The endless bond that humans share with dogs is not new. The man-canine friendship goes back to at least 15,000 years when Bonn-Oberkassel — the prehistoric puppy — was found buried alongside two humans. Today, even science backs the fact that dogs understand humans in a way that no other animal does, giving dog lovers all the more reason to nurture this special friendship.
So if you’re a cynophile but don’t have a pet puppy you could spend time with, consider watching a few movies to celebrate the human-dog dynamic on this International Dog Day. Here are a few suggestions!
5 Movies That Will Inspire You to Adopt Dogs
#1 Rescued By Ruby
This American biographical drama is based on a true story and will melt your heart. It is about a state combatant named Dan who aspires to join the K-9 — a search-and-rescue dog squad of the state police. However, after being rejected several times in the training school, he befriends a shelter dog named Ruby and decides to coach her to get into K-9.
The gripping film is a rollercoaster of emotions and offers a fantastic plot twist at the end.
#2 A Dog’s Purpose
The movie is directed from a dog’s perspective as he continues to wonder about his life’s purpose. The adorable puppy keeps reincarnating as multiple canines and a pet to various kinds of people throughout the movie and eventually realizes the meaning of his existence.
If you’ve just lost your dog and are finding it hard to manage the loss, this is a movie that would help you deal with the grief.
#3 777 Charlie
If you’re up for a regional movie, this Kannada film starring Rakshit Shetty and a labrador retriever is sure to keep you emotionally entangled. The film beautifully depicts the relationship between a reclusive man and a dog named Charlie.
After escaping from a barbaric breeder, Charlie encounters Dharma, a factory worker who leads a monotonous life and fears socializing. Dharma then adopts Charlie but soon discovers that the dog has cancer. He then begins a journey to fulfill his furry friend’s unexpressed wish of playing in real snow.
The film aims to inspire people to adopt dogs, and this is why you shouldn’t miss watching it for the world!
#4 Marley & Me
A happily married couple’s life turns upside down after they adopt a free-spirited puppy named Marley. Although he is a nuisance because of his antics and furniture-destroying tendencies, he always manages to bring out the best in the kids.
Marley, like all dogs, knows when to pause the naughtiness and pour unconditional love upon the pet parents. Watching his innocent mischief will tickle your funny bones.
#5 Secret Life of Pets
The concept behind the animated movie is somewhat similar to the Toy Story series and explores the probability of what happens to pets once their owners leave the house for school or work.
Max’s life as a favorite pet is upturned when his owner brings home a mongrel named Duke. But when both the dogs lose their collars and end up in the sewers, they set their differences aside to survive the harsh city life. Meanwhile, an abandoned rabbit named Snowball wants to take revenge on all the pet owners.
The film is fast-paced and amusing and a testament to teamwork and friendship.