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Hey, It’s Franklin!

I’ve always loved dogs. I was devastated to have to start a new life without my fur babies. But, when life gives you lemons, well, you know. Recently, I have been in contact with a number of rescue organizations seeing where I could be of the most help. It’s not always an easy sell, having to explain the nature of my disability. Rescues want, need, help, but they are hesitant to allow someone who may be a hinderance join in.

So, recently, I came across some info about some dogs who needed help. Dogs with a past seldom do well in a shelter/kennel environment. Volunteers do their best. They are passionate and love unconditionally. But, sometimes, there are dogs who are at the point where they need something extra. Something personal. Volunteers can only do so much, especially when they have 15 or more dogs who are starved for attention.

I talked with my son. We agreed that we had the time, space, and most of all, passion, to help. We did the paperwork and went to the organization that needed the most help. They were all pit bulls- pure bred & mixed. We prayed that God would point us in the right direction. A meet-and-greet was arranged. After pouring over the paperwork, we had carefully chosen a few that would be a good match based on needs & size. We aren’t equipped to handle a dog that’s aggressive. That was the main limitation. Looks are irrelevant. But, I can’t have a safety concern with a 16 year old here.

The day came. We went to the facility, armed with open hearts and our list of potential new friends. As my son & I had discussed, we aren’t replacing the two we lost. We were meeting someone new. We checked in with the staff who were expecting us. We began the meetings.

Sitting on the bench outside, friend #1 arrived. He was a beautiful pup, 3 years old, background unknown. He was, however, a ball of energy and a non-stop barker. He had very little interest in new people, just wanted to run. No problem. Friend #2. This beautiful girl was an all black, pure breed. Very sweet. But, she decided to take up residence underneath the bench, out of the sun. We laughed. She was very sweet and had been dumped by an owner who decided she’d served her breeding purposes. Poor baby. Despite her relative shyness, we didn’t feel she really wanted to be with us.

At this point, one of the really experienced volunteers stepped forward. He said he had a very special boy in mind for us, if we’d like to meet him. We were game. Franklin, the volunteer said, had been through it! Poor guy had been dumped at some point in his life, onto a major interstate. About three months ago, someone had seen him taking refuge in a grassy area near the interstate. He was covered head to toe, almost literally, in ticks. He’d had some lacerations on his face, obvious marks from other dogs. Twelve pounds under weight, timid, and scared.

One other thing: he has Lyme disease. Dear God, I wondered, how many trials can one dog withstand? I asked questions, some stupid ones, about Lyme disease. No, he can’t pass it on. No, it’s not to the fatal point so he isn’t a hospice case. I looked at my son who nodded confidently. We did want to meet Sir Franklin. They mentioned that other than these facts, they knew very little of Franklin. I had seen him briefly on their website. But, none of that was listed. We had made note of others. I was guilty of overlooking him.

When the volunteer reemerged, beside him was this beautiful, blond baby doll. Franklin gave us that notorious pit bull smile. He made a beeline for my son, placing his head unto his leg. Then, he turned and looked at me. I was in love. I’ve taught my son how to pet a dog who has been abused in his past, slowly, side of the face. As he began to pet Franklin, angel boy closed his eyes and placed his total trust in us.

To be continued……….

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#Sponsored Product Review: Personalized Skincare From Y’OUR

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When I was younger, I never gave much thought to skincare. After all, when I was a teen, there were basically 3 brands to chose from! They either worked for you or they didn’t. Entering my twenties and having 2 kids changed my skin dramatically. I experienced breakouts and dark circles. Now, at 41, I’m encountering wrinkles and clogged pores. Social media sites now show me ads for ‘anti-aging breakthroughs’!
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#Sponsored DVD Spotlight: The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on May 7, or Own It Early on Digital on April 16!

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ME WITH A FREE COPY OF THE BLU-RAY I REVIEWED IN THIS BLOG POST. THE OPINIONS I SHARE ARE MY OWN. PIC/SYNOPSIS/INFO BELONG SOLELY TO WARNER BROS.

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4K UHD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include Everything Is Awesome Sing-Along

Own it Early on Digital on April 16
4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD debut on May 7

SYNOPSIS: It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

MY THOUGHTS: Last night’s movie night featured ‘The Lego Movie 2’. Present were My Aunt (69), my son (16), and myself (41). My son was the only one who’d seen the first Lego Movie (which he really enjoyed). Even as a teen, he’d been excited to check this one out. It did not disappoint!

If you think this one is simply for the kids, you’re definitely mistaken. From the opening, my aunt and I were laughing as much as my son. It was clear that this was a winning pick for movie night. For an animated movie, there was an incredible amount of action. Some scenes went back & forth between reality and animation. It helped to explain what was happening currently and ‘behind-the-scenes’ in the movie.

The choices for voiceovers were spot-on. It definitely sounded like Chris Pratt was having a very good time. In addition to the hilarious humor and incredible, action-packed animation, there were definitely solid, underlying moral messages. We have sibling love (with the real life family), being there for one’s friends, and being yourself- all great messages for younger viewers.

Honestly, though it’s rated ‘PG’ I didn’t hear/see anything questionable or concerning to me as a Christian parent. It seems to be the type of movie one must watch more than once in order to catch all the jokes and action scenes. There may be a few sad scenes that would be emotional to viewer of an elementary age, but, they aren’t violent or overly emotional.

Each of us agreed that the movie earned a rating of 4-1/2 stars. We all would definitely watch it a second time.

4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
· Everything is Awesome Sing-along – Sing-along, trivia, games and more!
· Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers​
· They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2​ – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
· Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
· LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
· LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
· Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
· Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
· Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign

“The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:
· Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers​
· They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2​ – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
· Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
· LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
· LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
· Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
· Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
· Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On April 16, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May 7, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

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Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

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*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

BASICS

PRODUCT SRP
4K UHD Combo Pack $44.95
Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
DVD Special Edition $28.98

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 7
EST Street Date: April 16
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 107 minutes
Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor
DVD: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [ENG-SDH]
4K and Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA [ENG-Atmos, ENG-ADS]

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

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