(I first posted this in 2015. When I came across it again yesterday, it once again lifted my spirits and put a tear in my eye. Happy Saturday, everyone.)
For years I’ve cringed at the pet rescue commercials done by the SPCA. You know the ones — the sappy song (“In the Arms of an Angel”), the pitiful animals, and the pleading Sarah McLachlan. I couldn’t be a bigger supporter of pet rescue (my Annie is a rescue) but I’ve always hated those commercials.
I think this commercial from Nature’s Variety Instinct and Best Friends Animal Society is remarkable. I’ve watched it several times just because it makes me smile, and I’m guessing it will continue to do so. Visit the website to learn about the film (somehow “commercial” seems inappropriate). The owners of these dogs and many more submitted photos for the film — more than 25,000 in all. The website has stills of those that made it into the film, as well as many that didn’t (surely not all 25,000, but there are a lot). And each one includes the dog’s name and a line or two about him or her.
Such a beautiful, joyous film. Makes me want to go rescue several dozen more dogs and make them just as happy.
Long live pets!
April 25, 2022 — I discovered today quite by accident that the fabulous video in this and the earlier post had disappeared. A tragedy, considering the joy it always brought me. But I dug around on YouTube and fortunately someone had saved it. So I grabbed it and reposted it. I hope it doesn’t disappear again.