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Announcing The FIRST Dog Files Contest!

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To celebrate the DVD release of Haichi: A Dog’s Tale, the Dog Files is giving away three copies of the DVD!

All you have to do is click here and sign up for The Dog Files Newsletter! Don’t forget that you’re not signed up till you click the link in the confirmation email we send you.

That’s all you have to do to have a chance to win one of three copies of Haichi: A Dog’s Tale! If you are already signed up for The Dog Files Newsletter and confirmed it through the email then you’re already entered in the contest! How’s that for easy?

We’ll be announcing the winners on March 22, 2010!

Check out the trailer and read the DVD review below.

— Kenn

By Chris Nashawaty for

Even the manliest moviegoer likes to have a good cry from time to time. Bill Murray knew that much in Stripes when he asked his platoon to raise their hands if they cried when Old Yeller died. We fellas may appear to be emotionally bulletproof sitting through female-friendly weepies like Steel Magnolias and Beaches, but throw a dog into the mix and the floodgates tend to bust wide open. Hollywood’s been hip to this for ages, going back as far as 1943’s Lassie Come Home — a perennial that defies you not to reach for the Kleenex.

Since then, there have been heart-tuggers aimed at art-house crowds (1952’s Umberto D.), action-flick aficionados (2007’s I Am Legend), and mainstream multiplexers (2008’s Marley & Me). What all of these movies about man’s best friend have in common is that they’re guaranteed to turn on the most stubborn waterworks. At first glance, there was little reason to expect Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’s inclusion on that list. After all, films directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) and starring Richard Gere generally don’t bypass theaters and basically go straight to DVD if they’re half decent. But this one’s a three-hankie gem.

Based on a true story, Hachi is the tale of a professor who adopts a lost Akita puppy who sits outside the train station every night, loyally waiting for him to come home. Then, one day, his master doesn’t come home (I’m not giving anything away, it’s in the trailer) and Hachi just waits…and waits. All I can say is, I lost it. And unless you’re made of stone, you will too. A run-of-the-mill making-of doc is the sole EXTRA. No matter, Hachi still gets an A–.

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12 years ago

LOVED this movie SO MUCH! It is a 4 hankie move, but SO wonderful!

Lori Sue Watson
12 years ago

Something tells me I will be crying during this movie. I LOVE true stories and dog stories…It doesn't get better than a true story about dogs!

Cheri Clawson Burger
12 years ago

Just knowing the story made me cry! Sorta afraid to see it….
I also hope people don't all run out and get themselves Akitas without first learning about them!!


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