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“The Champions” documentary now available for download

“The Champions” is an important film that tells story of pit bulls rescued and rehabilitated from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring. The film deliberately avoids visuals of dog fighting and cruelty to animals, so please do not be afraid to see the film. The film is a very inspiring and uplifting experience!

The Champions

The Champions documentary, the inspirational story about the pit bull terriers rescued from the brutal fighting ring of NFL star Michael Vick, will be widely available for audiences everywhere to download directly from Best Friends Animal Society and www.ChampionsDocumentary.com. The film will also be available for download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video and VuDu.

The Champions is a story of hope, redemption and second chances – chronicling the work of animal welfare organizations like Best Friends Animal Society who agreed to take in 22 dogs despite pressures to euthanize them. The award-winning film has worked to change perceptions of pit bulls at film festivals across the country, including the Hamptons International Film Festival, DOC NYC and most recently the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, among others.

“This story proves that even creatures who have suffered the most unimaginable abuse have amazing strength, spirit, and resilience,” said Darcy Dennett, director and producer for The Champions. “But the film also looks at how pit bull terrier-type dogs are discriminated against as a breed.”

In an effort to educate the public about pit bull terrier-like dogs, the film also will be shown at community screenings in 20 cities around the country. The communities were chosen because of existing Breed-Discriminatory Legislation, which targets certain breeds of dogs, or laws that stigmatize canine victims of cruelty who are seized in connection with dog fighting. Legislation to overturn these inhumane laws is pending or has recently passed in several of these communities.

The Champions

“Prior to the Michael Vick case, the traditional, historic treatment of dogs from fight busts was simply to regard them as damaged goods and to kill them,” said Francis Battista, co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society. “All along, we’ve been advocating for them to be given a chance. Our experience has shown that there’s no need to be afraid of the dogs or blame them, just because of the situation they came from.”

Best Friends Animal Society will host community screening of The Champions in 20 cities. For the full list of cities and dates, check here.

To learn more about The Champions and watch the trailer, visit: http://www.championsdocumentary.com/watch-the-trailer/

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

Become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

About Director/Producer Darcy Dennett

Darcy Dennett directed and produced the documentary The Champions, about the pit-bulls rescued from the dog-fighting ring of NFL’s Michael Vick, an inspirational story of resilience and the significance of the relationship humans have with animals. In 2013, Dennett produced a segment in Nigeria for Oprah’s landmark series Belief. She was the series producer of National Geographic’s Dogtown, directed episodes of Our America with Lisa Ling, and produced a multi-million dollar advertising campaign for HSBC with some of National Geographic’s best photographers, around the world. Darcy studied film at Wesleyan, lives in NYC, and has traveled to over 50 countries. For more Information about Darcy, visit: http://www.championsdocumentary.com/filmmaker/

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The Good Dinosaur


If you are looking for a cute movie that you can watch with your family The Good Dinosaur is a great choice! Sweet, funny, and with a cute twist on who the “pet” is, the movie is fun for all ages.

The movie is out today for your enjoyment at home, and it comes with all kinds of great special features! That is one of our favorite parts of owning movies, all the fun extras, and The Good Dinosaur doesn’t disappoint! For example, have you ever wondered what it might take to get a “roar” just right?

Special features:

  • Theatrical Short: “Sanjay’s Super Team” (when we watched this with our nieces and nephews who are 5 and 3, they found it scary).
  • The Filmmakers’ Journey: Director Peter Sohn And Team Share Their Experience Of Making The Movie
  • Hide And Seek: Watch A Short Animated Promotional Clip
  • True Lies About Dinosaurs: Learn What Separates The Movie’s Dinosaurs From Real Ones
  • Recyclosaurus: The Crew Competes To Create The Best Dinosaur Ever… From Discarded Items!
  • Every Part Of The Dinosaur: Explore The Movie’s Special Animation Challenges
  • Following The T-Rex Trail: Meet The Family Who Inspired The T-Rex Ranchers
  • Deleted Scenes With Intros: View Scenes Developed For Previous Versions Of The Movie

There may be some parts very young kids could find scary, this is a PG rating so keep that in mind. Our family really enjoyed it, both kids and adults alike!

*We received a review copy in exchange for our honest review, all thoughts are ours.*

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Take time to be a dad today!

It may seem strange to find a post about fatherhood on a blog about animals, but dads are important, no matter what species!

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To be a genuinely good dad, the first step is to spend time with your kids. While being a dad is not THAT simple, much of what it takes to be a good dad is that simple. Every man is capable of being a great dad! Eighty-six percent of dads spend more time with their children today than their own fathers did with them. That is a big deal. The simple fact is, your kids just want to be with you no matter what you are doing.

According to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council, a majority of dads (7 out of 10) also reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent. But don’t sell yourself short. If you are taking time out of your day and spending time with your kids, you are a good dad.
Take Po for example. He was able to overcome some unique circumstances because of his relationship with this father. With the love and advice from dad, Po came out on top!

Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.
Need some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

  • Make breakfast, lunch or dinner together.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Collect props from around the house and take pictures of each other.
  • Plan a picnic, even indoors if it is cold.
  • Plan a short road trip.
  • Create a story together and make a book.
  • Get creative! The options are truly limitless.

In an effort to inspire and support men in their commitment to responsible fatherhood, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance’s National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and the Ad Council are asking us to share a message to dads everywhere: Take Time To Be A Dad Today! Visit the Ad Council or Fatherhood.gov for more resources on what you can do to make your time with your kids count!

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