Man’s Best Friend

(SL Shanth Kumar/BCCL Mumbai)

The eternal bond that humans share with dogs is not new. In fact, the man-canine companionship goes all the way 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 pooch 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 recommendations!

Rescued By Ruby

This American biographical drama is based on a true story and will surely 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. 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 an incredible plot twist at the end.

A Dog’s Purpose

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The movie has been directed from a dog’s perspective as he continues to wonder about his life’s purpose. The adorable pooch keeps reincarnating as multiple canines and a pet to various kinds of people throughout the movie, and eventually realises the meaning of his existence.

If you’ve just lost your dog and are finding it hard to cope with the loss, this is a movie that would help you deal with the grief.

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 socialising. Dharma then adopts Charlie, but soon discovers that the dog has cancer. He then embarks on a journey to fulfil 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!

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 exactly when to pause the naughtiness and pour in unconditional love upon the pet parents.

Watching his innocent mischief will definitely tickle your funny bones.

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 favourite 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, while also being a testament to teamwork and friendship.

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