Hotel for Dogs Movie Review
Most children love dogs. But I have mixed feelings about them. I totally adore puppies. I remember as a child that we have a female dog that gave birth to 6 puppies and they were so cute. But I am also terrified of dogs - especially the ferocious ones. I could still remember some of those times that I almost got bitten by a dog. I was lucky, I guess, that I was able to evade them.
When it comes to dog movies, I am simply a big fan of them. They usually depict the lovable traits of dogs such as being witty and loyal though playful. Some of my favorites are the 101 Dalmatians, Air Bud, Hachiko, Beethoven, Lady and the Tramp parts 1 and 2.
When I saw the Weekly Inspiration Topic a few weeks ago about Dog Rescue and Adoption, I thought about one dog movie I watched, Hotel for Dogs which somehow promoted dog rescue and adoption.
MOVIE FACTS: Hotel for Dogs - No Stray Gets Turned Away
- Children's comedy film
- Nickelodeon Film distributed by DreamWorks
- Directed by Thor Freudenthal
- Starring Johnny Simmons, Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, Kyla Pratt, and Don Cheadle
- Released January 16, 2009
- Budget $75 million
- Box Office Gross $117 million
Hotel for Dogs
The movie is about two siblings named Andi and Bruce who were put in foster care. They have a pet dog named Friday, which they had to hide from their foster parents because they do not like dogs.
One day, Friday got caught by animal control and was brought to the shelter. Andi and Bruce looked for Friday but can't find it. David, a pet store manager and Heather, an employee in the pet store, told them to try and look for Friday in the local pound. They did so and found Friday but had to bribe one officer to release Friday.
On the way home, they found an abandoned hotel which Friday entered into and discovered two dogs. Andi and Bruce decided to leave Friday there together with the other dogs. They just returned the next day to bring the dogs some food. Heather found out what they were doing and told them that she wanted to help.
Bruce built some cool contraptions in the hotel for the dogs and they also took in all the stray dogs they found in the neighborhood. Bruce gave all the dogs their names and wrote them down in an old hotel guest registry. But this set-up was short-lived because the animal control discovered the dogs and took them all to the pound to be killed. The kids were taken by the social worker, Bernie, and separated from each other to be put in separate foster homes.
But Andi found Bruce and together with Dave and Heather made plans to free the dogs. They got them out of the pound and was leading them to go somewhere safe. But the dogs did not follow them and instead went to the hotel.
This commotion led the police, the crowd, the media and the animal control to go into the hotel. Bernie, the kids' social worker, was already there beforehand and saw what the kids did. He told everyone who the kids were and what they had done to care for the dogs. Andi and Bruce were orphaned kids and they took the stray dogs, rescued and adopted them and created their own family. Bernie called some of the dogs by name and read the accompanying short history of the how the dogs were found from the old hotel guest registry. Everyone was amused as the dogs responded to the call of their name.
This was a touching scene. The children who needed the rescuing and adoption, in turn, rescued and adopted stray dogs. The movie byline says "No Stray Gets Turned Away." Andi and Bruce had been to several foster homes already, obviously they didn't like the experience and so they created their own family, even that of dogs. They didn't want to have any stray dogs turned away as they had been.
Eventually, Bernie and wife, Carol, decided that they would adopt Andi and Bruce themselves. Because of the turn of events, the dogs were no longer taken to the local pound to be killed. Instead, the hotel was renovated and turned into a hotel for dogs with dog salon, restaurant, massage services, etc, run by the kids and the trained dogs.
In this movie, children, Andi and Bruce, were portrayed to have a particular liking for dogs, but not just pet dogs from the pet store but rescue dogs. They didn't mind the trouble and sacrifice they faced just to rescue and adopt dogs in their own little ways. This challenges the adults to have the same love and compassion for rescue dogs.
Below are some resource pages on the reasons for adopting rescue dogs, tips and things to consider and more. Hope you find them helpful.
Would you adopt a rescue dog instead of buying a pet dog from the pet store?
- Why Rescue Dogs?
Rescue dogs are dogs that end up in the shelter or stray along the side of the road. This page talks about the reasons why these dogs end up in rescue and why they are good to consider for adoption.
- Things to Consider when Adopting and Caring for Your...
Basic tips for adopting a rescue dog, and getting started strategies. Questions to ask, medical records, basic supplies for home and travel, management strategies, and expectations.
- My Sweet Little Rescue Dog
She was just a sweet little thing, she was a mix of Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier with jet black eyes. I can still remember the day we went to pick her up at the apartment of a older couple who were breeding their dogs in a tiny city apartment . When.