Some of the dogs are amazingly well trained (or well behaved); Greg Louganis’ dog is a mini Olympian in its own right and Lynn Redgrave’s would go to the theater and wait in her dressing room while she performed, never once barking. Others are more like my dog; Cindy Adams’ dogs are spoiled, Lasse Hallström’s dog is uncooperative, and Isaac Mizrahi’s dogs rule the roost.
So many of those interviewed, like Edie Falco, feel that what the dogs give us is so much more than what we provide them. Veterinarian Amy Attas explains simply and directly what’s wrong with puppy mills.
My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story is “a tribute to all the dogs that have made our lives richer and happier… MY DOG captures the remarkable bond between our dogs and ourselves.” Indeed, it does. Not only will you get an appreciation of the “profound connection” stars like Glenn Close and Richard Gere have with their dogs, you will also get a glimpse into the respect these people have for their canine family members. If you have a dog, it will remind you why; if you don’t, it might tempt you to check out the shelter (I hope it does!).
Extra features on the DVD include 17 minutes of deleted scenes and interviews, filmmaker bios, and trailers.
Bottom Line: Would I buy My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story? Yes, yes, yes! There aren’t all that many films that I watch with a big, dumb smile plastered on my face throughout the entire presentation. (“20% of every dollar earned by the film will be donated to nonprofit animal welfare charities.” There’s another plus.)