Meryl Streep will play Vicki Myron in the movie adaptation of Myron’s book “Dewey: The Library Cat who Touched the World.” That book was the best book I’ve read in a long time and I’m so happy to hear that they’re making it into a film. It’s going to be a tearjerker I can feel it already! The book had me crying like a baby. It’s about an orange kitten that Myron found in the book drop at the library where she worked and how the kitty became a fixture in the library and touched so many people’s lives. Just like Old Yeller, or Marley & Me, you know how this story ends. I couldn’t even take this book on the subway as I neared the end of it – I was afraid I would lose it on the train! It’s really a must read for any cat-lover. But even dog lovers could get into it I’m sure. It’s just one of those books that stays with you and reminds you of any pet you’ve ever loved. I’m giving it to a bunch of people this Christmas!
Ever since that shelter event on Sunday (see previous post), I have Chihuahuas on the brain. So…the movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” hasn’t even hit theaters yet but the Humane Society is already prepared for the fallout. They fear that people who see the movie will want Chihuahuas en masse after they see the film. The HS said this week that history has shown when a particular breed appears in movies or on TV the demand for them surges at puppy mills.
So, the HS is urging people who decide a Chihuahua is the right dog for them to visit shelters and rescues first – and to never purchase a dog from a pet store or the Internet which is a prime marketplace for puppy mill puppies.
Thankfully, Disney, the maker of the film, is supporting this sentiment. On the film’s website and at the end of the movie, a warning appears: “Owning a pet is a major responsibility. Dogs require daily care and constant attention. Before bringing a dog into your family, research the specific breed to make sure it is suitable for your particular situation. Learn about and be willing to undertake the serious responsibilities of dog care. Always consider adoption from a reputable shelter or rescue program.”
Kudos to Disney for putting a spotlight on shelter and rescue animals!