I don’t know about you, but over the last few months I’ve been looking forward seeing A Dog’s Purpose. The trailer alone was bringing tears to some viewers eyes. It’s possible we all have to think twice about whether we want to go see the film or not.

The film was supposed to open a week from  (1-27-17) now and there was a press junket scheduled for today.

But a few days ago TMZ got a hold of and released a terrible, terrible video where a dog handler is seen forcing a dog into a water tank, in what looks like something the dog wanted nothing to do with.

Then there was the scene where the dog gets washed down to the other end of a tank and you watch his head go under the water. Divers rush in to rescue him.

All the while you can hear a voice of some callous asshole saying, just throw him in.

The dog on the video is from Birds & Animals Unlimited, a CA-based company that has been getting scrutinized by PETA. For what that’s worth.

The thing is there are so many people in the world of dog trainers that are horrified at what they’ve seen in this video.

TMZ broke this story first then PETA got in on the act. PETA has its own detractors and that’s issue for another day. As it stands, a lot has happened since the TMZ video.

First they released the video via an article titled “Terrified German Shepherd Forced Into Turbulent Water.”

Then they reported that the AHA (American Humane Association) rep that was on set to supposedly protect the animals from abuse has been suspended.

Then the explanations or excuses started coming out of the studio talking about how much rehearsal and training went into the scene before the moment we see on tape at the link. They say that they took a break from trying to shoot the scene and later, the dog was willing and able.

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Prong Collars Aren’t So Bad

December 15, 2015

Recently I came across an old article about how Amazon UK had pulled dog prong collar products after some public pressure about the hazards of using these tools. Yes I used the word tool. In some of the arguments against using a prong collar, we see evidence of what kind of damage they do to […]

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June 5, 2015

We learn when the new season of Orange is the New Black is returning, the story timeline with Fear the Walking Dead spin-off series, a creepy new chapter in an X-Files story, a new clip for Ant-Man, How DC and WB are supporting their genre movies and Johnny Depp’s dog whoas! – Netflix released a […]

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The H3N2 DOG Virus Is Spreading

June 4, 2015

USA Today is reporting that the H3N2 Dog Flu is making its way around the country. We already saw a thousand cases in Chicago, but now it is showing up in Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. Yea… it’s moving around pretty darn fast. So far […]

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FACEBOOK Allows Animal Cruelty Videos

May 27, 2015

I just watched a TEN MINUTE Facebook video of a group of individuals prompting two dogs to fight. Or to be more exact, watching one dog rip at the face and neck of a submissive dog, all while prompting and petting the aggressor dog. I’ve taken screen shots that show as little as possible of […]

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Your Dog, Fireworks And Canine Safety

May 27, 2015

July 4th is one of those holidays where pet owners need to take proactive measures to make sure your pup stays safe during this loud and flashy holiday. Though we are focused on the fourth of July, precautions should not only be for that day, but sadly, should also be taken for the week leading […]

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Meet SAM, A Precious Pit Bull In Need of A Loving Home

January 16, 2015

(Jan 15, 2015) This article is about a dog, a two to three year old black and white Pit Bull Terrier* and his name is Sam. Sam needs a forever home because he’s spending his days and nights at the Palo Alto Animal Services Shelter, He’s been there since late June of 2014. If you go to […]

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Want To Hear The Stupidest Lawsuit EVER?

November 21, 2014

Through the years we always hear about how lawyers can be the scourge of the earth, depending on their particular legal pursuits and your perspectives. Back when a woman sued someone for getting burnt by the hot coffee she bought, or the people who sued when their RV cruise control did not keep them on […]

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MICHAEL VICK: The Next Time You Root For Him, Remember His “Animals”

November 4, 2014

As many know, Michael Vick was convicted for his part in an organized dog fighting situation in 2007. But technically what happened was that he plead “not guilty” to the original animal cruelty charges and through due process, was eventually only convicted of funding a dog fighting ring or being in conspiracy to fund such […]

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Menlo Park’s Mishandled City Park Management

July 11, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of being able to visit my city parks, here in Menlo Park, CA.  In fact I’d love to be able to visit a number of my city’s parks.  It’s a beautiful town and on a decent day, there’s no place better to be at in […]

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Learn From the GREEN ACRES Dog Boarding Tragedy

July 3, 2014

After reading about this Green Acres tragedy where 20+ dogs died from heat exhaustion, I got to thinking about how you can protect yourself and your beloved furry family member from possible situations like this. To be honest, it can be pretty hard to ascertain what or who is a good boarder for your pet. […]

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My Dog, The Crazy Black Lab

December 6, 2013

My beautiful 10-year-old (estimated at the time of this video) black Labrador dog that we adopted a few years ago is the sweetest creature on the planet.  We adopted her when we were passing through Idaho.  It seemed that this hunter’s dog was too old to be of use and she was just put out […]

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Dogs, Summertime, Heat Stroke and Dehydration Warning

May 20, 2013

The heat of Summer is either upon us or will be soon. But don’t be fooled. Heat can be interpreted as anything above 70 or 75 degrees, depending on the situation. And then, if you’re unlucky enough, you get to experience your dog having heat stroke form dehydration. – Did you know that a dog […]

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Dog Training Collars and Harnesses: Take Off At The Dog Park

May 9, 2013

The other day a bunch of us had a pretty exciting moment at the local dog owner get-together. While we were doing our things, whether it be disc training with our dogs, or human chatter or even Facebooking in the field, we were all having a nice time. And then suddenly the screaming began. There […]

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Looking For That Bed & Breakfast or Hotel That Allows Dogs?

March 15, 2013

I’ve been hankering to get away (from it all) and have a moment or two where I can just stop and smell the roses.  If only for a day or two.  But when I want to head out and take m’dog with me, I’ve always got to balance out my destinations with checking for pet […]

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Lost & Found Dog in Menlo Park (Shih Tzu)

June 6, 2012

I was walking around the Menlo Park neighborhood yesterday and I spotted these found dog posters that were put up for a female Shih Tzu.  She was found on Santa Cruz Avenue on June 4th, 2012. If you have a lost dog in or around the Menlo Park, CA region, a female Shih Tzu, you […]

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Lost Dog Poster in Menlo Park

June 2, 2012

I was out riding my bike this morning and saw a lost dog poster on a telephone pole at the intersection of Cambridge and University in Menlo Park… it’s a cute little scruffy white dog. I don’t know if it’s been there a day or a week or what not, but I thought I’d share […]

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