We were able to see the movie DOG last night. Great movie, very ‘dusty’ (meaning lots of wiping of eyes).
The writers did a great job showing how difficult it can be for combat veterans trying to blend back into ‘normal’ life. Having lived with a combat vet with severe PTSD issues, I can tell you (and he agrees) they did a very good job showing that as well. No way Briggs would be able to go back in theater and function.
It also allowed my guy and I to have a great talk where he gave me a really huge compliment. He told me that, especially early on in our relationship when he hadn’t been out long, that I was his ‘shoe’. For those that have watched the movie you’ll get why that was important.
While I loved the movie, Kyle and I both have a concern related to it. He has also been a long-time friend of someone who trains Belgian Malinois for military, police, etc. Knowing what we know about the breed, without ever having one ourselves, we are concerned that this movie will get people to want one of these amazing dogs. This would not be a good plan for most people.
Malinois are extremely intelligent and very trainable which is why are coming to be used so much by the military. They are also very, very active. They are what is called ‘working dogs’ and need to be worked several hours a day. Serious.
There is a scene in the movie where Lulu is eating Briggs’ car. He’d left her alone far too often and didn’t get her out running. As Kyle often says, “with these dogs, it’s all about the ball”. Chasing, training, working – it’s what they live for. Kyle often calls Malinois ‘fur missiles’ – one of the other characters called Lulu a “fur flash-bang”. Kyle said he’d have to start using that.
So unless you have loads of time and patience and are willing to use your time and energy for the extensive and exhaustive training, please don’t go for one of these dogs. These are the reasons we’ve never had one ourselves, even though his friend has tried many times to get us one. Personality wise, the breed would be perfect for Kyle, but he knows with what we have going right now (and for many years previously) we just wouldn’t be able to do what is needed for the dog.
I do have a beef with IMdB right now. Lulu is NOT listed in the credits (that I could find). I think this is just wrong. Lulu did a fabulous job.