‘A Dog’s Way Home’ explores the power of unconditional love

Gelo Lasin

Based on the bestselling novel by the beloved author of A Dog’s Purpose, Columbia Pictures’ A Dog’s Way Home is an emotionally charged and uplifting spiritual odyssey that follows one dog’s journey home that highlights the power of unconditional love between a dog and her owner.

Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King) and Bella (Amber) in Columbia Pictures’ A DOG’S WAY HOME.

A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human, Lucas, an aspiring med student and VA hospital volunteer. Bella touches the lives of many during her unwavering quest; from an orphaned mountain lion cub to a homeless veteran down on his luck, Bella brings joy and comfort to everyone she meets with her unique spirit and faith.

“We all have really deep needs for connection, belonging, purpose, safety, expression, and autonomy,” says Ashley Judd, who stars in the film.  “In the movie, Bella gets to have her family of choice, which we all have the gift of finding in this life.  We’ve got the families into which we are born, and we get to make a chosen family, and that’s what happens to Bella. When she gets separated from that family, she’s willing to go to extraordinary lengths to be home.  It’s an epic adventure.”

Bella (Shelby) in Columbia Pictures’ A DOG’S WAY HOME.

That adventure is based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, who, with his wife, Cathryn Michon, would adapt it into a screenplay.  “This story is about true love,” says Cameron.  “Here’s a dog that goes through so many adventures and trials, and it’s all about getting back to her person.  I think anybody who has had a dog will recognize the unconditional love these animals can give, and will find it in their heart to embrace that message.”

There’s nothing like the bond between dog and person, adds Michon.  “Bella loves many people, but she and her human have a soul bond, and that soul bond is the spiritual story and the heart of this film.”

(l to r) Terri (Ashley Judd), Bella (Shelby) and two Vets (Rolando Boyce and Annie Nelson) in Columbia Pictures’ A DOG’S WAY HOME.

The film also Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi and Bryce Dallas Howard as the voice of Bella.

In Philippine cinemas, February 6, A Dog’s Way Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #ADogsWayHome

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