Bright Spot Therapy Dogs was invited to attend the Jewish Film Festive’s airing of the award-winning film Belle and Sebastian about a boy and his dog. Lily was there representing Therapy Dogs. She did a wonderful job. I’m so proud of this sweet, little dog who can get into all kinds of mischief on the home front, but knows exactly what is expected of her when she’s wearing her blue therapy dog vest.
About 100 people attended the event. It was a family affair, so there were lots of children there who came over to pet and hug Lily. Adults enjoyed looking at our Bright Spot display board with photos of our volunteer therapy dog teams visiting in a variety of health care and educational settings. Many inquired about getting their own dog certified and picked up copies of our print publication and our business card.
The movie takes place during World War II. Based on Cecil Aubry’s novel, the film adaptation shifts the setting to the French/Swiss border. Young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he tames help members of the French Resistance ferry refugees across the border. It’s a wonderful movie on many levels…. and shows the amazing bond between and a boy and his dog. A truly feel-good movie. I highly recommend it to all. Especially to those who believe in the power of the human-canine bond. I’m so glad Lily was willing to stay throughout the movie. We sat in back of the theatre and she just lay at my feet throughout the 90-minute viewing of Belle and Sebastian.