Before I start this rant I have a question for the dog owners reading this; why did you choose the breed you chose? What made you choose a Jack Russell over a Chihuahua? A Siberian over a Malamute? Pure curiosity is all.
Lets start this by saying I love Eight Below, it’s a heart-warming movie starring some beautiful dogs. But think about these movies: 101 Dalmatians, Eight Below, Snow Buddies, Homeward Bound and Air Bud. The main thing I come out of those movies thinking is ‘aw those dogs were so cool’, which is obviously the point. But think about this; how many kids watched Air Bud and came out bugging their parents for a Golden Retriever? The same goes for Homeward Bound and Golden Retrievers. The same for Huskies and Snow Dogs, Eight Below, etc etc etc.
These movies show idolised portrayals of the breeds that come after years of training. Something that a lot of people that get emotionally sucked into these movies don’t think about. Which once again is kinda the point.
This is the thing that scares Husky owners about movies like this; viewers are encouraged to bring a Husky into the home after seeing just how awesome they are in the movies. Responsible Husky owners are prepared for the troubles associated with Huskies, we know about the stubbornness, the independence, the shedding, and all of that joyous stuff. After doing the proper research we decided to put ourselves through this.
Impulse buys often lead to the same Huskies being returned to a kennel after they prove to be too much of a handful. As a friend said; it’s like watchin a space movie and wanting to be an astronaut, the problem is it isn’t easy to become one, but it can be too easy to buy a husky.
I know that this isn’t the studios fault. We can’t blame disney for bringing out a successful movie. But I have to ask how much responsibility should a studio take? They must know that the movie will make every kid and their babysitter want a Husky, so isn’t it socially conscious to also campaign the other direction? Could they not also make ads promoting research and consideration before rushing out to buy a new puppy? Maybe, maybe not.
In the end all I can say is if you are going to get a dog do the research about the breed first. Lassie was not born a superdog, she didn’t land on Earth as a puppy and she isn’t the last of the Kryptons. It takes years of work to get a dog to that point. In between puppy and Lassie were years of training. Please make an educated decision people.