Showing posts with label PTSD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PTSD. Show all posts

Monday, July 6, 2015

Max the Movie - The Joy of Giving Back & a BIG Giveaway!!

"A hero is someone who always tells the truth regardless of the consequences." ~ Max the Movie
A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to a wonderful family movie called Max, about a precision trained Marine dog who bravely serves on the front lines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, Marine Kyle Wincott. But when military maneuvers go tragically wrong, Max's best friend and handler, Kyle is mortally wounded. Max is traumatized, becomes unable to continue serving and develops PTSD. The military sends Max to live with Kyle's family, and together they start the healing process. To learn more about this incredible movie, you'll have to read my original blog post. This movie is full of adventure. It contains threads of deep friendship, shows how we must all overcome our own challenges, whatever they may be, and shows what it truly means to be a hero. This family friendly movie will show you that there is more than one kind of hero.


Max the Movie highlights some very important topics such as how valuable our military people and military dogs are, how precious family is, and that both people and animals can suffer from PTSD. This movie brings out the patriot in everyone who sees it, and it made me want to do what I could to honor the brave men and women who have served in our military and who, as a result, deal with PTSD. I wanted to celebrate some of those fine men and women who served their country so honorably and unselfishly.
My friends at Warners Bros. wanted to help me, so they sent me a fantastic package of Max Movie items to show my appreciation for their service. I was so excited when everything arrived, I just had to inspect it all. There are Max movie T-Shirts of all sizes for both adults and children, really nice Max movie hats, Max Movie "dog tags" and some very important "duty" bags with their own bone shaped holder for walks that every dog should own.
And let's not forget the most important gift that Warner Bros. sent us to give them...Max the Movie tickets to go see the movie! That's right! What better way to celebrate military dogs, our service men and women and to highlight PTSD than with a wonderful movie like Max??
Mommy and I are sending a BIG care package to a military K9 PTSD service dog group just to say "thank you" for all they've done. It will allow several of our service men and women (and hopefully their PTSD service dogs!) to see the movie, get some cool gear and feel appreciated. We're still setting up all the details, but I promise to announce the final name of the place on my Facebook page and here on my blog in the next 24 hours. So keep checking back. I'll do a special story on them too!

JULY 7, 2015 UPDATE:

Mommy and I are thrilled to announce the recipient of the Pixel Blue Eyes "Max Movie Giving Back" Gift Package....K9s for Warriors!!! This fantastic organization provides and trains service dogs for American Warriors with PTSD & traumatic brain injuries. And 95% of their canines come from rescue shelters! To learn more about K9s for Warriors and what they are doing right now in helping our military warriors, visit them on FacebookTwitter, or follow them on Instagram.


Now, don't think that I'd leave all my friends and fans out of the fun.
Warner Bros. made sure to send enough stuff to have a giveaway on my blog too!!
 Listen friends, Max the Movie is AMAZING!!! It's received RAVE REVIEWS and it's a must see for the whole family!! And now, I'd like to send a few of you to go and SEE THE MOVIE FOR FREE!!!

Here's what I'm giving away:

2 Winners - 
Max the Movie Backpacks
filled with goodies for two lucky winners! Each backpack will contain:
- 2 Tickets to see Max the Movie
- 2 Max T-Shirts (I have LOTS of children's sizes)
- 1 Max Hat
- Max Dog Tags
- 1 Max Bone-Shaped "Duty Bag" Waste Dispenser Clip-On Kit
2 Winners - Movie Tickets with T-Shirt Packet
- 2 Tickets to see the Movie
- 1 Max T-Shirt  (I have LOTS of children's sizes)
- Max Dog Tags
- 1 Max Bone-Shaped "Duty Bag" Waste Dispenser Clip-On Kit


To enter, fill out the information in the rafflecopter below. There are several chances for you to enter to win. Each section you fill out adds more chances for you to WIN! For example, I ask in one option that you sign up for my blog via email. If you sign up and let me know you've done so (I'll be able to verify) that gives you more chances to win. So make sure to follow instructions and enter ALL information it asks for, okay?
The MOVIE TICKETS ARE ONLY GOOD UNTIL JULY 16th, so once this closes, I will be high tailing it to send the winners their prizes so they can go see the movie by this weekend. Or definitely before the movie tickets expire. So, please enter ALL information. If a winner is chosen, but no contact information is provided, please understand that I will have skip that person and move to chose the next winner.
Hurry, hurry, hurry friends, enter now! Fill out all the information, and don't forget to leave me a comment. Have you seen the movie? Do you know any military working dogs? Are you excited about the giveaway? I'd love to hear anything you wish to share!
This is not a sponsored post and I am NOT being compensated for this giveaway or blog post. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Joy of a Great Movie: Pixel Introduces "Max the Movie" - Best Friend. Hero. Marine.

There is nothing quite like a good story about a true hero overcoming adversity through the power of love, friendship and determination. If that story has a dog as the main character? Well, I'm hooked! Max the Movie is a very special movie coming out on June 26th that tells a story quite unlike any other dog story you've seen. It's incredibly moving, adventurous and gripping, and beautifully portrayed. Let me tell you more about it...

Max the Movie follows the journey of Max, a precision-trained military working dog (MWD), who serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. They have a very special bond. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.

            Over 3,000 Dogs have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Max was so bonded to Kyle, that he won't work with anyone else. Traumatized by the loss of his best friend and suffering from PTSD, Max is unable to remain in service.
I can only imagine how horrible it must have been for Max to suddenly be alone without his beloved human by his side anymore. Military working dogs and their handlers literally spend every waking and sleeping moment together in Afghanistan.
Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father’s expectations for him; he isn't interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of a tough-talking young teen named Carmen, who has a special way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion. There are so many incredible scenes in this movie that will make you smile, make you cry and warm your heart like nothing else. This is a chance to really understand what it's like for our brave military working dogs, their brave military soldier handlers and their families.
Watch the official movie preview for Max the Movie to see the exciting adventure that awaits you...

26 Dogs and 25 Handlers have given their lives 
in service to our country since 2003. 

Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race against time to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement—and danger—than they bargained for. But they each might also find an unlikely new best friend…in each other.  “Max” stars Josh Wiggins (“Hellion”) as Justin Wincott, Lauren Graham (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” TV’s “Parenthood”) as his mom, Pamela, and Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways”) as his dad, Ray.
Yakin directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with Sheldon Lettich (“Legionnaire”). Karen Rosenfelt (“Marley & Me,” the “Twilight” series) and Ken Blancato (“The Book Thief”) served as producers, with Ben Ormand and Yakin executive producing.
Yakin’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Stefan Czapsky (“Safe”), production designer Kalina Ivanov (“The Vow,” “Little Miss Sunshine”), editor Bill Pankow (“The Untouchables,” “Let’s Be Cops”) and costume designer Ellen Lutter (“Grown Ups,” “50 First Dates). The music is by Trevor Rabin (“Grudge Match,” “Remember the Titans”).
This is a wonderful featurette about the movie and how they made it, and how important the soldier dogs are in the military. Dogs just like Max are heroes and they do heroic things for our military every day! You've got to see this!

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present, a Sunswept Entertainment production, a Boaz Yakin movie, “Max.” The film opens nationwide on June 26, 2015, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
PARENTS: “Max” has been RATED PG by the MPAA for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements.
I can't wait to see this movie friends. It has special significance to me because my doggie sister Dixie Mae is a PTSD service dog to my Grammy who is a veteran. My Grampy is a retired veteran too, so we are very proud of our military, and understand the effects that PTSD can have on people and animals. Dixie Mae also suffers from PTSD of her own from being shot and abused as a mill dog, so we help her through those difficult times as well. That's what you do for family, just like in this movie.
Here is the official music video of the movie's song "Forever Young" by Blake Shelton. It is SO beautiful and will definitely make you cry. So grab some tissues, hug your dog and watch this moving #MaxtheMovie video:

Is your pet your hero? Share your photos and stories using the hashtags #HeroPet and #MaxMovie on social for a chance to be featured on the official MAX pages!
Follow MAX on Facebook at #/MaxMovie and on Instagram @MaxMovie. #MaxMovie
Don't miss an opportunity to see this amazing movie friends!
It will warm your heart and be a joy for the entire family.