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Hollywood Goes to the Dogs
So does the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco

We love seeing pups on film, especially in roles that show them woven into life in realistic ways that celebrate their positive role. And lately it seems a lot of directors agree with us. In the November issue of Bark, we preview several wonderful canine movie performances coming our way over the holiday season. From Leon the Beagle (played by four different canine actors) in We Bought a Zoo to a Jack Russell Terrier, Uggy, in The Artist, a black and white silent film from France. Uggy won the Palm Dog at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

A dog named Laika plays sidekick to an old man who befriends a young African stowaway in the French port city in Le Havre. Inca, a Siberian Husky, helps a lonely man in remote Canada find love in An Insignificant Harvey. And, finally, a Wire Fox Terrier named Snowy is brought to life by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson in the animated Adventures of Tintin, based on the famed comic book series of the same name.

The passion for canine film stars doesn’t stop there. Tomorrow, the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco hosts the BowWow Film Festival to benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Dogs are on the bill—Sniff, Pound (featuring a five-ish Robert Downey Jr.) and shorts by William Wegman—and invited to the event. The all-day party includes a dog parade, a dog show competition, DoggieVaudville and much, much more. Timmy from Lassie will be there!! So would I, if I lived in San Fran.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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