I am not a “family film” or “animal film” fan. I prefer action adventure, blow ‘em up, chase ‘em around kind of movies. So when my neighbors’ kids gave me the DVD “Firehouse Dog” I put it aside to watch “later”. I didn’t really think about it again until just recently. I happened to be in Petco and was talking to a guy who brought it up. He started telling me about the background of the movie and that it was made to honor a pooch named Rosebud.
The movie wasn’t about Rosebud’s life or anything like that. The filmmaker simply wanted a tribute to a very special dog. In looking for the right project they didn’t want a “talking dog” movie or anything like that, just a really special dog story. “Firehouse Dog” became that story. I decided to dust off the DVD and take a look this weekend.
Released in April of 2007 the movie stars young Josh Hutcherson (Zathura, RV and Bridge to Terabithia) as a rebellious 12-year old Shane Fahey. His dad played by Bruce Greenwood (the President in National Treasure: Book of Secrets) is captain of a rundown fire station. Their lives are changed when a dirty stinky mutt named Dewey shows up. Unbeknownst to them Dewey is actually a super Hollywood canine action hero who came to their town as the result of a stunt gone terribly wrong.
REXXX /Dewey is accustomed to having his way and doing his own stunts so he makes quite an impression on everyone from the local dog catcher to the high ranking city officials. “Firehouse Dog” is a cute, fun movie that is suitable for the entire family. If you get the movie, be sure to watch the special features and commentary, which shows the canine casting process and how they taught Dewey/REXXX to do all the stunts.
Dewey/REXXX is actually played by four Irish Terriers – Arwen, Frodo, Rohan and Stryder who came from local shelters. I am happy to report that since the movie they have all found good homes. Which leads me to say that not all dogs in shelters are “bad dogs” there are many great dogs who need loving homes. If you are thinking about getting a pet don’t forget to go to your local shelter and see who’s there waiting for you to take them home.
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