Story highlights Credo-19 is a viral video of a husky being released from the Pennsylvania shelter where it was trapped for six months without food and water.
The video spurred a campaign for city council to force its city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, an animal infectious that causes fever, muscle aches and sores.
I love a good viral video, and it’s certainly not uncommon for my son to take control over a few seconds of viral video once a week, but there’s one particular viral video involving dogs, rainbows and Netflix that has made me think twice about the innocence of that pursuit.
On Oct. 8, the latest Netflix original film “Bird Box” was released. While the lack of details about the plot may have been one of the biggest stumbling blocks for those of us without enough Netflix knowledge to make a general character observation, we surely have followed the story closely — just don’t expect the average Netflix subscriber to be a mastermind at punctuation.
Fans knew there was going to be a special effect put into the film starring Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, as she tries to pass the time by wearing blindfolds. In an attempt to get herself to stay comfortable and entertained while on an island in Southeast Asia, she put on a pair of standard 5-panel child-sized blindfolds. But the film is filled with references and subtle lessons that made us pause: Blindfolds can make you feel mysterious or alone.
When you’re traveling or having food poisoning, the sight of your reflection helps. Drinking out of a glass without blinking is good for hygiene. The boat accident provides the perfect opportunity to express yourself without having to sing along to a CD and sing along to music. No wonder this iconic scene made all three of us stop and stare.
But along with the spectacular trippy visuals and catchy soundtrack, this scene really had me and my son (and you) glued to the screen for the next few minutes. While we attempted to imagine what this scene would be like for the people watching at home, we paid close attention to the activities our bird took part in. We even compared the choices each of the dogs was making to the choice we’ve made every day to get better at eating properly, exercising regularly and staying healthy.
A new documentary called “Bird Box,” which is a documentary based on our Netflix movie viewing experience, has left me thinking more about a scene that has struck me on a very real and emotional level: The scene where a husky being released from a Pennsylvania shelter where it had been trapped for six months without food and water falls asleep after it’s been released. After all, who does that? After six months of no freedom at all, the dog would have literally no freedom! You have to love how the dogs’ shelter release coordinator used food as a tool to aid the dogs in their acceptance and to use just enough security in the release to ensure no aggressive tendencies.
At the end of “Bird Box,” the scene ends with a scene of the husky being released into the wilds of the country. I think it’s no coincidence that the husky is released into a nearby field.
That scene (and this one!) has started a series of social media campaigns to get Toronto city councilors to consider a motion that would force city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, an animal infectious that causes fever, muscle aches and sores. I think it’s a wonderful cause, especially for an organization like Toronto Animal Services that’s really seen a rise in non-vaccinated dogs in recent years.
While the vaccination rate can and should be higher in some places, such as New York City, the real issue we have to face is just how debilitating COVID-19 can be. The more we as a society don’t control our own health, the more we’ll have problems.
Here’s to hoping Toronto gets the required vaccinations and we might be able to find a good Netflix movie where we don’t have to see a certain scene again.
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