Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Susie's Hope, the Movie.

Susie's Hope~ How could I resist a good dog movie?
(Especially when I saw the adorable puppy on the front.)

This movie is based on the true story of Donna Lawrence, her husband Roy, and her puppy Susie.
Donna is a survivor of a pitbull attack that nearly claimed her life.
Susie was a pitbull mix puppy who had been beaten and burned.

As you watch the story unfold, it will make you misty-eyed.
(Multiple times I caught myself blinking back tears.)
It will warm your heart. And it will remind you that "The way we care for animals says a lot about our humanity."

I would tell a friend that when you start this movie you need to stick with it.... it all comes together.
You meet "Donna" and "Roy"- an enthusiastic young couple. We see them working around the house, laughing, and playing with their tiny poodle Baby Girl.

Neither of them expected to go anywhere near a pitbull. An attack was the furthest thing from their minds.
And they had no idea how much a terror and damage one abused dog could wreak.

The actors and actresses bring the scenes to life.
We see the few moments of violence- just cover the kids eyes at this part.
We see Donna struggle to find a new identity after that traumatic experience.
We see the steps that lead to her encountering Susie, and we see the new light in her eyes as she connects with a fellow survivor. Here is the heart of the film- a woman and a puppy, both with scars and a lot of love to give.

As we watched, we cheered for Donna and Susie. There are so many fine moments showcased here, so many people who committed themselves to saving this puppy.
As one character says- paraphrased- "God gave us dominion over the animals for a reason. It must be because we're made in His image. And His image is compassion."

There's something for everyone here. It's definitely a dog story. It's a family story. It's a best-friend story. It's a redemption story. It's got gentle comedy and cheer-worthy triumphant.
And it's even got some courtroom drama.
Susie's Hope is a film I'm eager to share with my animal-loving family. :-)

Thank you Flyby Promotions for my review copy of this DVD. In return, y'all get my opinion.

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