I am, without a doubt, a “dog person.”

Today is International Dog Day, and I am HERE for it.

I’ve owned two dogs in my life: Shaddy, a black Lab my husband and I adopted from a Chicago shelter right after we were married (and who once made an appearance on the Redbox blog in its early days!), and Wrigley, our current one-eyed black Lab who was once a stray in Missouri and who never wants to leave my side. In fact, he’s napping right next to me as I type this.

The point of today’s celebration is to try and give back even a fraction of the unconditional love that our doggies shower upon us day in and day out. Thankfully, it takes almost no effort to make our furry friends happy. Belly rubs, behind-the-ear scratches, maybe a nice grooming, some treats and that’s it. They’re in heaven.

There’s something in it for all of us dog owners, too. It’s been scientifically proven that petting a dog can lower your blood pressure and release relaxation hormones while reducing stress hormones. Who doesn’t need all of those things these days?

So my plan is to do everything I mentioned above AND curl up for a good 90 to 120 minutes of Wrigley-snuggling with one of these dog-centric movies. I might also make a big deal out of it and get my husband and kids in on the action by throwing an all-out party for Wrigley.

 

Here are some of the movies I’ll choose from:

Isle of Dogs – My husband and I love Wes Anderson movies, and his latest is a gorgeous stop-motion animated story about a Japanese boy who searches for his pup after all dogs are banished from the country.

Hachi – Fair warning: this movie will make you SOB YOUR FACE OFF, but it is so, so good … particularly because it’s based on a true story that highlights just how incredibly loyal man’s best friend is.

Megan Leavey – Another tearjerker and true story, this biodrama depicts U.S. Marine Leavey’s service in Iraq alongside her trusty K9 partner Rex, and her subsequent quest to adopt him.

Best in Show – If you’re looking for something lighter, I would definitely recommend this hilarious Christopher Guest mockumentary that pokes fun at snobby dog shows and the people who frequent them.

 

There’s no shortage of family-friendly dog-centric movies at Redbox! Pick a few and enjoy them today with your deserving doggy.