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During your day off, you and your dog might just want a lazy day, and that’s perfectly fine! Get cozy and watch a cute dog movie together. Of course, most dogs probably won’t stare at the TV unless they hear barking, but here are some of the best dog movies to watch with your furry friend.
#1 – A Dog’s Purpose
This is one of Molly’s favorite movies, but if you watch it, be prepared to cry! The main plot in this story is about a dog named Bailey that keeps getting reincarnated as a new dog in order to find his purpose. He lives the life of a family dog, a college student’s dog, and even a police dog.
Despite being sad, it is a very heartwarming film that I think every dog lover should watch. Plus, if you enjoy it, the sequel titled a Dog’s Journey just came out as well. Both of these movies were books first though, so you should check those out while you’re at it.
#2 – The Secret Life of Pets
This animated movie is a fun choice if you’re looking for something more lighthearted. It is about a dog named Max who has the perfect life with his human, but then she brings home another dog! It is a cute movie that we’ve watched over and over again. Plus, I have to admit, many of the dog behaviors in the movie are very relatable. Secret Life of Pets 2 also came out recently, and Molly said that it was very cute as well.
#3 – Dog Days
This is a lesser known dog movie, but it is a cute romance movie that I know Molly enjoys. It tells the story of multiple different dog lovers and how their lives cross paths. If you have ever watched New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day, it is structured very similarly to those with multiple stories going on at once. Plus, there’s a dog named Mabel in it, so what’s not to love?
#4 – Hotel for Dogs
Also based on a book, Hotel for Dogs is a cute kid’s movie about a brother and sister who decide to start rescuing stray dogs and keeping them in an abandoned hotel. They need to sneak out of their foster home every day to care for these dogs, and more and more dogs keep joining the hotel. Honestly, the way their hotel is set up looks like a dream to all dogs and dog parents.
#5 – Bolt
Here is another animated movie that shows the importance of a bond between a human and their dog. In this action-packed film, Bolt is part of a TV show where he has super powers and he always has to save his person, Penny. However, Bolt thinks all of it is real!
So, the plot of the movie is about Bolt getting lost from the set. He has to find his way home to Penny, and along the way, he gets to learn how to be a normal dog. It might not be the most well-known Disney movie, but it sure is a great choice for dog lovers.
#6 – The Art of Racing in the Rain
This is a new dog movie that recently came out of theaters, and it is definitely an emotional one. It is based on a book, and Molly enjoyed both the book and the movie. It starts off a bit slow, but it is the story of a racer and his family from the dog’s point of view. The dog is named Enzo and he thinks much more deeply than your typical dog. He can see all these bad things happening to his family and he often wishes that he was human so that he could help more. It’s more serious than a lot of these other movies, but it’s just as good!
#7 – 101 Dalmatians
This classic Disney movie is one that I’m sure everyone watched as a kid, but it can still be an enjoyable film today. After all, Molly insists that the animated Dalmatians are just so adorable! Plus, since this is an older Disney movie, there have been newer versions made, and I even heard that a new live action 101 Dalmatians movie is coming out since the original film is nearing its 60th anniversary.
#8 – Homeward Bound
This is another classic dog film about two dogs and a cat that are left at a friend’s ranch while their family goes on vacation. When they start to worry that their family is not returning, they decide to make a long journey home to find them. Molly hasn’t seen this film in a while, but I would love to watch it with her soon!
#9 – Lady and the Tramp
Similar to 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp is another animated Disney movie that is great for dog lovers. The story is about Lady, who is an overly pampered dog whose life changes when her family has a baby. She then befriends Tramp, who is a stray, but despite their differences, a romance blossoms between them. There is also a live action version of this movie coming soon as well.
#10 – Air Bud
Air Bud is a popular dog movie that is all about a dog that can play basketball. The movie is starts with a high school student named Josh, who is struggling at his new school. However, once he joins the basketball team, he learns that his dog, Bud, can play basketball. However, Bud was found as a stray, so once his old owner finds out about Bud’s talents, he tries to come get his dog back.
This movie has had many sequels where Bud learns to play other sports, along with movies about his puppies as well. Therefore, if you enjoy Air Bud, there is no end to the amount of stories that go along with it.
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