The Stray

The Stray
Sometimes one dog can change everything


It’s a story so many of us can relate to—working too hard, trying to balance a job and a family (and oftentimes getting it wrong) and, for dog people, finding the dog you rescued has, in fact, actually saved you. All of this is at the heart of a new movie, based on a remarkable true story, called The Stray. We had the good fortune to meet with the movie’s charismatic co-writer and director, Mitch Davis, whose real life experiences inspired the film. We sat down with him to ask him what’s it’s like to relive a really important period of your life and about the dog that quite literally saved his life. 

When Mitch’s youngest son came to him with the idea to turn their family story into a movie, he was dead set against it. “My initial reaction was no,” Mitch says. “When he handed a draft to me, the truth is, it took over two weeks to even pick it up because I didn’t want to disappoint him.” 

Mitch happens to be the writer and co-director behind movies such as Disney’s Windrunner and The Other Side of Heaven, so he knows what makes a good movie. But he was reluctant. “This story has been in our family for 25 years,” Mitch says. “And it’s always sort of been a sacred story, you know. We didn’t go to the newspapers. It was an emotional, poignant experience for all of us, including the other two boys not in our family. We just laid low and kept it to ourselves. But when I finally did read the draft script, it was so beautifully rendered that I saw the movie. There’s this common humanity—we were a family in crisis and this dog showed up from out of nowhere and set about solving our problems. When I figured that out, I realized it really is universal.” 

“The tag line I’ve started to think about,” Mitch continues, “is when you save a stray dog, the life you save might actually be your own. And in my case that was psychologically true and physically true.” 

Convinced, Mitch set about making The Stray, a family movie at heart and from the ground up. Mitch is the co-writer—along with his youngest son—as well as the director, and subject of the movie, “which is really kind a strange circle of responsibilities,” he notes. His oldest son composed the score of the movie and his third son was the editor. “It’s a real family affair,” Mitch says with pride. 

Certainly casting takes on new weight when it’s your own family members that are being represented. “I had really strict instructions from my wife that whoever played her had to be really beautiful,” Mitch laughs. They cast Sarah Lancaster from the TV series Chuck, Everwood, and Saved by the Bell. “I really feel like she inhabited my wife’s beautiful maternal soul. She gave the movie a real sense of family.” 

Mitch’s son who wrote the script had a lot of suggestions on the actor front. “He kept sending me suggestions of really ugly comedians to play me and I was like, Parker, are you trying to tell me something?,” Mitch laughs. “And he said, ‘Dad, you’ve got this goofy side and I want the goofy to come out in film.’ And I’m like, yeah, not that goofy!” 

They ended up casting Michael Cassidy, who had just gotten off of Batman vs Superman, to play Mitch, a decision everyone was really happy with. “I just love what he brought to the role,” Mitch says. “Both Sarah and Michael have small young families and they both love their families and highly prioritize them and they both brought that sense to the movie.” 

And it all really happened. “The lightening strike is by far the most dramatic thing that’s ever happened to me, obviously. It burnt a hole in my shirt. I still have the shirt. It hit me literally right in the heart. No question I would have died if Pluto had not been in the tent—the doctors later told me there’s no question he saved my life and probably some of the boys as well.” 

Pluto is not only the real star of the movie but the inspiration behind it. “This movie is special to me because I feel a real debt to my dog,” Mitch states simply. “It was a chapter in my family’s life that was kind of magical. Really, everything in the movie is true. I was working too hard—at Disney studios as a Junior Executive— and just didn’t have time to breathe, didn’t have enough money to make rent, and didn’t have enough time to be any kind of father or husband. And I suggested to my wife one day, you know I think we should get a dog. My wife just laughed. She said, ‘the last thing in the world I need is another mouth to feed! Over my dead body are we getting a dog.’ But then she stopped and said, ‘but, you know, I read an article the other day that said the best way to get a dog is to get a stray; it’s kind of like living together before you get married—you don’t have any firm commitment to each other you get to try each other out.’ So she said, ‘if a stray dog shows up, I’ll consider getting a dog—but there’s no way I’m getting one on purpose.’ And I’ll be darned if within a week, this stray dog, Pluto, showed up at our house—followed our oldest son home from school. And that was it. Pluto was an angel in our family’s life. He showed up during a really stressful time and just performed a lot of kindnesses for all of us, really.” 

As one can imagine, it was heavy watching key moments from the past reenacted. 

“At times I got very emotional,” Mitch admits. “It’s been almost 30 years and I still just get really choked up thinking about how much we just loved that dog and felt indebted to him because we all knew he had saved our lives. Searching through those family videos you see at the end of the film and coming across some of those gems, it just reminded me of how hectic but also how wonderful that time was.” 

As for the message he'd like everyone to take away from the movie? 

“Get one,” he laughs, referring to dogs. “I’m a big fan. I would strongly advocate for adopting a stray—I think sometimes dogs seem to know that you’ve rescued them, that you’ve saved them from a sad fate. And Pluto seemed to treat us that way. He was just a fellow traveler and he was always grateful that we gave him a home and we're so grateful to him for the things he brought us.” 

The Stray opens in theatres across the US October 6th. 


Add a comment

Comments (12)

Hello, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came to ?return the favor?.I am attempting to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 04:06
Quality articles is the secret to attract the viewers to go to see the web site, that's what this website
is providing.
Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:55
If some one wants expert view concerning running a blog after that i
recommend him/her to go to see this webpage, Keep up the pleasant
Sat, 11/24/2018 - 14:11
The problem with Headline tags is that the text is huge and it leaves a leaves a computerized line break
underneath. Press a petal or a flower and laminate it before attaching to the page.
All search engine results are completely democratic.
Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:48
Others do it to bring attention due to their
business promotions. I've only briefly mentioned ideas about getting site views.
Find to help keep visitors coming back to your world
wide web.
Wed, 01/23/2019 - 02:00
Also known in the blogosphere as utility post.
You need to approach the slide structure like a and figure
out why visitors aren't buying your products.

Surf your path through Myspace.vgf
Fri, 03/08/2019 - 22:44
When you walk within a health club one of this first stuff
you notice is the music: the bass is pumping a beat in the
floor, the melody is exciting and upbeat, as well as the tempo is
energizing whole good room. But what if you have decided to
kick or punch the jogging trail? Or if the latest health club music seriously isn't your blend?
Then it's time for make your work out play describe.

Mo's Irish Pub- Downtown or in Wauwautosa, catch the action all day long.
Featuring 918kiss download link, lots of live music, beer and Bailey's specials, and site directories .
100 people through the doorway get a totally free t-shirt.
Opens at 6 a.m.

Waiting For Something was kind of rock, but it has excellent
of synth and things like that along with of it, so I see this as doing
point thing, but rather of incorporating it all into one album, I'm splitting it up.
I guess there can be a common thread because all our
songs are catchy and lyrically easy to understand with easy choruses.
That's the common thread on each of. Other than that,
I split my mind up concerning the music.

Oakley: Celebration at Freedom High School from 6 p.m to 10 pour.m.

with music, bounce houses, giant slide, laser tag, rock climbing wall, games, a petting zoo, pony rides, food, crafts,
performances by local martial arts, cheer and dance studios.

The evening will end with fireworks. Admission is provided for free.

$5 wristbands for unlimited games and drives. Age 4 and under is

Albany: Free celebration at Albany Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Avenue from 11 a.m.
to 4 l'ordre de.m. with entertainment, food, games, pony rides, dunk tanks,
face painting, giant obstacle course, hiking wall, Dog Jog & Walk at 9 a very.m.
and Mustache & Beard Contest, pet show and family programs.

$4 buys all-day ride wristband.

Reeve: I am know, around the globe hard condition expertise really.
I am not really sure, it depends when it opens, how things get changed whenever it does
wide open. We are just happy to be engaged for time that
we shall be engaged. Just the fact that it helps expose me.
It does not really matter which it is not like
we are quitting being a band, it is almost features. It is going to make us work a lot harder,
not too we don't already work tirelessly. It is not going to
remain away from audiences, however just going to have
to come to us for awhile.

Ha, grossing out another Asian place to are proud of (or ashamed of).
Have to not too, too much that grosses me out
food wise, with pay day loan exception of certain moving
insects. The dead ones I are prepared for!
Scorpions are a personal favorite. Despite the fact that I
enjoy adventurous eating, I am trying in order to become
somewhat socially conscious at the same time (shark fin,
foie gras, etc).
Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:51
Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download
it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog shine.
Please let me know where you got your design. Thanks
Sat, 11/03/2018 - 07:22
The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my iphone and tested to see if it
can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views.

I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!;u=27176
Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:34
Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?
I'm kinda paranoid about losing everything I've worked hard on. Any recommendations?
Fri, 02/08/2019 - 20:48
There are quite obvious and immediate solutions that you can implement to allow your website more desirable and n accessible.
These changes can possibly keep prospects on the cost longer and convert these types of paying potential
buyers. It does not matter if managing is employed by lead generation, educate, sell
products or services it needs a few things to create it more exciting
and profitable world-wide-web site. Remember, if a visitor has a proper experience in the website subjected to testing more almost certainly going to become a repeat potential customer.

There are still 14 different markets that contain over 600 bars
their network immediately. If you live in San Francisco,
can perform send a glass or two to your friend who lives in New You are able to.
A friend of mine who first introduced me to this app lives
down in San francisco and managed to send me a drink i could
redeem here in San Francisco.

How so you should have business that is known for a platform every single person has to be able
to. You are part of the entire driving the guests but the audience gets rewarded.

Start function computer up like frequent. Plug in the USB flash drive and
open My Pc workstation. Double click it and the system will
boot up. With MojoPac, a nice login screen joker download apk will be.

With Linux, the command prompt will appear, but hit ENTER.

So, what we can gather from my list of "popular apps", is on the subject of these apps started out as
websites and then built into an app for you know what ??
CONVENIENCE! Everyone (or almost everyone) loathes doing their browser on their iPad or iPhone to Google (yahoo, or bing) the website and pinch the screen to
get the perfect assess. First off all, it is
far too time consuming and never to mention, difficult. Mad props to the folks mentioned for giving us a program.

It almost all about visitors and not about you might. That is because he or
she is your potential customer so bear that in mind when examining
your website for improvements and growing your agency.
A prospect visits website in order to solve a problem or
boost their lives in one way or the other. It is a personal job not necessarily to obtain it easily accessible on your website,
however additionally to convince them your product or service will
accomplish this type of. You can succeed by doing this
by highlighting the benefits that your prospect will get if they purchase
your product or service.

As of March, they reached 25 billion recordings!
Well done, Fruit! After seeing what Apple has accomplished in just four years,
I wonder what they will come up with in the subsequent set of years.
Who am I kidding? Correction: in the following year.

Maybe our iPads will learn to grill moolah.;u=262455
Thu, 03/28/2019 - 22:40
Puppy Linux is often a favorite many because involved with small as well
as easy in order to. Log on to their webpage and download your tv app for windows, iOS and Android.
Mon, 04/15/2019 - 05:42


Dog of the Week!

Meet: Brogan