If you’re like me, you love a good story about a loyal, loving dog. So you probably saw Marley and Me and Max in recent years and grew up on the classics like Lassie, Hooch, Old Yeller, and even Lady and the Tramp. Great books can turn into amazing movies, especially when they are true stories. So here is a list of 3 books that definitely need movie deals.
THUNDER DOG: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust
This incredible true story about a blind man and his guide dog will change your perspective on life and inspire courage and will. Michael Hingson writes about his life being blind, and his and guide dog Roselle’s will and determination to live as normally as possible. A film about his story would be one of action, thrill and heroism – all in one. He shares specifically one fateful day on September 11, 2001, when his remarkable guide dog led him down 78 flights of stairs during the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. I see Jason Bateman playing lead for this since he brings the same endearing and strong-willed personality to his characters. The details in this story about their survival of that traumatic day emphasize “the triumph of trust” between him and his guide dog, and would definitely pack movie theaters. I’d be first in line.
The Dog Lived (And So Will I): A Memoir
The quote on the book cover almost says it all, describing this memoir as “a story about love and the strength love gives us to go on”. If you are a dog lover (which you probably are or else you wouldn’t be reading this), and you or a loved one has dealt with cancer, this story strikes home. This is another film that would fall under heroism, but also compassion and love. Seeing your dog go through cancer is tough enough, but then being diagnosed yourself is one of life’s hardships that many people struggle with. The inspiration to beat cancer together is such a happy story to read. Who else can play such an emotionally in-depth role than Meryl Streep? I know I’d pay to see this story in theaters.
Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Working Dog
Military-themed movies are growing ever-popular, and some of the highest grossing military films are based on true events. Both in military and civilian populations, this story about Sergeant Rex and his handler, Mike Dowling is well-known. As one of many Marine Corps units deployed to Iraq, Sergeant Dowling and his military working dog, Sergeant Rex were part of military k9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. Specifically, Dowling shares events from missions with Rex in Iraq’s infamous Triangle of Death. The two made an impermeable team, and Rex’s heroism during his deployments with Dowling have gone down in history. I see Chris Hemsworth playing lead since he could totally pass as a Marine.
When one or all of these books turn into movies, I’ll be first in line to get tickets. We know there are hundreds of true stories about 9/11, beating cancer, and combat in Iraq, but these three captivate readers and make them feel like they are right there with the authors – and surviving it all with their loyal dogs.