi

10 Mar

If I may, I’m going to depart from the subject for on post, because a legendary dog, Hachiko died in March 8th, 1935. I would just like to say a few words about him.

Hachiko was born in November 10th, 1923. (He lived 12 years) in Japan, Odate. He is now in Tokyo, National Science Museum of Japan.

His owner was Hidesaburo Ueno. He was an agricultural scientist, mostly known because he was the guardian of Hachiko.

Hachiko was Golden light brown with white (peach white) color on the upper face, which is most common in Akitas.

Hidesaburo Ueno adopted Hachiko as a pet in 1924. Every day Hachiko would wait for his owner at Shibuya Station until May, 1925, when the professor did not return. He suffered from Cerebral hemorrhage (brain problem) in which he died. Every day, for the next nine years, Hachi was waiting for him. At first the people who were working at the station (knew who’s dog he was) weren’t necessarily friendly, but after a while, everybody was bringing treats for him.

Hachiko was found on the street in Shibuya. In March, 2011 scientists found out what the cause of death was. He had terminal cancer and a filaria (worms). There were also for yakitori skewers found in his stomach, but they did not damage his stomach, or caused his death. His monument is in Aoyama cemetery in Minatoku, Tokyo.

In Shibuya’s railroad station, every year on April 8th Hachiko is honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance. Hundreds of dog lovers honor his memory and loyalty.

Well, thank you, for reading this, and remembering this legendary loyal and cute dog, Hachiko. Whenever you drop by Tokyo in April, or any time, for that matter, please check out Hachiko’s statue.

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Also check out the movie: Hachi. But only for emotionally strong people, because we all know the end of it. I never saw it, I hate movies were dogs (or any animals) die. So I can’t tell you, what the movies about.

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101 Dalmatians

29 Aug

Let’s start this weeks topic, with one of the most famous dog animation movie of all time, the 101 Dalmatians.

The stars of the 101 Dalmatians, are Pongo and Perdy, the two Dalmatians, who fall madly in love, and have 101 puppies! Now is that possible? No. The most puppies a dog can have is max. 20! But it depends on the size of the dog, and the breed.

The whole essence of this movie was that a women (Cruella De Vil) was planning on killing the pups for there fur, but she failed, mostly because the dogs were communicating with each other, to help. Now is THAT possible? Well, this is a movie, so you don’t usually expect big things, and the reason why, is that dogs can’t communicate like that. I like to think they can, but the people and the websites I asked all said, no. They can only communicate with smells,  movements, and facial recognition. But there is one thing I found that could be true. (I’m sure there is more, I just found one for now). At the beginning, when Pongo and Perdy meet, they sort of wrap the leash around there owners, Roger and Anita. That could be true. Not the same way, but dogs get nuts for each other in this situation. Maybe, they start running around, or doing crazy stuff, like getting nervous, or jumping, barking, or everything at the same time! So, nuts.

101 Dalmatians 2 came out in 2003, and this time Patch (one of the 101s) is sick of not being one-of-a-kind, and runs off to London, while Cruella still holds on to her dream of little dalmatian fur. One of the things I looked up for, is that Pongo and Perdy are very attentive of their  pups, and that is the same in real life. Not that they count them every night, but just like us, they take them to bed, wash them, and helps them sleep. Dogs are very thoughtful not just of their pups, but their owners too.

But I must warn you, that Dalmatians are very wayward dogs, and they prefer adults more than kids.

(Ps.: I haven’t seen 101 Dalmatians for a very long time, so if I made any mistakes in the movie’s story, then please write it down as a comment 🙂 )