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"I am I because my little dog knows me" - Gertrude Stein

In 2016, a study was quoted in Psychology Today that concluded that people who have a dog in their life are likely to bring "more energy and vitality to their romantic relationships." The study stated: "there's an old saying that observing how a potential partner interacts with their pets tells a lot about how they'll behave in a long-term relationship." If Gertrude, Charlie, Mabel, Sam, Brandy and the rest of the cinematic tail-waggers who costar in the ensemble romantic-comedy Dog Days could have their barks and woofs translated, their response might be a very scientific "No kidding!"

That unbreakable bond between people and their pets is the theme of the warm and witty Dog Days. As an eclectic group of characters deal with their careers, friendships, family dilemmas and dating adventures, their lives are reflected in - and intertwined with - the lives of their dogs. However, the pooch factor in Dog Days varies. For some characters, having a pet is a long-term commitment. For others, it's something new in their lives. For several more, they find life with a dog to be completely unexpected.

Through it all, director Ken Marino (How to Be a Latin Lover) and screenwriters Elissa Matsueda (The Miracle Season) and Erica Oyama (Children's Hospital, Burning Love) build a tapestry of connection - and it breeds love and warmth in entertaining ways. Producer Mickey Liddell (The Miracle Season, Jackie, The Zookeeper's Wife, I Can Only Imagine) says that for him and his company LD Entertainment, Dog Days is a great example of how people and their pets live parallel lives and how we all impact each other through this common bond. "What I want the audience to take away from the viewing experience of Dog Days is how dogs can change your life," says Liddell. "I've had dogs my entire life. They've changed my relationships, they change everything. I can kind of plot my life through the dogs that I've had, and I think most people who are dog lovers can do that, too."

Guiding the film and its terrific cast is Ken Marino, whose contributions to the comedy landscape began with his being a member of the influential comedy troupe The State in the 1990s and through Veronica Mars, Reaper, Children's Hospital and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Jumping to film, Marino has delighted audiences both onscreen and behind the scenes of Wet Hot American Summer (and its sequels Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later). "Ken is such a great director, and he brought in so many great comedians to Dog Days," says Liddell. "I think you could take the dogs out of the movie, and it would still be a hysterically funny comedy."

Says producer Pete Shilaimon (The Miracle Season, The Zookeeper's Wife, I Can Only Imagine), "It's the ultimate love story between people and their pets and has so many storylines that connect people together. People meet each other through their dogs, and you get to enter their world and what they're going through. I want people to walk away ultimately feeling that we all need each other - we need our pets, and we need the people in our lives."

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