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A Dog’s Purpose – Fantastic Movie

A Dogs Purpose


I just watched this wonderful movie on Cox On Demand. This was not because of the hooplah regarding its release in movie theaters alledging’animal abuse’ which BTW turned out to be totally BOGUS; the so-called video was conveniently edited, and all charges of animal cruelty/abuse were negated by independent review.

NOW, to proceed with my thoughts on the movie itself . . . I have only been brought to tears three times with regard to an ‘animal’ movie. Old Yeller was the first; I cried like a a baby sitting there in the movie theater as did many other viewers who were probably around the same delicate age as myself. Hitachi really choked me up, and was such a heartwarming story of a dog’s loyalty and compassion. Now comes A Dog’s Purpose.

The premise of the story revolves around the aspect of a dog’s journey through several ‘incarnations’ as narrated by the dog him/herself. Anyone who has ever had a dog will definitely look at your furbaby with renewed consideration after seeing this movie.

Almost every aspect of a dog’s life is touched upon by the plot of this movie, from pup to adulthood as well as dealing with the strong bond between dog and his person, euthanasia, and loyalty.

I got choked up from the first segment, then I got mad in the second segment at how ignorant and cruel some people can be in the treatment of an animal. Then there were many happy moments where you are laughing out loud at the antics of the main character – Bailey Bailey Bailey and his person Ethan, which is the main focus of the movie. As ‘Bailey’ goes through each progressive life he is trying to figure out what his purpose in life is . . . to be happy, to be brave, loyal, what exactly is my purpose he continues to ponder as he plays, romps, create minor pandemonium, and eventually it all comes to a culmination of what his purpose is, but I will not spoil it with too many details. I truly believe that everyone would thoroughly enjoy this movie. Just have a ginormous box of tissues handy, and perhaps sit on your comfy sofa with YOUR furbaby cuddled up beside you!

There are moments where you will get that lump in your throat and your eyes will leak uncontrollably. There are also moments where your neighbors will wonder what is going on in your house as you hoot with laughter at the antics of Bailey in situations that are all too familiar with most of us who have ever loved a dog.

You cannot help but chuckle when Bailey is in one segment reincarnated as a female dog, and realizes he doesn’t have his ‘package’. Or when he (as Bailey Bailey Bailey) creates chaos at a dinner party hosted by Ethan’s father for his boss.

I give this movie FIVE STARS for it’s story that will tweak memories for all of us who watch it. It is a heartwarming tear-jerking extravaganza that will have a ending that will having you believe in a Dog’s Purpose. My only word of advice is that it may be difficult for extremely young children (this IS a family movie after all) to comprehend some of the scenes but other than that I think anyone from 9 to 90 will thoroughly enjoy this movie.




The Horses of Tir Na Nog

The Horses of Tir Na Nog OPEN HOUSE IF you are in or near San Diego please come show your support the 23rd!

I spend a wonderful (albeit HOT HOT HOT) day shooting horses (photographing that is) just on the West side of  Pine Valley, in Guatay, California at Tir Na Nog . . . a horse sanctuary for neglected and abused horses.


Saturday the 22nd and Sunday (tomorrow) the 23rd the volunteer staff are hosting an OPEN HOUSE and ALL are invited to come out and ‘HUG A HORSE’, have light refreshments, and participate in a raffle. There are many first responders from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Fire and Rescue, The Border Patrol, and Volunteers.


The many volunteers present were so knowledgeable about every single one of their charges, especially a sweet little blonde gal (whose name I forget in my road to senility) but suffice it to say, for her age, she was one of the BEST ambassadors for the sanctuary, and extremely knowledgeable and polite to boot!

How can anyone look at these beautiful creatures and not fall head over heels and want to help preserve their lives in an environment where they will be forever cared for and loved??

If you live in or are near the San Diego area tomorrow, forget about hanging out at the pool, forget about hanging out being a couch potato, and come see what these hard working volunteers are doing to care for these wonderful animals. You can buy a t-shirt to commemorate your visit, make a small (or large) donation, or you can just come out, enjoy some great people and critters and HUG A HORSE!!!

#BLOGGER INTERVIEW – Christopher Graham, The Story Reading Ape

A great interview of Chris The Story Reading Ape. Thank You Tina!!!


The Story Reading ApeChris Grahamis much admired, respected, and appreciated in the blogging world. His indefatigable support of authors and bloggers is rivaled by few others.The Story Reading Ape‘s 4th blog anniversary is April 4th, and I can think of no better way to show my appreciation than by featuring him on my blog. Here’s to you, Mr. Ape! May you live long and prosper. I’m also putting energy out there for you to win the lottery 😊

Follow Chris’ blog HERE 

When did you start blogging and what prompted you to do so?  

I started blogging on April 4th 2013 after reading authors’ pleas (on Goodreads) for promotional opportunities on blogs. 

What moved you to choose an ape as your gravatar and online presence? 

My Most favourite author was (and still is) Terry Pratchett, who once stated, “The anthropologists got it wrong…

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5 Rules For Chapter One Of Your Book – Guest Post…


Too often we writer types try to do too much in the opening chapter of our stories. Chapter One has to do a lot, but it doesn’t have to do everything. I learned most of this the hard way so benefit…

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A Dastardly Kind of Book Piracy

Reblogged on anastaciamore Thanks Nicolas 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

Pirated E-books (Image by fantasy-faction.com) Image by fantasy-faction.com

I’ve already written about piracy. Twice, in fact: in Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy and in Should I fear Piracy? Insights from the PWC report. In both cases, I advised people to keep calm about it.

There is a kind of piracy that ticks me off, though. That of people copying your book and passing it off as their own. The Digital Reader recently posted about an author, Scot Schad, who discovered that pirates had been ripping off freely available and open source digital textbooks, and then using Amazon’s POD service to sell print versions on Amazon.

Here’s how it works

The scammers identify a popular textbook, copy the name, and then start selling the paper copy of a pirated book under that name. They’re hoping to sell the pirated book to an unwary buyer who might mistake the knockoff for the legit textbook.


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