“MAX” Coming Soon to Theaters

Rated PG
(action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements)

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

In Theaters: June 26, 2015

MAX is about a military dog who serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, Kyle Wincott, a U.S. Marine. But when things go terrible wrong Max loses not only his handler, but his best friend. Traumatized by this loss, Max is unable to remain in service and is shipped stateside.

Max has a hard time adjusting. The only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin. So Max is adopted by Kyle’s family. Justin has issues of his own and, at first, isn’t interested in taking responsibility for Max.

Justin grows to trust Max and the two find an unlikely new best friend in each other.

“Max” stars Josh Wiggins (“Hellion”) as Justin Wincott, Lauren Graham (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” TV’s “Parenthood”) as his mom, Pamela, and Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways”) as his dad, Ray.  

You can watch the official trailer here.

One of the major topics this movie addresses is PTSD in dogs. We hear about soldiers suffering from PTSD but rarely hear about how war affects animals, in particular dogs. This movie gives parents the opportunity to talk with their children about PTSD in both humans and dogs.

Here is some information about PTSD in dogs.

  • Who can be affected: 
    • PTSD can affect military dogs as well as household dogs.
  • Causes/Triggers of PTSD:
    • Violent personal assaults
    • Natural or human-caused disasters
    • Accidents
    • Loss of a care taker
    • Military Combat
  • Signs and Symptoms of PTSD:
    • Change in behavior
      • Nervousness
      • Weight loss
      • Aggression
      • Shaking or whining
    • Fearful behavior
      • Avoiding places or things that remind them of the traumatic event.
  • Treatment
    • Retraining them to be comfortable again in tense situations is the number one form of treatment.
      • Training is usually done with a certify/qualified trainer.
    • Military dogs who show signs and symptoms of PTSD are taken out of service.
    • Medications are generally not used since they mask the symptoms instead of helping/training the dog to cope/adapt to stressors.

On Tuesday, my humans are going to an advanced screening. I look forward to hearing and sharing their experience with this film!

A big thanks to Kenn Bell from Dog Files for all of his hard work in sharing and promoting this movie.

Today I’m joining the Monday Mischief blog hop hosted by:
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Strike a Cord Dog Leash – Review #2 and Giveaway

Almost a year ago I custom order a 90 inch long, King Cobra braided, multipurpose lease from Strike a Cord. (Here is the link to that review if you are interested.) Not only do I love that leash but my humans do as well. It is great for going on hikes, shopping, or going to events.

However, it was a big leash just to walk to the mailbox or to keep in my mom’s purse. So, I reached out to Strike a Cord again to see if she would make me a smaller, custom leash. A leash that was light weigh, compact, and of course fashionable. Now lets get one thing straight. I may be a boy pup, but to us dogs leashes and collars are like shoes to women or tools to men. You can never have too many and we want to look our best as we are prancing around!

Lisa, from Strike a Cord, communicated throughout the entire process. Asking us what braid, length, color we were wanting. She made sure to communicate to my mom when my leash was next up for her to hand make.  As well as, messaging us when it was ready to be shipped, including a tracking number.

In the photos below shows the two colors I picked, purple and neon green. I picked these colors so it matches my multipurpose leash. This leash is 36 inches long and cost $22 plus shipping. This leash is great for my mom to stick in her purse or my dad to put it in his pocket.

It may be small and light weight, but since it is made out of paracord, also known as parachute cor or 550 cord, it is extremely tough. Paracord is made of seven strong nylon cords with each cord made of several smaller woven stands, all wrapped in a flexible outer braided nylon wrapper. The combined breaking strength of paracord is 550 pounds making it great for parachuting. And this is also where the name 550 cord comes in. 

Strike a Cord also makes bracelets, collars, harness, and so much more. To learn more about Strike a Cord, their other products, or their prices visit them on their Website or their Facebook page.

Now time for a GIVEAWAY!
One lucky person will win a two color 36 inch leash from Strike a Cord. To enter you must be 18 years of ago or over living in the US. No purchase necessary. The Giveaway will run from Wednesday, June 3 through Thursday, June 11 at 12:00 am. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and will be notified via email.

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I’m joining in the Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by BlogPaws.