By Kathleen Roberts
Hotel for Dogs is a wonderful story for the whole family based on the book of the same name by Lois Duncan. Many of the dogs used in this movie were rescues adopted 16 weeks before production began and trained by trainer and Hotel for Dogs Animal Coordinator Mark Forbes. About 70 dogs total were used in this movie, including stand-ins.
Happily, many of them found loving new homes between pre-production and filming. That is a fact that makes an awesome movie even more appealing. Need a little more motivation? How about this? When you purchase your ticket to Hotel for Dogs, Pedigree brand dog food makes a donation to help shelter dogs all over the country, up to $250,000. So what are you waiting for? This movie is a must-see, for more than one reason.
Eleven-year-old Bruce and his 16-year-old sister Andi lost their parents three years ago. Since then, they have been bouncing from foster home to foster home, all the while hiding their beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Friday. In order to care for Friday in their current no-dogs-allowed foster home, the siblings go to great lengths to keep Friday fed; not an easy task with a food-obsessed chow-hound who can sniff out a hot dog at 200 yards . And not all their efforts are appreciated by the law.
After getting caught passing off a rock in a box as a new cell phone in order to get money at a pawn shop, their kind-hearted social worker, Bernie, warns them that they can't mess up again. If they get kicked out by current foster parents, wanna-be rockers Carl and Lois Scudder, they may be forced to live in separate homes.