I was in the theater with my family watching a movie and saw the trailer for this fictional film based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A DOG’S PURPOSE, is a sweet and lovable family film that shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
Told from the perspective of “everybody’s best friend” the film highlights the importance of familial bonds, and the unconditional love we have for our best friends. The movie stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, and John Ortiz.
One element of the film that was interesting is that the dog, upon death comes back in another dog’s body. Over the course of many deaths, the dog retains memories and lessons from previous lives. For very young children it may be prudent to discuss anthropomorphism and the spiritual ramifications of life after death.
Seeing this trailer brought back fond memories of my own childhood pets, Magic and Allie (A poodle and an alley cat that was rescued from a mechanic’s garage). These two pets entered my life as a child and lived through my young adulthood. Folks who know me now would never believe it, but both of these babies shared my bed every night, since I was the last child still living with my parents. I relied heavily upon them for the never-wavering adoration that pets bestow upon their owners. They were always happy to see me, always interested in curling up in the bed with me when I was feeling down, and always had funny and interesting antics. And the two of them, though a dog and cat, got along brilliantly.
This movie is opening in films this weekend, and I think I will take David (my eleven-year-old son) to see it. I am a little worried this may turn up the heat on his desire for a dog. This is simply not possible right now due to his severe allergies.
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