I thoroughly enjoy movies, however, I am anti-Hollywood, anti-big budget, and very anti-special effects. Foreign films, documentaries, and independent productions are my dig. I like to learn, be thought provoked, and emotionally moved.
Broad-minded, I’m always open to recommendations. My Aunt Ruthie, who has several grandchildren, recommended I watch the film The Secret Life of Pets. As a lifelong Fur-Mom and independent dog walker, the premise of the movie sounded intriguing. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always imagined the far-out and fantastic things that fur-children do during the day while we’re at school, work, or running errands.
I, in turn, recommend taking 87 minutes out of your day to enjoy this whimsical and meaningful film. The writers most certainly must be Pet Parents themselves to have been able to create this extraordinary animated film.
The movie captured some of various philosophies that I have written about in the last seven years, including animal behavior and the individuality of animals. Unequivocally, the most important message that drives the entire flick is: The Responsibility of Pet Parents.
Being a responsible caregiver to companion animals is The Seed of Compassion that germinates into knowledge, respect, and understanding the significant relationship between human animals, non-human animals, and the environment.
The central theme of The Secret Life of Pets is: Domestic and exotic companion animals are not disposable, yet people continue to literally dump their unwanted companions, who do not possess outdoor survival skills, outside which in turn creates a troubling number of animal related dilemmas.
Our lifelong commitment to our companion animals is a sacred vow. Animals are innocent. It is the fault of uneducated, indifferent, ill-prepared, uncooperative, impulsive humans that create the many predicaments of animal welfare, animal rights, and the environment.
Economics, unpreparedness for economic hardship, housing issues such as relocation and rental guidelines, the birth of a child, inconvenience to lifestyle, and unwillingness to handle certain animal behavior issues, and more are root issues of irresponsible human behavior that perpetuate the on-going animal crisis.
Companion animals deserve ethical treatment and require financial resources, time, attention, proper housing, food, medical care, positive reward training, enrichment, physical exercise, and above all devotion.
Making an informed and sound decision to adopt a companion animal will hopefully result like the finale of the movie. I cried with joy at the endearing and happy end and I hope the real-life ending eventually comes to an equally jubilant conclusion.