Hail the Hero!

A Marine Died In Battle, But What His Dog Did After The Funeral? I’m Speechless!

That subtitle is the main title of an article over on the site: Dogs Make Life Better For You.

The article was brought to my attention by Julie back in England who sent me the above link.

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A Marine Died In Battle, But What His Dog Did After The Funeral? I’m Speechless!

A dog is the only thing on earth who loves you more than he loves himself – so imagine a soldier dog’s mourning when his handler dies in the line of duty!

Max, a feature film by the producers of the doggie classic Marley and Me, intends to explore a soldier dog’s journey that doesn’t end with this heartbreaking image of a pup chasing down his fallen brother, but rather begins with it.

Max, a precision-trained military dog, loses his handler Kyle in Afghanistan. Max is too troubled to continue to fight, and the only human willing to take the dog in is the late Kyle’s little brother, Justin. Fortunately, Justin is able to relate to the troubled pup because he has problems of his own.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen military dogs do great things after their time serving our country overseas – and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

Watch the trailer for the full-length feature below, and tell us in the comments: Would you watch the film Max?

Please SHARE this powerful story of a soldier dog’s heroic journey after war with all of your friends! Military dogs deserve to be treated like heroes both during and after wartime.

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OK, it’s a plea for people to watch the film and, frankly, why not!

WikiPedia have a good summary of the film:

Max, a Malinois used to help U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, is handled by Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell) (Marine MWD). Kyle is questioned when weapons seized by his squad go missing. Realizing his friend Tyler Harne (Luke Kleintank) is among those involved with the shady dealings, he warns Tyler that he cannot cover for him. The two then go into the battlefield with their squad, with Max on point. While advancing on a suicide bomber, Max is injured by an explosion. In the ensuing gunfight, Kyle is shot and killed.

Kyle’s brother Justin (Josh Wiggins), who makes money selling illegally copied video games, their mother Pamela (Lauren Graham) and their father Ray (Thomas Haden Church) are informed of his death. After Kyle’s body is brought home for burial, the other Marines notice that Max is only calm when he is around Justin, apparently sensing that he is Kyle’s brother. The family adopts the dog, who would otherwise be euthanized for his disturbed behavior. Justin initially wants little to do with Max but eventually warms up to him. While meeting up with his friend Chuy (Dejon LaQuake), Justin meets Chuy’s cousin Carmen (Mia Xitlali), who offers to go to his house and show him some handling tricks for Max. Little by little, Max’s behavior improves around other people.

Tyler visits the Wincott’s one evening, provoking an aggressive response by Max. Later, after the Fourth of July, Ray asks Tyler what really happened. Tyler implies that Max turned on Kyle and caused him to discharge his weapon on himself, leading to his death. Justin decides to investigate the matter. Calling on one of Kyle’s old friends, Sergeant Reyes, for help, he is given a DVD of Kyle training Max that moves him to tears.

The full details of the plot can be read on that WikiPedia page.

There is also a movie trailer on YouTube; presented here for you.

Whatever one thinks about this specific film, or films like this in general, that doesn’t alter the fact that all of us who live with dogs understand the capacity of dogs to offer unconditional love to us.

27 thoughts on “Hail the Hero!

  1. Max was on the other day & I have a really hard time watching movies like that. Probably because when it comes to animals, I am just a softie.
    I have seen the trailer & it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing this, Paul!

    1. Susan, you are not alone! Jean and I had a weepy moment when we watched that film trailer yesterday evening as I was checking out today’s post. Guessing the film would have many more tearful parts!

  2. Sounds to be a moving story. I can’t watch the trailer (limited band with), but got the just of the plot.
    I think movies like this show something important…that animals, and dogs in particular, have emotions similar to humans. Many people claim that we try to anthropomorphize animals, but I think the truth is that we recognise sentience is present and simply articulate it in human language.

    1. Somewhere along my travels I have come across that wonderful story but now can’t recall where. So many thanks for including the link. It is most worthy of being shared again. Thanks John.

  3. I would watch this film when it comes out somewhere I can watch from home. Don’t want to embarrass myself weeping in the theater. It looks like a wonderful film. I agree with what colettebytes said. I believe animals have soul too. Just a different vibration than ours. Higher I think. 🙂

    1. Ah, that ‘soul’ word. On one hand such a familiar idea yet on the other hand such a mysterious concept! But no question that our dogs display a range of emotional behaviors that we humans can emphathise with.

    1. Oh, that touches a chord! Yes, when you reflect on the extremes of behavior that we humans get up to, the latest example from Las Vegas notwithstanding, we are so, so lucky that dogs bother with us in the slightest let alone show us the love that they do! Wonderful observation from you!

  4. Yes I would watch this film Paul, its one I have not seen advertised over here.. I would probably come out all red eyed.. Thank you for this share, now to watch the trailer.. xxx

  5. Im travelling to work. My throat and chest is tight. Us able bodied and verbal people have so many issues.
    How must our little paw friends feel?
    We HAVE to be there for them. They love us unconditionally.

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