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By: Renae Hamrick, RVT

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Beethoven From 1992, this family comedy gave St. Bernards the loving, family dog reputation that Stephen King's movie, Cujo, had taken away.
At the start of this movie, the young Beethoven narrowly escapes being used for weaponry research and finds his way into a loving home, where he is eventually accepted by all the members of the family. Of course, as St. Bernards do, Beethoven quickly grew to be a large, drooling member of the home. Along the way, he got into much trouble and challenged his families commitment to being dog owners. He secures his place in the home by helping the children build their confidence and even saving one of their lives. Again, Beethoven faces the danger of the weaponry researchers and it is up to his family to rescue him.
There were four sequels to this movie, Beethoven's 2nd, Beethoven's 3rd, Beethoven's 4th, and Beethoven's 5th.

Cats and Dogs A close second in the PetPlace.com's 2002 Pet Movie of the Year contest, this movie is a favorite of many. This 2001 action-packed comedy is all about the secret war, hidden from humans, between cats and dogs. In this film, a cat is planning to destroy a dog allergy eliminating vaccine developed by a scientist played by Jeff Goldblum. The cat, Mr. Tinkles, is attempting to alter the formula to render humans severely allergic to all dogs, so that dogs will be unwanted and cats can rule. Of course, the dogs won't sit back and just let Mr. Tinkles win, they will put up a fight too in the war between cats and dogs.

Eight Below Released in 2006 by Walt Disney Pictures, Eight Below is a drama / adventure film based on a true story. Set in the brutal cold of Antarctica, this movie is about two men and a sled dog team who embark on a mission to find a rare meteorite, despite the dangerous weather conditions. After a near-death experience and a heroic save by the sled dog team, the weather forces the men to evacuate. Unfortunately, the plane cannot accommodate the canine team as well, so they must be left for a later rescue. An agonizing six months pass before a rescue team can be funded to perform the rescue. Will there be any survivors?


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