Several Sundays ago, while my puppy Roosevelt and I were on our way to Home Depot, I received one of the most amusing emails of my life. Mind you, as a writer, I receive a lot of interesting emails, but this one was pure gold. It was an invitation for Roosevelt and me to attend a dog influencer screening for a new movie called The Art of Racing the Rain, which stars Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried.
With 68 Instagram followers, I’d hardly call Ro a dog influencer (I guess I have written several articles about him), but I know an entertaining opportunity when I see one. Obviously, I RSVP’d yes. But despite the hilarious stories I’d surely gain from the experience, I couldn’t help but feel like it was going to be extremely stressful to go to a movie with my 9-month-old pup.
When the time came, I packed my tote with treats, doggie bags and toys and hoped the run we’d gone on that morning would keep him mellow in the theater. (He’s not just a puppy, he’s a Brittany. Little dude has boundless energy.)
Off we went to the Westwood iPic, a movie theater that has reclining leather seats as well as in-theater meal and beverage service. Quite an upscale place for a screening with a bunch of pooches. Upon arrival, Roosevelt and I waited in line for the JustFoodForDogs step and repeat. Yes, a step and repeat for dogs. We both posed and I learned Ro is definitely the more photogenic of the two of us.