Review: Dolphin Tale 2

The human went to see Dolphin Tale 2 and told me what she thought of it, so I figured I would pass it along. Guinea pigs don’t really watch movies after all.

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If you enjoyed the first Dolphin Tale movie you should find this movie just as enjoyable. You might not find it necessarily as good as or better than the first movie, but still inspirational and worth watching.

The movie follows Winter as she loses her female friend and poolmate Panama, and what the marine hospital has to do about the situation because according to USDA regulations Winter cannot be kept by herself. This leads to the introduction of a couple new dolphins including Hope, the second dolphin on the above poster. A warning when taking younger viewers, there is a brief moment of showing a “deceased” dolphin at the bottom of its pool and a few dolphins in distress throughout the movie but nothing gory. These moments might just upset younger kids or lead to questions you might want to be prepared to answer. Further ideas the movie explores is whether it is okay for a healthy dolphin to be kept at a marine park when their goal is rehabilitation, what is in the best interests of such large marine mammals even when humans have personal attachments to them, and what it means to let go of fears to be able to move on in life.

Winter and Hope, the new dolphin star of the sequel:
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(seewinter.com)

The major cast members from the first film came back for the squeal. That adds a lot to the quality and consistency of this movie. Where the first movie focused on coping with a disability, this movie is more of a story of growing up. The kids from the first movie are not really kids any more, and the plot does a good job of dealing with their growing desire for independence and decision making. The only real downside was that because of their age a suggestion of love interests and conflicts was thrown into the plot. While it doesn’t feel forced, and is kind of cute, it also feels completely unnecessary to the overall story. The movie would have been just as compelling without it, and it is possible for boys and girls to simply be friends even at their age. But if that is an element you enjoy or require in a movie than you will not be disappointed.

Overall, if you are looking for a quality family movie with some good discussion points this is a great choice. It does provide an entertaining and endearing story, and it helps to point out some issues surrounding the welfare and treatment of marine wildlife.

Dolphin Tale 2 is now in theaters!

– Fizz

Winter and Hope, the dolphins featured in the movie are real dolphins that you can visit at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater Florida. You can learn more visiting them in person at Seewinter.com.

Gluten Detection Service Dog

Gluten sensitivity and gluten-free diets may be a new fad for some in an attempt to root out diet problems or be healthier, but for those who have Celiac disease eating gluten is debilitating. Many products contain gluten, some obvious and others because of processing or contamination from being too close to products which contain gluten. To help those who could become very sick from eating gluten service dogs are being trained to react when they smell gluten in a food item their owner might eat.

This is Willow, a German shorthaired pointer trained to smell gluten in food:
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(Lansing State Journal)

What is Gluten?
Gluten is the name for protein found in wheat, rye, and barley which acts like a glue to help food hold its shape.

What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which eating gluten leads to damage to the small intestine and which prevents nutrient absorption. The celiac disease foundation estimates that 1 in 100 people worldwide have the disease. Long term, the disease can lead to other autoimmune problems like type 1 diabetes, MS, and even intestinal cancer. There are tests that a doctor can perform to indicate that a person has celiac disease by checking for celiac antibodies and intestinal damage. The only treatment is to eat a diet free of gluten. The avoidance of gluten is not a choice, it is a necessity.

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(Lansing State Journal)

Why are gluten service dogs needed?
It might seem obvious which foods and products contain gluten. This is true for many things. However, some products which use gluten as a binder are not marked and cross contamination is a huge problem.

If you don’t buy all the ingredients of a meal separately and make it yourself in a gluten-free environment it would be impossible to tell whether it contained traces of gluten. Restaurants often sell “gluten-free” items which while gluten-free themselves are made on the same surfaces as, or right next to, other items containing gluten. This can be true of a gluten-free pizza crust made on a floured surface, items being fried in oil with other gluten battered items, or pasta cooked in the same water. If someone is super sensitive to gluten these small amounts could make them sick for weeks or worse.

This is where service dogs come into play. Just by sniffing an item or meal they can tell if it has traceable amounts of gluten in it. Someone who once had to be nervous about eating out or trying any new products can now be free to eat more things knowing their dog is there to indicate when they should not eat something. This applies to eating meals at restaurants and friends homes, buying groceries, and when on vacation. This is freeing in a way that was not possible before.

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(Lansing State Journal)

For example, Willow’s owner (pictured above) got so sick from her celiac disease that she kept losing weight until she was only 100 pounds. Her doctors told her, due to her severe reaction, that if she did not cut gluten from her diet entirely she would only live 3 to 5 more years. She is so sensitive to gluten that she cannot eat anything cooked on the same grill with something else containing gluten. She has to be careful when outside her home to not touch her mouth because her hands might have traces of gluten on them. Willow’s owner once trained search and rescue dogs and wondered if a dog could be trained to smell out gluten. She got Willow as a puppy and found a trainer willing to try to teach her. Willow caught on quickly and proved that dogs can be useful for this purpose.

Currently, there are only a few dogs trained to smell gluten. But Willow’s owner started Nosey Dog-Detection Partners Inc. to begin training more dogs to do this simple but helpful task. They also train dogs to detect peanuts for those severely allergic and dogs to detect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. They also offer basic obedience training and help to teach your own service dog for allergies.

Here Trixy, an Australian Shepherd, is working on detecting gluten in a line up of items:
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(Lansing State Journal)

These types of service dogs can provide a level of independence that allergy or disease sufferers have not had in a very long time. Dogs are certainly versatile! It is amazing to see someone who had such personal success translate that into a program to help others who are in a similar position.

– Cola

Sources:
“Gluten allergy? There’s a dog for that” – Lansing State Journal
“What is Celiac Disease?” – Celiac Disease Foundation
Nosey Dog-Detection Partners Inc.

Winnie the Pooh Exhibition

Walt Disney Archives has an international traveling exhibit that is touring around Japan featuring Winnie the Pooh. Pooh is incredibly popular in American and Japan. The original books were translated in Japanese and the Disney movies released in theaters to much popularity.

The human loves Pooh bear and has high hopes that this exhibit, or one similar, will come to the US some day. If you live in or can visit Japan you might be lucky enough to see this one as is, and if not D23 did a nice write up where you can see more pictures here.

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The exhibit features items from the Disney archives like animation cells, movie posters, maquettes, books, and toys. The goal is simply to celebrate the art, history, and legacy of Winnie the Pooh.

Here is the entry way:
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Some of the items on display:
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Books in Japanese:
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Maquettes:
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Toys:
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The Winnie the Pooh Exhibition opened in August in Tokyo, and has moved to Mitsukoshi department store in Fukuoka. The exhibit will continue traveling to different parts of Japan for the rest of the year and on into 2015.

Pooh bear is clearly a very popular and well loved bear. Don’t miss this chance to learn more and see items not usually available to the public if you are near the exhibit as it moves around Japan!

-Cola and Fizz

Don’t forget to see these photos and more on D23.com.

Wednesday Woof! – Italian Greyhound

Fall is officially here! That means apples, pumpkins, changing leaves, and cooler temperatures (at least where we live).

Time to make sure any dogs who may get cold have the proper attire ready to go like this Italian Greyhound:
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And if you are wondering if dogs enjoy their coats, check out this video of Nova:

You can find the coats at pet stores or have them specially made from shops like Shadedmoon on Etsy.

Here is another coat example:
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So cute! And dogs like this need protection from bitter cold.

-Fizz

New Drink Responsibly Ad

Budweiser has a new ad out with the message to always drink responsibly. The consequences can be catastrophic and have for far too many people. The company utilizes a man’s relationship with his dog to demonstrate the potential outcome when you drink and drive.

Some people inherently understand this, and others need a little push. Animal ads can help those who feel a greater connection to, or are more emotionally driven by, animals. Please, do not drink and drive. No matter how badly you think you need to get home your life and the lives of everyone you love matter more.

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– Cola

Hedgehog in a Cup

Happy Friday!

Here, have a picture of a hedgehog in a cup:

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Look at those little feet! We hope the hedgie was not stuck in there too long.

The human does not endorse the coffee overlords of Starbucks, but if you enjoy their coffee you might find this photo even more enjoyable. We would find it more enjoyable had it been a guinea pig in a cup instead, but you cannot allow any cuteness to be wasted.

– Cola and Fizz

Historic Scottish Vote

Will the people of Scotland vote to become an independent country? Only time will tell as the polls are closed!

Even animals are getting in on it!

Scottish Terrier wearing a Yes bandana:
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(Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

Llama by a Yes sign in a field:
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(Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

More dogs, one wearing a Union Flag and the other the Scottish Saltire:
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(Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

Good luck to Scotland no matter the outcome, it is amazing to see a people mobilize to vote for what matters to them.

-Cola

You can see more photos relating to the vote on The Telegraph.

Wednesday Woof: Scared Corgi

Everyone knows that Corgis are both adorable and hilarious. What you don’t know is that they are not amused by toy sheep!

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Sheep! Or not… Just look at those facial expressions!

Does your dog have a toy that just seems to stump or surprise them?

Guineas handle these situations very differently, run and hide first and ask questions later.

– Cola

Want to try one of these sheep out on your dog? You can find them online at Petco for $7.99.

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New Disney Short: Feast

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The short Feast will play before Disney’s next animated feature Big Hero 6, which comes to theaters November 7.

feast-bowlFeast is another example of Disney pushing the boundaries between 2D and 3D animation. It will focus on the importance of food, but from a dog’s point of view. That dog is Winston and he has a great life with his owner James. Winston gets lots of yummy food until a girlfriend comes between them and thus conflict. How will it all turn out for Winston?

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The human is looking forward to seeing Feast before Big Hero 6 soon!

– Fizz

 

 

Lassie and Luna at Strut Your Mutt

Sorry for the lack of posts recently! The human took a break due to the loss of a friend, and we didn’t think it pertinent to write without her. But, we are back with an exciting picture!

Lassie, the Collie of tv and movie fame, and Luna, a Boston Terrier star in the new movie “Hector and the Search for Happiness,” appeared at the Best Friends Animal Society’s fundraising walk Strut Your Mutt in California.

Here are the two dog stars together!
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Luna is making appearances to help promote “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” The movie is about a psychiatrist, Simon Pegg, who is searching for the true meaning and formula for happiness everywhere he can look. Luna is the dog star of the movie. Other human actors are Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, and Christopher Plummer. “Hector and the Search for Happiness” opens September 19. You can find out even more from the movie’s Facebook page.

Lassie is out and about making appears to reestablish her name and prominence in the public eye. The human is dictating another post all about Lassie’s return which will be on FT in the near future.

Strut your Mutt is a fundraising event that happens all over the country to raise money for local shelters and rescues to help homeless dogs and cats. It was awesome to have two famous dog stars make an appearance for a good cause!

– Cola and Fizz