Popular Christian movie review site, PluggedIn, however, says Show Dogs “feels like a talking-dog version of Miss Congeniality: a canine caper the youngsters will giggle at”…with less “doggy doo-doo humor than expected.”
Well, I couldn’t IMAGINE what could be more doggy-doo-doo-like humor than exposing children to grooming through the unsuspecting lens of an animated movie. But with that being said, as someone who hasn’t observed the movie myself, I’d like to offer a comparison of how both sites evaluated the film so you may come to your own conclusion in regard to Show Dog‘s safety for your child’s eyes.
Plugged In, a site whose mission is to ‘go deeper, diving into specific content and the meaning behind it,’ elaborates on the positive, negative, spiritual, and sexual elements as follows.
Though they are initially at odds, Max and Frank eventually come to respect and support each other. In fact, that get-along-with-others-philosophy is a central theme here. One of the show dogs even spells it out clearly, saying, “Everything works out a whole lot better when we trust others and show them respect.”
Along with that lesson, Max and Frank also make a number of self-sacrificial choices in the course of solving their case.
A seasoned show dog named Philippe agrees to help Max prepare for the dog show. And at one point he prays, “Dear Lord, please forgive my student’s ignorance.”
Another dog named Karma repeatedly voices spiritual-sounding statements. Among them, he uses the Hindu greeting “Namaste,” and he encourages others to meditate on their situations.
Some of the female dog handlers wear formfitting, low-cut outfits. A male handler ushers in his dog while shirtless.
A trainer offers to let Max breed with his dog. Frank repeatedly cups Max’s nether regions (off-camera) to prepare him for the judge’s on-stage inspection of him. Max and another female show dog share a “kiss,” à la that iconic canine canoodle in Lady and the Tramp.
OTHER NEGATIVE ELEMENTS
The film includes some predictable toilet humor—though perhaps not quite as much as I’d anticipated. During a grooming session, Max passes gas in a tub where he’s being scrubbed. He purposely distracts some humans by dragging his backside around on a carpeted floor. And a group of deputized pigeons wonder if someday their feathery descendants will “poop on statues of us.”
But what’s most surprising, is that after scrutinizing each of their key categories, the reviewers reached the following conclusion:
“Show Dogs is a kids’ movie through and through. If you consider its story and presentation on a graduated scale—say, one that ranges from whine and scratch on the low end all the way up to a family pleasing tail-wag peak—this pic probably qualifies as a Saturday-matinee chew toy that lands on the less-enthusiastic, flea-bitten side of the scale. It feels like a talking-dog version of Miss Congeniality: a canine caper the youngsters will giggle at even as parents roll their eyes wearily. “On the plus side, it actually has plenty of action and less doggy doo-doo humor than I expected. And in the negative column, there are some extended dog-private-parts-inspection moments and a couple uses of the word “d–n” that really should have been left on the cutting room floor.
Your kids will likely think it’s silly and fun.
Plugged In says their ratings are “based on a movie’s content elements and worldview, not necessarily its artistic qualities. The more family-friendly a film is the higher the rating.”
This movie was rated a 4 out of 5. YES, 4.
It seems as though what Terina defines as a “disturbing hidden message” is glossed over as a minor negative element by Plugged In as a ‘dog-private-parts-inspection,’ that still warrants an overall very positive rating.
Now, let’s take a quick visit to Terina’s review that shed quite the opposite perspective on Show Dogs.
During the movie, I kept thinking, “This is wrong, it doesn’t need to be in a kids movie,” she shared. “Everything else in the movie is good fun except for this.”
The mommy blogger asserts that what could have been a fun movie for children was tainted by a dark message unfit for the big screen:
“What could have been solely a fun movie for kids that would get my highest recommendation is damaged by a dark and disturbing message hidden, not so subtly between the fluffy dogs and glamorous parties of the show dog lifestyle. As part of any dog show, contestants are judged on their abilities and physical attributes. One part, in particular, is the inspection of the dog’s private parts. Being that Max is new to competing, he needs to learn the process so his partner, Frank, along with a former show champion work to get him ready for the final round of the competition. Since the inspection of the private parts will happen in the finals, Frank touches Max’s private parts to get him use to it. Of course, Max doesn’t like it and snaps at Frank for him to stop. Max is then told by the former champion, who has been through the process before, that he needs to go to his ‘zen place’ while it happens so he can get through it. More attempts are made by Frank to touch Max’s private parts, but Max is still having trouble letting it happen and keeps snapping at him.
The day of the finals come and if Max doesn’t let his private parts be touched, he may lose the competition and any hope of finding the kidnapped panda. It all rests on his ability to let someone touch his private parts. The judge’s hands slowly reach behind Max and he goes to his ‘zen place.’ He’s flying through the sky, dancing with his partner, there are fireworks and flowers-everything is great-all while someone is touching his private parts.”
And the scarier part?
While Terina, her husband AND her mother picked up on the concerning message, her daughter found it to be the most entertaining part:
“My husband mentioned that he picked up on this message too, as did my mother who saw the movie with us. My daughter, on the other hand, said her favorite part of the movie was when Max got his privates touched and the funny reaction he had.
The extremely bothered mother decided to use the opportunity as a teaching moment to reinforce that “private parts are just that, private“:
“We talked about how I didn’t feel that part needed to be in the movie. We talked about how we never let anyone touch our private parts, what they should do if anyone tries. We reinforced that if anyone tries to touch their private parts or asks them to touch their private parts they should talk to us about that. We talked about different ways children can feel pressured to participate in those types of behaviors. A child predator is usually known to the child, rarely are they a stranger. We talked about bribes or threats, we discussed the fact that that type of behavior is not a game, we reminded them the same rules apply to kids as well as adults.”
As a survivor of sexual abuse herself, Terina is quite passionate about doing everything she can to equip her children to protect themselves from the sly tricks of predators.
“Children are our greatest resource, if they have already been a victim of abuse this movie has the potential to be very triggering for them,” she shared.
“With the #MeToo movement and all the talk of sexual predators in Hollywood,” added Terina, “I couldn’t help but think this message, that is blatantly in the open for adults to see, but over a child’s understanding, is meant to groom children to be open to having people touch their privates, even though they don’t want it.”
“The message here is WAY beyond inappropriate — it’s downright DANGEROUS for our kids!” said Jenny Rapson of ForEveryMom.com, piggy-backing off of Terina’s cautionary message.
“I’m a make lemonade out of lemons type of girl, so let’s take this movie and use it as a great teaching tool,” continued Terina, who says she will neither encourage nor discourage people from seeing the movie–but WILL highly caution.
As I’ve not seen the movie myself, I feel I’m in no position to advise one way or the other, but I would 100 percent encourage you to screen the movie ahead of time before deciding if it’s a fit for your children’s eyes as a teaching lesson, ESPECIALLY if they have ever been victims of sexual abuse.
In the words of Terina, “Although you cannot prepare a child for every situation the more knowledge you give them the stronger their defenses are!”
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(CNN)When Jordan Sonner bought her home on Hawaii’s Big Island in 2016, she knew her neighborhood sat in the East Rift Zone, in the shadow of the Kilauea volcano.
“At the time, I understood it as a possibility,” she said. But she never thought it would be a reality.
Now Sonner’s neighborhood is at the center of an unfolding emergency after the Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, spewing molten rocks and high levels of sulfur dioxide into the area.
By Sunday, at least 26 homes had been destroyed as a result of the eruption, which was followed by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday — the island’s most powerful since 1975, according to the US Geological Survey.
As of Sunday morning, nine volcanic vents had erupted in evacuated neighborhoods on the island, County of Hawaii officials said.
All residents of Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people near the Big Island’s eastern edge, and nearby Lanipuna Gardens have been ordered to evacuate.
Neil Valentine and his family also left their home Thursday night in Leilani Estates. He later saw a video on social media showing lava splashing and bubbling a few feet from his home, he told CNN affiliate KITV.
“Just basically heartbreak,” he said of the scene. “My wife and I have been married going on 26 years. It was pretty much our dream home that we’ve been looking for all this time. Just knowing that we’re not going to have a house, my wife is still in tears.”
Vents still opening
Cracks in Kilauea volcano’s rift zone — an area of fissures miles away from the summit — erupted Thursday and early Friday, spurting lava near the island’s eastern edge.
“The area continues to be unstable with volcanic venting and related hazards of earthquake and poisonous gases ongoing,” the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said Saturday night.
New photos released by the USGS showed a wall of molten lava that came from the seventh fissure in Leilani Estates and a new crack in one of the subdivision’s roads.
Breathing large amounts of sulfur dioxide can result in burning of the nose and throat, and breathing difficulties. Senior citizens, the young and people with respiratory issues are especially vulnerable to the gas, the state’s Emergency Management Agency said.
Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno told CNN affiliate KHON that the vents had quietened Saturday, “but we’re pretty certain that we’re not done yet.”
“Vents continue to open up, so we lost a few more structures,” he said. “I’m pretty happy that we did evacuated the whole neighborhood and unfortunately some people are still in there and we need to get them out. The gases are still high.”
Some first responders have felt the affects of the gas, he said.
On Sunday, some Leilani Estates residents were allowed to return to their homes to gather additional supplies, belongings and any pets that may have been left behind, according to CNN affiliate KGMB/KHNL.
Residents wracked by uncertainty
Sonner was at work this week when she heard that lava had erupted in her neighborhood.
“It was a moment of panic,” she said, “because the only thing I knew was, ‘lava in Leilani.'”
This time she was ready. She had bags packed with her clothes, important documents and whatever her dogs would need. The only other item she took was a chain necklace that belonged to her late father.
“I’ve always said that’s the only thing I would run back into a burning building for, barring people and animals,” she said. “There wasn’t anything that important.”
Corey Hale is one of the residents staying at the Pahoa Community Center. She was originally staying with a friend, but later chose to camp out in the parking lot.
“I wanted to be around a lot of people,” Hale said. “It just felt better.” Volunteers there have kept evacuees safe, well-fed and have plenty of hot coffee ready in the mornings.
Still, Hale wishes she’d been able to get more things from her home in Lanipuna Gardens before she left, like a compass that belonged to her great-grandfather, and other family heirlooms.
“At this point, I’ve got what I’ve got on my back,” she said. “I didn’t realize until this morning, I’ve got one pair of shoes.”
Another resident, Steve Gebbie, told CNN’s Stephanie Elam on Saturday that he initially stayed home when evacuations were ordered. But when he saw lava tear through the streets near his Leilani Estates home, he knew he needed to leave.
He didn’t know what would become of his house, one he built with his own hands.
“Now it’s trying to figure out what the future brings. … My work. My job. Am I going to have to move to somewhere else on the island?”
“I’d have to start over at age 56,” Gebbie said. “That’s concerning.”
Sonner’s been staying with a friend since she fled her home. While her home is likely safe from lava, she still hasn’t been back since Friday’s 6.9-magnitude earthquake. And she doesn’t know when she’ll get to go back.
“It’s difficult,” she said, “because everything is so uncertain.”
For some, Saturday will be spent preparing for street parties, wearing the union jack as a cape, and praying that the weather behaves itself. But for others it can be a reminder of a hatred of crowds, bunting and the pomp and ceremony that goes with a royal wedding.
If you’re in the latter camp, here are some different ways to spend the day.
1. Watch the FA Cup final
For those who want to be glued to the TV, but don’t want to watch the royal wedding, the FA Cup offers a brilliant alternative. Sports lovers can revel in the grudge match between Chelsea and Man Utd.
But with a 17:15 BST (10:15 ET) kick-off, it will be hard to avoid the royal wedding altogether as the nuptials commence at midday.
The royal wedding has also caused havoc with the Duke of Cambridge’s schedule. As president of the Football Association, Prince William usually hands out the FA Cup to the winning side. But he will miss this year’s match at Wembley in favour of his brother’s wedding.
And for those who follow Scottish football, the Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Motherwell will kick-off at 15:00.
2. Go underground
Wherever you go on royal wedding day, you may be unable to escape the nuptials because of news updates and photos posted to your mobile phone by friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. One option might be to go underground – literally.
The lack of phone signal in the cave systems around Cheddar Gorge in Somerset provide the perfect location for those trying to avoid posts about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It’s also a fun and educational day out for the whole family.
If you’re unable to get to Somerset, White Scar Cave in North Yorkshire offers a suitable alternative.
If you’re in the US, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky has more than 400 miles of passageways, and no phone signal.
If you don’t have a set of subterranean caves to peruse, maybe the cinema is the best way to go.
You can sit in the darkened room for two hours, safe in the knowledge that the audience shouldn’t be following events in Windsor.
In the UK and US weekend releases include Deadpool 2, the drama On Chesil Beach and a family comedy about a canine police dog called Show Dogs.
4. Watch the basketball
News of Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry has piqued America’s interest in the Royal Family. Coverage of the events in Windsor on the main TV networks has even surpassed the UK’s offerings, making it increasingly difficult for Royal-sceptics in the USA to avoid the nuptials.
Luckily basketball offers a welcome distraction for some, as the Boston Celtics take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the east conference play-offs.
The Celtics lead in the series 2-0, but the Cavs have reached the final the last three years, and have NBA All-Star LeBron James at their disposal.
The game starts at 20:30 ET.
5. Have a lie-in
One of the best ways to avoid coverage of the royal wedding is to hunker down under your duvet, and indulge in a bit of extra sleep.
For US readers this will be a piece of cake as the wedding begins at 07:00 ET, but people in the UK using this method might want to invest in an eye mask as the ceremony will start at midday.
6. Watch some royal-based comedy
If your blood boiled at the thought of the royal wedding, you might be able to take some solace in the fact that it’s being mocked on national television.
Channel 4 comedy The Windsors, a parody soap opera of the royal family, will return for a one-off special to commemorate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s special day.
It was already broadcast on Tuesday, but there will be a re-run of the sitcom at midnight on Saturday.
7. Enjoy the boxing
If matrimonial harmony is not your thing, watching two men slug it out in a boxing match might be a viable alternative. Lee Selby, otherwise known as The Barry Boy Assassin, will be defending his IBF world featherweight title against Josh Warrington.
The fight is taking place on Saturday night at Elland Road in Leeds.
8. Go to an anti-monarchist convention
If you want to be around others who don’t want anything to do with the royal wedding, Republic, who campaign for the abolition of the monarchy, are hosting an international convention on the future of republican movements across Europe.
The event in London will include MPs Tommy Sheppard and Emma Dent Coad, and speakers from Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
During coverage of royal occasions, there can sometimes be hours where nothing of any significance happens.
Veteran broadcaster and BBC News presenter Simon McCoy is well versed in covering the royals and has won plaudits online for his blunt presenting patter. While some of the country gets swept up in a swell of patriotism, it might be a good time to stick on one of his best royal announcements.
10. Take advantage of the lack of queues
A royal wedding might make some want to eat their teeth but it can come with its advantages. While many people crowd around TVs and revel in eating tepid finger food, others can take advantage of the lack of queues.
Whether you fancy buying some pot plants at your local garden centre, need to do a big supermarket shop, or you fancy taking back that trowel you bought in error at a DIY store, the world’s your oyster.
An elderly Max, a 17-year-old blue heeler. Was a very good boy as he took it upon himself to protect his owner’s 3-year-old granddaughter. She had wondered off while on awalk with her grandfather on their property in Queensland, Australia. The pair spent the night in rugged bushland before the deaf and partially blind dog led searchers to the girl’s location.
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The 1991 act also makes it an offence for an owner to allow any dog “to be dangerously out of control”.
The legislation was aimed at reducing dog attacks, but figures from 2015 suggested hospital admissions related to them had risen 76% from the same period 10 years previously.
And the committee pointed to RSPCA figures suggesting that of the 30 people killed by dogs between 1991 and 2016, 21 had been attacked by dogs that were not banned.
The charity has since updated this figure to 37 deaths, of which 28 involved non-banned breeds.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will investigate:
whether the law is preventing dog attacks
what lessons can be learned from other countries
whether any changes are needed
Neil Parish, who chairs the committee, said: “Four types of dog were banned in the UK in 1991, but since then 70% of dog-related deaths have been caused by those not prohibited by legislation.
“There is evidence to suggest that we should account for the temperament of the dog when assessing its danger to society.
“There is also the view that some banned dog breeds can be suitable pets in certain circumstances.
“Our inquiry will look at whether the government should be taking a more individualised approach to judging the threat posed by dogs, or whether blanket bans remain the most appropriate means of regulation.”
Among those who have criticised the legislation are the Kennel Club and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell called for a review two years ago, arguing the act was “simply not effective” and that the problem was not with the dogs but with their owners.
The RSPCA has campaigned against “breed specific” legislation, arguing that the evidence is not there to suggest the banned breeds are more aggressive.
RSPCA dog welfare expert Samantha Gaines said she was pleased MPs had “listened to the serious concerns of animal welfare organisations”.
“We strongly believe that breed-specific legislation is ineffective at protecting the public and compromises dog welfare,” she said.
“The fact is that the way a dog looks and his breed is not a predictor of whether he or she is likely to be aggressive.”
She said thousands of dogs had been put down or “kennelled unnecessarily”, while fatal dog attacks had continued.
The Dangerous Dogs Act has been amended over time.
In 2014, sentencing guidelines in England and Wales were changed to raise the maximum jail sentence for a fatal dog attack from two years to 14.
The law was also extended to include attacks on private property. And the police and authorities were given powers to require owners to attend dog training classes or muzzle their dog in public.
Beaux Tox, a 6-year-old Labrador Retriever, had been neglected for five years in a Texas backyard until April 2017, when Jamie Hulit adopted him. (Jamie Hulit)
A young dog with a facial deformity who spent five years neglected in an Austin, Texas backyard now has a new lease on life after finding his forever home with a woman who treats him “just like my family.”
In April 2017, Beaux Tox, a 6-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, was on his fifth year of living in his owner’s backyard without a dog house or a dog bed while being subjected to up to 110-degree Texas heat.
Beaux Tox was severely underweight with a “horrible” heartworm infestation when Hulit adopted him. A veterinarian told her he had a 50/50 chance at survival. (Jamie Hulit)
The pup was said to have been born with a litter of dogs bred to be sold, but was given for free to a man who lived in Austin because of his facial deformity. His adopter apparently wasn’t situated to have a dog, and thus Beaux Tox was neglected, as he “really had no place to go.”
But his life turned around for the better when Jamie Hulit, also of Austin, saw a Facebook post from her friend looking for a foster home for Beaux Tox. Hulit, who fosters dogs with five different animal rescues, told Fox News she said she “didn’t even want to foster him, I just want to adopt him right away.”
Beaux Tox now lives in Austin with Hulit, pictured, and his siblings, Scout and Riley. (Jamie Hulit)
When Hulit, 47, picked up Beaux Tox later that day, she saw that living outside in abandonment for five years took its toll on the dog.
He had “horrible” heartworms and was a mere 42 pounds — in such bad health that a veterinarian said there was a 50/50 chance he would survive. Beaux Tox was in and out of an oxygen tank for a month while there was “a list of things” he had to recover from before starting aggressive heartworm treatment.
Beaux Tox “does everything he wants to do,” Hulit told Fox News. “He is able to live a dog life now.” (Jamie Hulit)
Hulit said the dog “almost didn’t make it,” and described her first nine months with him as “slow.” Beaux Tox was never house-trained, as he lived outside his entire life, and “didn’t have manners when he moved in.”
The “first thing he did was peed on the couch,” Hulit said. Beaux Tox didn’t know it was wrong “because he never had a home.”
But, one year later, Hulit says Beaux Tox — who has two dog siblings, named Scout and Riley — is in good health and leading a great life. “He does everything he wants to do,” she said. “He is able to live a dog life now.”
Beaux Tox, left, is pictured with his siblings Riley, middle, and Scout, right. (Jamie Hulit)
“I just wanted him to be happy and to be a dog,” Hulit told Fox News of her adopting Beaux Tox. Now, she says, “he’s just like my family.”
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