Human beings don’t have a monopoly on culture. Just because we’re supposedly sentient does not mean we are the only creatures on Earth that could appreciate beauty and creativity. It turned out dogs know how to enjoy the fine arts, too.

Ontario, Canada held the Stratford Festival last August. The celebrations included an exclusive screening of the award-winning movie Billy Elliot. The audience for the event was a pack of service dogs.

After the movie had concluded, Stratford Festival’s official photographer captured snapshots of the well-behaved dogs in the theater. The pooches were in their best behavior, in keeping with the formal affair they were privileged enough to have been invited to. The photographs were posted in the festival’s official Twitter page and quickly gained traction.

Netizens were in awe of the photos’ cuteness. Most of them could not believe that a pack of dogs could actually stay still and quiet for a movie screening.

Perhaps the dogs understood the movie, hence their reverent mood. In case you have not seen Billy Elliot, the movie revolves around an underprivileged boy who dreamed of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Despite the odds stacked against him, Billy Elliot persevered to achieve his goal.

Maybe the dogs related to Billy Elliot. This can explain why they seem to have remained awe-struck even after the movie. They were service dogs in training after all.

Parallels could be made between Billy and the dogs. These dogs were en route to pursuing their mission of becoming service dogs, just like how Elliot pursued ballet. Their attendance in the event was actually part of their official training.

Laura Mackenzie, the dogs’ trainer from the K-P Country Inn Service Dogs shared that it’s crucial for these pups to learn to adapt to all kinds of social situations. Soon they would be assigned to all kinds of people with a wide range of interests, such as watching movies. The dogs would have to keep up.

Thanks to Stratford Festival


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