The Dog Day Blogathon

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Happy National Dog Day, everyone! I’m a little early I know, or perhaps not depending on when you’re reading this, but I wanted to be first in there filling up the blogging world with our favourite good boys (and girls!). National Dog Day was started to celebrate all dogs, whether they be our family members, service dogs, guide dogs, all dogs! It’s also a day to highlight the number of dogs that need adopting. With 2 cats, a baby and a full-time job I’m not able to adopt yet (I would love to in the future!) so I thought this Blogathon would be a good alternative way to celebrate.

It’s not too late to take part if you’d like to, you can find all the details in my announcement post here!

For my post, I wanted to share my Top 5 movie dogs. I couldn’t settle on just one, and you all know how much I love my lists! Here they are, n no particular order…

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Feast (2004) – Winston

It’s a fact, all Pixar shorts make me cry, (Bao was an exception because it confused the hell out of me) and none made me cry more than Feast. If you thought your friends felt left out when you met your significant other, just imagine how your poor dog feels to be left out. Worse than that, forced to eat healthy!

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Marley and Me (2008) – Marley

Marley and Me is one of the very few movies I refuse flat out to ever watch again. I watched it in the cinema during a time when actually I wasn’t a huge fan of dogs (they scared me!) and it still made me sob. I realise this list is rapidly turning into a ‘Movies that made me cry’ list – but I mean happy tears! Adding a furry family member really does change your life.

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Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) – Prison Dog

A little bit of a random choice I know but I like to think outside the box, and honestly when I started to think about dogs and this post, the dog carrying the prison key in the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney ride was one of the first that came to my mind! I even picked up the Tsum Tsum version when I was in Disneyland Resort a couple of years ago.

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I Am Legend (2007) – Sam

Again with the movies that made me cry! I’m beginning to see a bit of a pattern here. Sam is the ultimate embodiment of the loyalty that dogs have for their owner, and I honestly think that’s all I can say before I start to think about ‘that scene’ and start sobbing all over my keyboard.

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Up (2009) – Dug

Let’s end on a happy note, shall we? If I Am Legend shows the brave, loyal nature of dogs, then Up shows the funny and lovable side to them with Dug. If only you really could buy collars that allowed you to know what it was your dog was saying!

national-dog-day-harvey-cockapooFinally, I want to share with you my dog. He’s our family dog, although in reality he’s my Mum’s dog. His name is Harvey, and he’s a nine year old Cockapoo! He’s a huge baby – on his first walk in the woods as a puppy he cried the whole way there, and he lets other dogs know he wants to play with them by crying at them. He’s also massively confused by my little 10 month old daughter, which is hilarious. Last time we went to visit my daughter was crawling, and you could see the bewilderment in Harvey’s face!

That’s all from me – I can’t wait to see everyone else’s posts! Also, on Monday 27th August I’ll post a recap with links to your blog post. Thanks for reading!

My 10 Favourite Cinema Experiences

As a movie blogger, I feel a certain sense of responsibility to promote the cinema and the joy of watching the latest releases on the big screen. However, sometimes life just gets in the way, money is running low, and hey presto, you’ve got a 6-month old baby who’s not going to make a great cinema companion, and you’re stuck at home with Netflix instead. It’s not all bad of course, but I do miss my weekly cinema trips a bit. My friends and family are more caught up than I am lately!

So with all that in mind, I thought it might be a nice time to look back at some of my favourite experiences at the cinema. Of course, all lists need to be neat and even, so I chose 10. In no particular order…

#10 The Force Awakens (2015)

After finally realising just how amazing Star Wars is at the ripe age of 26, I was so excited to see The Force Awakens just before Christmas with my family. I steered clear of all social media for about 4 days I think, which is unsettlingly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The cinema we went to put on an amazing show as we took selfies with Stormtroopers as they escorted us to our screen!

#9 Elf (2003)

My poor brother Rich has his birthday in the middle of January, and in the UK it’s such a rubbish month to actually do anything. You can’t have a BBQ, none of the theme parks have opened yet and the weather is guaranteed to ruin any trip out. For his (I think) 8th Birthday, myself, him, our Mum and a handful of his friends went to see Elf. Around 3 weeks after Christmas. Safe to say the screen was empty – but it’s the only time that’s ever happened to me!

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#8 Gone Girl (2014)

I think we saw this on the opening weekend, because the screen was packed, and I think packed with people who hadn’t read the book, just like us. The moment that plot twist hits is an amazing moment on its own, but the audible gasps of over 100 people at the same time was pretty awesome.

#7 Sherlock: The Final Problem (2017)

This feels so much longer than last year! But yes, our cinema put on a screening of the last episode of Season 4. We even got some bonus footage beforehand which was pretty cool. This is memorable though because of my Mum bringing in a tiny bottle of Prosecco along with a plastic champagne flute, which she promptly dropped on the floor with a clang during a very quiet moment. Oh, Mum.

#6 Avatar (2009)

You know, I’ve only ever seen Avatar once. I feel like the world raved about it when it first came out, but 9 years later everyone kind of hates it. I should watch it again really to decide for myself! But anyway, Avatar was my first IMAX experience, and if you know me at all you’ll know how much I love IMAX!

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#5 Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003)

Bet you didn’t expect to see this is any ‘Favourite’ list did you? Spy Kids 3 was the first time I took my brother Rich to the cinema without any parental supervision! We had such a funny time and we still joke about it to this day. In case you’re wondering, Johnny English (2003) was our second visit.

#4 Twilight (All of them!)

Spy Kids and Twilight in a list together? Only here! Yes, I saw every Twilight movie at the cinema. Not only that, but all of them were midnight screenings too. With my Mum! I’m so rock and roll aren’t I? If you’ve ever done a midnight screening though you’ll know what I mean. There’s just something a bit special about not getting into bed till 3am and going to work the next day tired…but without a hangover.

#3 Marley & Me (2008)

Here’s another movie I’ve only seen once. For a different reason this time though. Marley & Me made me cry like no movie has ever before. I didn’t even like dogs at that time either, so goodness knows what it would do to me now. This trip will always be memorable for the moment during the credits when the lights came on, and every person in that room tried to hide the fact they were sobbing their heart out.

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#2 Horrible Bosses (2011)

I can’t talk enough about Horrible Bosses. It’s my favourite modern comedy ever, and I don’t think I could really explain why. It just tickles me. Anyway! When we saw this it was opening night in a full screen. Seeing a comedy in the cinema is always special because no-one feels weird about laughing out loud. We all also collectively pooped ourselves when that cat jumped out of nowhere!

#1 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

This is making me laugh the more I think about it. Sweeney Todd is the first movie my husband and I saw together when we were just boyfriend and girlfriend. In fact, we might even have just been friends at the time. Actually – we might have even seen it on Valentine’s Day! Anyway – what I find so funny about it is that both of us hate horror movies. I don’t mind them as much now of course but at the time – why did we see this? I need to ask him…

That’s enough from me for one day but I’d really like to know…what’s your favourite cinema experience?