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Lynn Redgrave
'My Dog Tulip' explores a canine-human connection
'My Dog Tulip' explores a canine-human connection

The new animated film "My Dog Tulip," based on British writer J.R. Ackerley's 1956 memoir by the same name, seems like a loving homage to the bond between man and dog. So it's surprising to hear filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger say they hope their movie punctures the illusions of any would-be dog owners who might misunderstand the power dynamics in canine relationships. "Too many people get dogs because they want someone to love them," says Paul Fierlinger, his voice taking on the flinty tone of a reformer's. "They feel too many people control them, and they don't have anyone to control. They think the dog will give them unconditional...