Wonderful dog lover and sometime Captain America, Chris Evans will be narrating Superpower Dogs, a series of stories about some of the world’s most incredible dogs! The trailer below has a few highlights but if you’re like me, smitten with the secret powers of dogs already, and probably know a few dogs worthy of the title “hero” ...then grab a tissue.
With soaring music that sets the tone of heroic feats ahead for these canine crusaders, the trailer with Captain America’s voice, had me a bit weepy. I can’t wait for March when the movie comes out in IMAX theatres. There are only quick highlights and a few slow motion super hero clips in the trailer, but I spotted the Italian Coastguard Newfoundlands and several known search and rescue teams! Who else is excited that these amazing groups (often all-volunteer) are getting this well-deserved attention?
Watch for yourself and if you’ve a dog at home, give them some extra love and gratitude for being your best friend. They may be more of a couch warrior but their ability to give fearlessly is as real as the dogs in this movie.
Watch the official trailer and experience the superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most remarkable dogs:
(Photo above is screen grab from trailer)
Meet Samba. We ran into her on the streets of San Francisco where she was showing two young boys how to sit and wait for a treat. I love seeing dogs out on walks. Often I exchange a smile and a knowing “dog lover club” look with the person, or sometimes just with the dog. I wave at the dogs if they look at me, otherwise I gauge my reaction based on them. When a dog is on a mission to poop or pee in a particular place, or get to the dog park, it would be criminal to get in the way.
When in doubt, this holiday season, remember that love is always a perfect gift.
Love is timeless. Sharing your heart with an adopted dog can make you feel like the smartest, happiest, most amazing person in the world. Opening your home to an animal companion gives the gift of love, safety and care to another being.
So, this holiday season, and beyond, always remember that love, is indeed, a perfect gift.
Quiet. Solitude. Restorative. Peace. Serenity. These feelings can be experienced by a person after time spent with an older dog. The cost? You have to slow down, close your mouth, and open your heart. Being willing to sit still longer than a minute or stay in a bed an extra thirty is also appreciated. A price some people may struggle with paying but I’m here to tell you that you will get what you pay for. If you can, try and look at it as an investment, a long term investment in yourself, and a short term investment in a dog.
Some of us have a harder time than others dealing with the daily negativity online and on television. We get depressed from the high stress level, and would prefer an alternative to drinking a bottle of wine, or spending five hours on a treadmill trying to restore our positive outlook with a few endorphins.
You know what we found is a good alternative? Investing in a senior dog!
Senior dogs epitomize endurance.
Forget reading your Sunday horoscope. Don't listen to the podcast that promises to tell you secrets to the meaning of life. Save your money by not going to that success seminar given by a life coach. Instead, I suggest you find yourself an old dog.
Find yourself a sugar face, a senior sweetheart from your local animal shelter, then love them and care for them through their final chapters. If you are unable to bring an old dog into your home, then find your local rescue and start spending as much time as you can there with their older residents. Volunteer, or if you are older too, join in a cuddle session like they offer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s Cuddle Club.
Do you live in the Bay Area? Do you have an animal lover or dog person who loves to see how dogs positive influence our lives? There are free graduations happening this fall at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael.
These moving events are open to the public and are inspirational and family-friendly for all ages. I think they make for a wonderful weekend excursion and a great way to learn more how dogs give fearlessly!
There is no trick to loving a dog. When I begin my volunteer shift with the old dogs at Muttville each week, I am sure to find a new furry face or five. Sure, first I have to get past the powerful smells that pour out of the rooms, made from twenty dogs waking up in the morning. Then I need to listen beyond the good morning barks. Until finally, I am up all the stairs and able to peer over the gates to offer my own greetings. It is always worth it.
I am always glad to arrive at Muttville and survey the current canine crew. Besides having the “senior dog” label in common, all of the dogs tend to overlap personalities and backgrounds. My favorite experience though is discovering the older pup who is still discovering that they hit the jackpot by having Muttville in their corner now. These dogs have this expression of disbelief that is tangible. I can feel it flowing off of them through their body language, the looks on their face and incredible gratitude.
How is the power of the human dog bond expressed you wonder? Sometimes it can be found in a spontaneous cuddle session in the middle of a walk together.
SUMMER READING LIST: Homeless dog writes letters to all his neighbors hoping to find a forever family
Remember summer reading programs when you were a kid? There was one at my local library that motivated me to read ALL the Lassie books they had and even Old Yeller!! I’m so happy to still have those great memories of sitting in the sun, reading books in the middle of the day — because it was summer!
Over the next few months, I hope you’ll stop by here for my reviews of a few kids books centered around dogs. I was fortunate enough to get advance copies from the publishers, and I bet one of these books will make a great present. Since today is the first day of summer, here is the first book!!
CAN I BE YOUR DOG?
Do you have a little dog lover at home? Have a kindergartener at home, or know a first grade teacher interested in showing their students the art of written letters while introducing them to the topic of dog adoption? I have just the big colorful picture book to read aloud at story time!
Can I Be Your Dog? is a wonderful heartfelt story about Arfy, a homeless dog searching for his forever home. His story is hopeful and bittersweet at the same time. Arfy genuinely personifies what real dogs could go through, teaching a compassionate lesson to little ones.
I immediately fell in love with his big sweet and goofy face, and the tender hearted series of letters he sends to all the people who live along his street.
Letter writing may not be as common as it once was in the era of email and texting but the powerful meaning behind his words and search for a forever family resonates on every big colorful page.
A wonderful benefit to helping dogs thrive is you get inspiring stories like this one in Texas. Have you met Squish? He’s an adorable guy with a crooked jaw and one eye — in the body of a happy, bouncy pup!
Time spent with older dogs can be the best antidote for whatever is ailing you. Each time I walk out of the Muttville doggy loft, I feel better about myself, healthier in mind and body.
Have you wondered what makes older dogs special, why I believe they rule? Read on for five great reasons why spending time with senior dogs can result in a healthier you!!
Happy 2018!! Here’s to a new wonderful year celebrating the many ways the human animal bond is demonstrated by dogs and those who love them.
Here are just a few ways we saw the power of the human-dog bond expressed last year:
- Spontaneous cuddles in the middle of a dog walk
- Compassionate responses to a dog who unexpectedly loses their person
- A tired person getting up in the middle of the night to take their dog outside to pee
- Keeping a second identical toy that is your dog’s favorite on the ready
- Making a special celebration of your dog’s Gotcha Day
- Happy conversations between dog and person in public
There are so many ways we see how dogs positively influence us, and these were just a sample. What’s so wonderful is that there are truly unlimited ways for us to experience the power of this bond.
We’d love to hear from readers below in the comments how the human dog bond influences you...
Whenever I volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue there always seems to be Kodak moments with the dogs. These sweet adoptable dogs caught my eye last year with their loving manner, soft and welcoming expressions, and ability to make me laugh.
Do you need a dose of oxytocin, or a shot of endorphins? Want to feel good about helping give an older dog a second chance at a happy life? Have a few hours in your week to offer?
You’ll get love, when you give love (and a little elbow grease), each time you help Muttville mutts!
Foster. Adopt. Donate. Volunteer.
Wonder why senior dogs are amazing? One big reason is they show how age is just a number!!
November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month. Discover for yourself how older dogs can positively influence your life, and just how it feels to have one show you what fearlessly giving is.
One of the biggest reasons senior dogs, and generally adult dogs, have a hard time getting adopted from shelters is because many people fear loss.
You know a simple way to counter that fear? Flip your perspective!