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National Popcorn Day

What goes with popcorn like butter and a movie? To recognize #NationalPopcornDay, let’s look back a this post from last year: Rescue Dogs Take The Starring Role that spotlights rescue dogs in the movies and on TV.

This year was another dog-filled movie year with films like Max, and the upcoming A Dog’s Purpose. Not live-action, but The Secret Life Of Pets gave us a look at what happens when the people aren’t home.

Grab a bucket of popcorn and your remote, and get settled in for great stories with our canine friends.

American Humane Association Pawscar Awards logo

And The Pawscar Award Goes To…

This year was the seventh annual Pawscar Awards from the American Humane Association. The award celebrates the top animal stars in film and television.

This year, hosts Pauley Perrette (CSI) and Lou Wegner (The Pledge, A Christmas Tree Miracle) presented awards in eight categories plus three more voted by the public. The list of categories and winners is below.

During the ceremony, from Perette’s house, she and Lou gave facts about the AHA and what was involved in the recording of iconic scenes from each movie. Did you know that in the rain scenes of The Hunger Games, Buttercup the cat, was covered in warm water. When the scenes were over, the cats were towel-dried and moved to a warming tent.

 

Best Family Dog Love the Coopers
Best Moving Performance The Hateful Eight
Best Hitchcockian Hound The Gift
Best Rodeo Romance The Longest Ride
Best Bribe Daddy’s Home
Best Repurring Cat Performance The Hunger Games Series
Best Ensemble Performance Cinderella
Best Hero Dog Max
Favorite Animal Buddy Movie of All Time Turner and Hooch
Favorite Animal Drama of All Time Seabiscuit
Favorite Animal Movie of All Time Old Yeller

For more than 75 years, American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed®” program has acted as the only official film-industry sanctioned group ensuring the humane protection, safety and welfare of animal actors on the sets of movies, television shows, and commercial shoots. Each year the program oversees the protection of more than 100,000 animal actors on more than 1,000 sets in the U.S. and around the globe.

Check out the “No Animals Were Harmed” program detials and guidelines at: www.humanehollywood.org 

Article picture credit: screenshot AHA Youtube channel.

Winners of the CW Network “The World Dog Awards”

Celebrities and their famous canine companions honored man’s best friend at THE WORLD DOG AWARDS hosted by George Lopez.

The CW published a complete list of winners including these below. Be sure to visit their website for a complete recap of the show!

 

Full list of winners from THE WORLD DOG AWARDS:

  •  Dog of the Year: Gabe, therapy dog to wounded U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford
  •  Top Movie Dog: Carlos as “Max” (from the film “Max)
  •  Top TV Dog: Scruffy as “Whoopty Woo” (television series “Empire”)
  •  A-List Dog: Amanda Seyfried and Finn
  •  Pawpular: Manny The Frenchie (@manny_the_frenchie on Instagram)
  •  Supporting Actor to a Dog: Jason Schwartzman in the film “7 Chinese Brothers”
  •  Best Dressed: Doug The Pug
  •  Most Amazing Journey: Sissy
  •  Top Spot: “Mastery” / Chase (a commercial that featured a dog)
  •  Celebrity Dog Selfie: Joey Graceffa and Wolf
  •  Top Trick: Norman, the Bike Riding Dog
  •  Happiest Reunion: Calla and Wrigley and Army E-5 SGT Krista Coey
  •  Hot Dog: Dally, the Horserider
  •  Most Dog-Like Animal: Amy Trotter, the Pig
  •  My New Puppy: iJustine and Matt
  •  Pop Dog: “All of Me” (Charity) – John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Puddy and Pippa
  •  Performing Pups: Nathan
  •  Best Rescue: Joel Silverman and Duchess
  •  Top Video Game Dog: River as “Dogmeat” from “Fallout 4”

HONORARY CATEGORIES:

  •  Underdog: Khalessi
  •  The Dog’s Life Achievement: Toto (from “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz”)
  •  Subaru Pet Hall of Fame: JJ
  •  Award of Loyalty: Saint and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Harbaugh

The awards are presented by IAMS brand and SUBARU.

Source: Winners of “The World Dog Awards”

Top Five Movies Dexter Would Like

According to IMDB, these are the Top Five movies Dexter would like. They list 25 of the top dog movies, and these are the cream of the crop that made it to the top. Some I don’t know. Some I’ve never seen. They are all legendary in their own right, however.

Top Five:

1. Lady and the Tramp

Who can say anything badly about this movie. Its Disney and dogs at their finest. Its a love story, a story of separation and reunification; two lovers separated by their societal class. Heartwarming. I’m glad its number one.

2. Lassie Come Home

Wow. 1943. They are really reaching into the vault for this one. A story of a boy and his dog, his rescue dog. Lassie escapes from her new owner and travels across Great Britain. No boys in wells in this movie, but still a great family-friendly talking picture to bring back some memories.

3. Clash of the Wolves

Continuing the theme of description movie names, Clash of the Wolves as a title gives you a good idea what happens. This one is Rin Tin Tin, another golden oldie western, about a Miner and his dog.

4. Pups is Pups

Clearly, the use of the English languages hasn’t improved much since Number Four on our list was produced. I’ve never seen this one. The comments describe it as a “talking short” recorded in the nineteen thirties. While not unsafe for children, I read that you should probably have a talk with them before watching it.

5. The Pooch

Heavy in star power, The Pooch casts Norman ‘Chubby’ Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba, Allen ‘Farina’ Hoskins in this 20-minute short as they enter their dog in a dog show.

The Contenders:

Surprising were the movies that ended up way down the list like Old Yeller, Turner and Hooch, The Incredible Journey, Call of the Wild, and the Wizard of Oz.