Sep 1 2017 8:30am

The Best Movies Where The Real Star Is the Dog

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These movie dogs get 11 out of 10—“Because they're good dogs, Brent”

Today we're thrilled to host Sarah Morgan (Holiday in the Hamptons) on Heroes and Heartbreakers. We can't imagine a world without dogs and sometimes the best part of a movie night is the furry friend accompanying our main character—if that main characters isn't, themselves, a dog. Sarah is here today to talk about some of those movie dogs we know and love. Thanks, Sarah!

I love dogs, I love romance and I love movies so put the three together and give me a bowl of popcorn and I’m happy. Dogs make great secondary characters, which is why I’ve populated some of the books from my Manhattan With Love series with cute furry creatures. In my new novel Holiday in the Hamptons, there’s an ex movie dog who likes to play dead (to the consternation of the heroine), and a lovable Doberman called Hero who never lives up to his name.

I have a stack of movies on my shelves that are chosen for the charm of the canine star.  Here are some of my favorites (You won’t find Marley and Me on this list because it makes me howl at the end, and I prefer to smile!).

You've Got Mail

I love all Nora Ephron’s movies, and this one is no exception.

This movie makes me want to move to the Upper West Side, buy a cute bookstore and spend all day drinking moccachino and strolling through flower markets.  Tom Hanks plays the owner of the ‘Fox Books Superstore’ the big hungry megastore that gobbles up everyone’s business, including that of the indie children’s bookstore owned by Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan).   

Brinkley is the doggie support star, delivering a wagging tail and canine sympathy as Tom sends emails and barking joyfully as he races towards his happy ending through a flower filled Riverside Park at the end of the movie.

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

I love Reese Witherspoon, and pretty much any movie she does is fine with me, especially when she brings her dog along too. In this movie, ‘Bruiser’ Woods is a Chihuahua who lives happily in ‘Elle Woods’ handbag for much of the movie and pops his head up with perfect comedic timing.  I love the scene where he watches dogs on TV while Elle is on the treadmill. 

As Good As It Gets

This is one of my all time favorite movies. It’s a quirky romantic comedy starring Jack Nicholson as Melvin, a successful novelist who has obsessive compulsive disorder. He falls for a waitress in the café he frequents daily. She’s a single mother and struggles with her seriously asthmatic child.

When his neighbor is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to care for the dog Verdall, who he loathes but who gradually transforms him. The dog is the catalyst in this movie and thanks to Verdall’s cute canine ways, Melvin gradually reconnects with the people around him.

101 Dalmations

101 Dalmations

Technically it’s not a romantic movie, but the dogs fall in love and so do the humans so that makes it qualify for me. If there’s one thing better than a Dalmatian, it’s 101 Dalmatians and the original book by Dodie Smith was one of my childhood favorites (and inspired my book New York Actually).

Lady and the Tramp

Another animated film, but no one can deny the chemistry between Lady and the streetwise ‘Tramp’.  This film also has the most romantic, candlelit ‘spaghetti and meatballs’ scene ever seen in a movie which makes it a winner for me.

Do you have a favorite doggy movie star?

Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

The perfect summer escape?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn't seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him—too gorgeous, and still too good for her—and Fliss's heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past.

Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss—if she's run away to the Hamptons, it's because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn't know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he's never stopped loving her…

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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. RT Book Reviews has described her as 'a magician with words' and she won their Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 as well as making numerous appearances in their 'Top Pick' slot.

Sarah lives near London with her family, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

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