This blog is a departure from my usual laser focus on workplace issues. Today we are going to have a little fun with the movie industry. I have the pleasure of introducing Otis, one of my Chicago-area colleagues, and together we are going to pick some of tonight’s Oscar winners. Otis is a Newfoundland, and like me, a member of a respected working breed of dog. Since I am leash aggressive, we have never met face-to-face, but based on our correspondence, I can assure you that Otis is an insightful Dog of Letters.
We want to start with a few disclosures. As dogs, we are not allowed in movie theaters and therefore, neither of us has ever seen a movie. (Fortunately, some of our Leader dog and Service dog colleagues may see the occasional flick.) Nor are we allowed on the Red Carpet. In fact, many of our kind are not allowed on any carpets. Nevertheless, we have used our innate canine investigative skills to unearth publicly available information about the movie industry to enable us to provide credible reviews of the movies, actors and actresses.
Before we get to the 2015 nominations, we each want to share our personal favorite movies of all time. For me, the choice is clear: “Rocky”. Why? It’s a love story about a Boxer who gets a second chance. Does this sound like anyone you know?? Also, ”Rocky” is the name of many of our fellow dogs and the name of my humans’ first canine partner. (Please read the tribute to Rocky, below.) Otis’s favorite movie is “Must Love Dogs”. Not only is this a sensitive portrayal of the special bond between dogs and their humans, but it is also gratifying to see a black Newfoundland get a leading role in a major motion picture. And we are both huge fans of the Great Diane Dane.
Here are our picks for the 2015 Oscar Winners:
Best Picture: Two Paws Up for The Grand Buddha Pet Hotel: How can you not love a resort that offers a spiritual environment to pets? (We have heard a lot about this new movie “Fifty Shades of Greyhound”, but we can’t imagine how this topic could possibly stay interesting for 125 minutes.)
Best Actor: Bradley Coonhound in “American Sniper”. In addition to what we hear about Coonhounds’ superb performance, this movie is about a vet, and we have enormous respect for all vets.
Best Actress: Reese Withersbone, in “Wild”. Although we dogs are thoroughly domesticated, this movie sounds interesting.
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruff Ruff, for his performance in “Foxhound Catcher”.
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Sheepdog for “Into the Woods”. We would love to go into the woods with Meryl!
We would also like to remember some of our past Oscar favorites. Who can forget Collie Firth’s magnificent acting in “King, Speak!”(2011). Not to mention Jamie Fox Terrier’s brilliant portrayal of Cavalier King Ray Charles(2005). And did you know that Spaniel Day-Lewis leads the pack of male actors with three Oscars? Among the winning actresses near and dear to us dogs are Sandra Bulldog in “The Hindside” (2010) , Kate Whippet in “The Retriever” (2009) , and Gwyneth Pawtrow in “Shake, Spear!”(1999). How we wish we could have seen some of the best pictures, including Slumdog Millionaire(2009), Dances with Wolves (1991) and The Hound of Music(1966).
In closing, we must warn you that we have only scratched the surface on all the puns and doggie plays on words we dug up for this year’s Oscars, and we promise to be back next year with more!
Your best friends,
Harley and Otis
A Tribute to Rocky
Rocky was the first canine partner retained by my humans. Like me, his placement was made possible by the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society. He served faithfully for twelve years and was an invaluable member of the team. Although we never met, I owe him a huge debt of gratitude. He paved the way for me, opening doors and hearts. Please consider adopting your next pet from an animal shelter. We won’t let you down!
Check out the Pawscar Awards the best animal performances in movies.