My Dog

An Unconditional Love Story
My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story. color. 50+ min. Mark St. Germain, dist. by Docurama c/o New Video, 800-314-8822; 2010. DVD ISBN 9781422978672. $26.95. PETS
Featuring celebrities from many walks of life, including actors Christopher Meloni, Lynn Redgrave, and Glenn Close, Olympian Greg Louganis, playwright Edward Albee, poet Billy Collins, and over a dozen more, this film serves as a tribute to the comfort and healing powers of the human-animal bond. Viewers will easily recognize both themselves and their pets in these vignettes. Regrettably, there is nothing new or unusually revealing here, just an affirmation of what researchers, and pet owners, have documented and known intuitively for decades. With the exception of a handful of stories, most notably those of Redgrave, Louganis, and Didi Conn and David Shire's handicapped son, Danny, these pedestrian tales won't hold viewer interest. At least one of them is downright ridiculous. It falls far short of the mark in terms of content and appeal; not recommended.—Edell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI

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