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The real title of the film should have been ‘Louie & Candie’

For anyone that has followed my column for any length of time, you know that I often talk about the antics of my ill-mannered pooch, Louie.
Don’t get me wrong, he is a gorgeous, spoiled-rotten, permanent fixture of my family and I wouldn’t trade him for anything, but I am honest about the fact that he is less than socially acceptable.
So much so, that I have hired a trainer that has had Louie in his keeping for the past month to try and help me have a better dog when he comes home, which should be this upcoming weekend. I am excited to get my dog back because even though the house is less rowdy without him and I can wear slippers around the house without fear of getting pounced on, I miss him and his antics. To help me feel better about not having him home, my husband and I went to see the new movie Marley and Me last week.
If you haven’t seen it and you are an animal lover, I highly recommend it, but I must warn you, I am a little disgruntled with the producers of that film because I think they stole my life and my dog’s behavior patterns and made a movie without consulting me. That little yellow lab puppy acted the same as my little black one did and grew up to be the same holy terror my Louie is now.
Everything from standing on the couch chewing the cushions to crying all night because he doesn’t like being by himself, “Marley” is my dog! The only thing he hasn’t done yet and only because I don’t keep my jewelry anywhere near him, is eat my necklace like Marley does in the movie. I’m seriously wondering if the man who wrote the book the movie is based on covertly came to Ennis and studied my dog while I was at work.
Somehow, I doubt that is the case but I swear the similarities between those two animals are ridiculously close. In fact, after the movie I called the trainer to check on Louie because the movie made me miss him even more.
I think the point of the movie is something a dog owner already knows: you may think in the beginning that you are getting an animal of which you are the master but in the end you come to realize that the four-legged monster you brought into your home actually mastered you because no matter how long you have them or how bad they are, your life is significantly diminished without them in it.
That being said I sincerely hope Louie has learned a lot from his month of training, but I’m sure that when he gets home he’ll realize there is a couch he hasn’t seen in weeks and a cat that needs chasing. Maybe if I’m lucky he’ll also remember a bed that he likes to nap in. A girl can dream, can’t she?

Candie Beck-Adams is community editor for the Ennis Daily News. She can be reached at candie@ennisdailynews.com.

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