It goes without saying that all of us here at Spetcial are animal lovers and who doesn't love a good pet themed movie. It is almost as if pet themed movies are a "can't lose". No matter your preference in type of movie, if there are animals involved, I'd be willing to be you liked the flick. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't love a talking dog, cat, or farm animal. Have you ever said "I wish I knew what my pet was thinking?" These movies try to give us an inside look into the crazy mind of our furry friends.
Before we go through the list of my 5 favorite pet themed movies, I have a confession to make. I am an 80's baby so some of these movies may be unknown to the younger generation reading this but that's ok. They are classics and if you haven't seen one of them, I strongly recommend carving out some time to check them out. You won't be disappointed.
5) Lady and the Tramp
This Disney animated classic follows a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby. Lady had to withstand some tough circumstances when Aunt Sarah came to visit with her 2 cats. Lady was viewed as vicious and was therefore muzzled. Lady managed to escape and found herself loose on the street. After being chased by some alley dogs, her Prince Charming comes to the rescue in the form of a stray mutt named Tramp. A romance begins to blossom between the two dogs, but their many differences, along with more drama at Lady's household, threaten to keep them apart.
Lady and the Tramp stole the show with one of Hollywood's most memorable date scenes. How many people have tried the spaghetti trick since this movie came out? Be honest! This classic story deals with forbidden love between a beautiful cocker spaniel and her street dog boyfriend. Many situations tried to drive them apart but in the end, love wins and they live happily ever after.
Beethoven was part of a litter of puppies that were stolen from a pet store. He escapes and finds himself sneaking into a families home only to find that he is not wanted by the father of the house. The father of the house is quickly overruled by his wife and kids and Beethoven finds himself right at home. He helps the kids overcome problems in their life and even saves the life of the youngest child when she falls into the swimming pool.
The family takes Beethoven to the vet for a check up and vaccines without knowing the vet is up to no good and partaking in deadly experimentation with animals. The vet claims that St. Bernards (Beethoven's breed) are vicious and recommends euthanasia due to the the possibility of causing harm to the family. The vet stages a fake attack from Beethoven to try and get him euthanized. Eventually Beethoven is rescued by his family and the vet is arrested for animal abuse.
3) Turner and Hooch
The town of Cypress Beach is shocked when a local man is murdered leaving behind only his junkyard dog who is the only witness to the murder. A detective decides to take the dog (Hooch) home with him in hopes of making him apart of his home and hoping the dog can help him catch the one responsible for the murder. The detective was in for a rude awakening. Being a control freak and liking everything neat and tidy, Hooch absolutely turned his house upside down.
This film is filled with many scenes of Hooch absolutely destroying everything in the house. Hooch tears up couches, pillows and even runs through a door. Don't forget the gallons of slobber that Hooch leaves all over the furniture. One of my favorite scenes is when the detective walks him through the house saying "this is not your room". Hooch and the detective eventually form a bond of companionship. Unfortunately, the Hooch is shot during the pursuit of the man of murdered his original owner and loses his life. Although this movie has a rather sad ending, it does a great job of showing the bond that can be formed between a human and a dog and how dog's are so loyal and willing to sacrifice for their human counterparts.
Coming in at a close 2nd is Max. This is a great dog movie and good for the family without foul language or scenes not suitable for younger eyes. Movies like this are so important because they remind us of how important dogs and other animals are to us and how many of our human lives they have saved. Throughout history we have used animals like dogs and horses to aid us in wars. These dogs are highly trained and play a vital role in helping soldiers complete their missions.
From sniffing out explosives, drugs, humans, and being apart of some of the most secretive special forces operations, these dogs can do it all. Sadly, there are many who have braved the battlefield and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I think this movie reminds us of how brave these war dogs are and that they are true heroes. To those that have served in the past, those servicing in the present, and those who will serve in the future, we thank you for your service.
1) Homeward Bound
Taking the number one spot on the list is Homeward Bound, an absolute classic! When their owners go on vacation at the start of the movie, their 2 dogs and 1 cat are left to stay with a friend. After a few days, Chance (one of the dogs) becomes convinced that something's wrong and runs away with Sassy (the cat) and Shadow (the other dog) following close behind. Determined to go home, they travel across mountains, rivers and even tango with some unfriendly wilderness creatures.
Shadow becomes a hero by finding a lost little girl and alerting her parents. Afterward, when the three pets are taken to a shelter to await their family, they again break out and continue their difficult journey. Exchanging witty dialogue along the way, Chance, Shadow, and Sassy finally arrive home, where they're welcomed with open arms. Chance is personally my favorite character but you have to watch to figure out who is your favorite!
Published by Dr. Mason Romero, DVM