A Dog’s Purpose – in theaters January 27, 2017 (giveaway ends 1/20/17)



Coming to theaters across the country on January 27, 2017 is the film A Dog’s Purpose.

The film stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, with Dennis Quaid and features Josh Gad voice as the dogs featured in the story.

I have a copy of the book. It’s the next book I’ll be reading as soon as I have a chance.

If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you might have seen the photo of my book.


Here is a brief synopsis of the film.

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.

A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls).  The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.

Check out the film’s trailer.


This film looks REALLY good. As an animal lover I want to see this film, but at the same time I think it might be sad. I’ll need to bring a box of tissues (or two) when I go and see it at our local theater.

I grew up with dogs. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a dog.

My first dog was named Dutchess. She was a beautiful collie mix. You can see her laying in the background in the photo below (that is me as a little girl). I wish I had a better photo of her.


The dog we have now is named Espn. He’s a Rat Terrier/Maltese mix (or so we were told by the shelter where we adopted him from). We jokingly refer to him as the “hairy rat dog.” LOL!

Espn (pronounced Es-pin) has long hair, but we get him groomed every other month to keep his fur trimmed. We prefer him with trimmed hair.


Espn un-groomed


Espn groomed

Sadly, Espn has a fatal liver disease called Hepatocutaneous Syndrome. There is no cure for it. We can extend his life with expensive infusions, but we can’t afford them (nor do we have the physical time to take him to a specialist far away 2-3 times per weed). So we’ve just been doing our best to keep him as happy and healthy as possible. He’s actually lasted longer than the vet anticipated.

For this reason I think I’ll have a hard time watching A Dog’s Purpose – because I cannot imagine a life without Espn.

If you would like to learn more about the film by checking out it’s Official Website. You can also check out the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #ADogsPurpose.


You can even recreate the #ADogsPurpose movie poster using your dog. Your furry friend could even be featured in the film’s campaign! Get started now: http://unvrs.al/ADPPoster. Be sure to upload your dog’s poster to social media and use the hashtag #ADogsPurpose.


I also have a giveaway for a lucky reader, compliments of Universal Pictures. The prize package includes;

  • $25 Fandango gift code to see A Dog’s Purpose in theaters January 27
  • A Dog’s Purpose Calendar, Bandana, T-Shirt, Tennis Ball Launcher, and Frisbee

The prize package is shown above. NOT PICTURED are the calendar and ball launcher. BOTH will be included in the prize package along with the $25 Fandango gift card. 

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 20, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package and/or if you plan on seeing the film?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*I will receive the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The prizing and samples are compliments of Universal Pictures. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Maryann D. says:

    I would love to see this film. I have a few friends who read the book and they absolutely loved it. I would like to see this with my daughter.

  2. Sandra U. says:

    My kids and I are wanting to see this movie. Can’t wait to see it!

  3. Really like to see this movie but I’m afraid I will be crying the whole time. The previews make me tear up.

  4. shelly peterson says:

    I would love to win to go se this movie, it looks really good.

  5. I would like to win so I can see this movie. I think I would take my mom.

  6. I’d like to see it with my daughter because she loves dogs.

  7. Linda Kish says:

    Three of our dogs really like to play with balls. They could use some new ones. They are always bringing them to me to throw for them. I would love to see the movie.
    My dog is 15 1/2 (not one of the ball-playing ones). I know he has long passed his prime and I enjoy my time with him for as long as I can.

  8. I would love to see this movie with my kids, we love dogs.

  9. I don’t think I can handle this either, but I’d like to win the Fandango card because I do like going to the movies.

  10. Sheila K. says:

    I would like to win this prize package because I love going to the movies!

  11. I would like to win because I like watching movies. I am not sure yet if i will go to it or nto.

  12. Audrey Stewart says:

    I would love to win and gift this to my young kids. I will not see this movie because I am afraid the dog will die and I can’t handle that.

  13. I would like to see this movie. It looks touching.

  14. Melissa Storms says:

    Aww, ESPN is adorable, enjoy the time you have with him. We lost 2 dogs in an 8 month span, our chihuahua got out and got hit by a car and our 10 year old Aussie developed cancer and it took him quick. I think my son would like to see the movie but we should probably wait until it is on dvd, it was a really rough year.

  15. I would love to see this movie…although from the trailer, it looks like a bit of a tear jerker.

  16. This looks like such a cute movie! I liked the trailer and would watch this with my daughter.
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  17. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I’m an animal lover – for my entire life. I’m especially a dog (and cat) person, and have had dogs in my life since before I was old enough to remember. (The cats came into my life later, but I love having both dogs and cats in my life.) I’ve loved, and lost, some amazing dogs. The ads for this movie really hit home for me and I really would love to see it. I’d take my daughter with me.

  18. I have 4 rescued dogs. Like you, I don’t know if I could watch this movie without breaking down into a sobbing mess. Maybe later on video I will watch it.

  19. I would love to see this movie with my nephew because he loves animals. I watched the trailer and think it looks like such a cute movie.

  20. I am a big animal lover. I am sure watching this movie would bring on the water works, but think it’d be very heartwarming.

  21. I plan on seeing the film with my wife looks like a great movie

  22. Paol Trenny says:

    I am planning to take my kids to see this movie so winning this prize pack would be great.

  23. Marilyn Nawara says:

    I would love to win so I could use the Fandango gift card to see the movie. I’m a huge dog lover so this is a must see movie.

  24. I would love to win Fandango $ to see the movie. I’ll just have to bring tissues!

  25. elizabeth miller says:

    this movie looks so good. I would love to watche this ith my daughter when it is released. She loves animal stories and I love the ones with a purpose.

  26. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I’d win for my daughter and go see the movie with her.

  27. Charlene S. says:

    I would love to see this movie with my family. Looks like a great heart warming movie.

  28. Amy Deeter says:

    I can’t wait to see this film. It looks like a real good one

  29. Christie K says:

    I love my dog and this would be a great prize to win. I am planning on seeing this movie, I saw the preview at the theater and it looks awesome and heartfelt.

  30. I think the grandkids would love to see this movie with me

  31. I’m definitely going to take my boys to see the movie

  32. My kids really want to see this movie! I plan on making it a family night out!

  33. Ann Fantom says:

    I would like to win because I love dog movies. If I won, I would take my daughter to see A Dog’s Purpose

  34. yes, we plan on going with the family.

  35. I think this would be a great movie to see for any animal lover!

  36. Sarah Hayes says:

    id love to see them film. it looks great

  37. I’m not sure that I will watch this movie in the theater. I will definitely cry.

  38. Julie Cutshaw says:

    Hi Kimberly, sure hope you had a blessed Christmas and your new years is awesome too. This sounds like a great fun and inspiring movie to see in theaters. I’d love to go see it with our grandson. He just got a 6wk old puppy thats part cattle dog and silver haired German Shepard that he named Luna. She’s so sweet and loving and they have already made such a bond together. She will be an inside dog and will get big quick but she’s already thinking he’s her mom and dad lol. So I think this movie enjoyed with him will help him see just how responsible being a trusted pet owner can be. Thanks

  39. Daniel Scott says:

    My family will be watching this movie at home. My wife hates to cry in public and will need to be comforted.

  40. First of all, I’m so sorry that your dog is terminally ill. I’ve been in your position, and I know how difficult it is. Enjoy every minute you have left with your pretty Espn.

    I would love to win this prize package so I can spoil our two dogs, and I love that tee-shirt! As for whether I’ll see the movie, I’m not sure. I usually avoid movies that are too sad, and this one could be a heartbreaker.

  41. Brittney House says:

    I will be going to see this movie for sure with my niece.

  42. Danielle Day says:

    We would love to see this movie.

  43. Ellie Wright says:

    I plan on taking my two grandsons to see this.
    They’ve been seeing the previews and are really excited.

  44. elizabeth p says:

    Dogs are so amazing. Thanks for the chance.

  45. Holly Thomas says:

    I am looking forward to seeing this, I love the preview.

  46. Kelly Tupick says:

    I want to win this because this movie looks great! I can’t wait to see this. I am a big dog lover and is really moved by movies like this.

  47. Cynthia C says:

    I think any animal lover would enjoy seeing this film. I would like to treat my girlfriends.

  48. I would like to win this because I love my dogs! I have three absolutely wonderful dogs who are my whole world!

  49. Kimmy Ripley says:

    My mom and I both have rescue dogs and we love our pets dearly! We can not wait to go and see this movie together!

  50. I would love to win this, I can’t imagine my life without a dog in it. They bring me so much happiness.

  51. I’d love to see this movie! It looks so funny and cute, yet a tear-jerker as well 🙂
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  52. I think this sounds like a great movie and the prizes look like fun to win. Today is the first I have heard of the movie so I haven’t made plans to see it.

  53. We would love to see this movie.

  54. Donna Clifford says:

    I would like to win this prize because this movie looks adorable. Yes-definitely going to go see it. 🙂

  55. Christine Labelle says:

    I would love to see this movie. I grew up with dogs and now have two of my own.

  56. Yes, I plan on seeing this movie.

  57. Can not wait to see the film and take my wife to go see it. It looks great!

  58. Kim Keithline says:

    The film looks good I think I will see it

  59. I plan on seeing this film -so i would take my neighbors’ kids to this !

  60. heather s says:

    I love dogs and this movie looks like it will be very interesting. Can’t wait to see it

  61. Soha Molina says:

    I am not planning on seeing the movie.

  62. Thomas Gibson says:

    I plan on watching this movie with my daughter.

  63. veronica sandberg says:

    my dog would love the prizes and I would love the movie.

  64. I would love to win so that I could take my son!

  65. I would love to win because I love dogs and I am pretty sure this will be an awesome movie!

  66. Tabathia B says:

    Yes we are thinking of seeing this movie. I have seen this trailer for the movie several times and it looks really good.

  67. Mary Cloud says:

    I would like to see the film – I’ve heard a lot about it – I may wait until it’s on DVD though

  68. I am looking forward to this movie. It would be a great one to see with my Granddaughter.

  69. I would like to win because I really do, as the shirt says, LOVE MY DOG!!! I definitely will be seeing this movie!!

  70. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I love dogs and I think this will be a great family friendly touching movie.

  71. Crystal F says:

    My family would love to see the movie. My girls are in love with all dogs so I know they would enjoy the movie. Thank you!

  72. Susan Smith says:

    Yes I would like to take my children to see this movie.

  73. I will see this movie with my grandchildren.

  74. I’d like to win so I can take my kids to see the movie.

  75. Jennifer W says:

    I plan on seeing this movie as it looks like a cute movie.

  76. Julia Barnes says:

    I can’t wait to see this with my husband!

  77. MelissaandKeith Miller says:

    I would love to win because I love dogs. I want to watch this with my husband.

  78. beth shepherd says:

    I would love to win to be able to take my family to see this movie. It looks great. Thank you

  79. Cynthia R says:

    I would love to read and watch this movie. I love dogs, this movie looks so sweet!

  80. Angela Saver says:

    I am planning on seeing this movie with my hubby! Can’t wait! I would love to win this so we can see it soon!

  81. Steve Weber says:

    I would love to win so I can use the fandango to take my nieces and nephews to see this movie.

  82. I just heard of this particular movie, and I’m not sure if I want to see it yet, but I would like the Fandango tickets and I have some dog-loving friends who would love the swag!
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  83. I am currently reading the book and I can’t wait to see the film.

  84. Yes! I plan on seeing this with my family.
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  85. Sarah Hall says:

    I would love to see this movie and take my grandson with me. I love a good animal film.

  86. Yes, I would love to go see this. My daughter and I would both love to see this. Dogs are great and this looks like a great dog film.
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  87. Jillian Too says:

    I would love to see this movie. I love animals, especially dogs.

  88. we wanna see it always love animal movies

  89. I’d like to take my grandchildren to see this film. They can’t have a dog due to allergies but they can learn to love them in small ways like this.

  90. I read the book and enjoyed it so I want to see the movie.
    Thanks for the contest.

  91. I would like to win for 2 reasons. First, the dog toys would be good to have, especially the ball launcher, since fetching a ball is a favorite game for our dogs. Secondly the Fandango card–with the price of movie tickets, that would at least allow me to take my grandson to a movie in the theater rather than just on DVDs!

  92. We are huge dog lovers and are owned by 2 spoiled dogs so definitely will see this movie

  93. Carol Bryant says:

    I want to see it because I love dogs.

  94. I would like to win this package so I can watch this movie with my nephew. This movie looks like a movie that he would like. Thanks for the giveaway.

  95. I would love to win this prize because I would love to take my niece to see a movie!

  96. I will be seeing this movie the weekend it comes out, I can’t wait!

  97. Virginia Bradshaw says:

    I am looking forward to this movies. I love animals and love family movies.

  98. Michelle C says:

    I love animal movies and dogs are my favorite. I have a silly labradoodle named Coco. I will probably wait and see this movie at home because it will probably make me cry.

  99. I would like to see this movie because I love dogs

  100. I do want to see this movie even though I know I’m going to be in tears.

  101. I would love to win because this looks like a cute movie that I could enjoy with my whole family. We will probably wait to see it till it comes out on DVD because my 18 month old can’t handle theaters yet :(.

  102. Priscilla P. says:

    It looks like a beautiful movie. I have 5 adopted dogs. I love everything about dogs.

  103. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    My Molly is a 14 year old rat terrier and there is not a day that goes bye that I don’t thank God for bringing her into my life

  104. Trisha Burgess says:

    I absolutely plan on seeing this movie! It looks so good!

  105. I’d love to see this with my daughter.

  106. This movie looks really good. I want to take my kids to see it.

  107. Danielle Wood says:

    My kids (especially my daughter) really want to see this movie. I’m looking forward to taking them, they said they want to know our dogs purpose

  108. susan smoaks says:

    i always feel a strong connection to my pets and i can’t wait to see this movie, i like the concept.

  109. I’d love to see this movie, but maybe in a little bit – our sis-in-law’s dog is no longer with us, effective yesterday 🙁

  110. Terra Heck says:

    I’ve seen previews for the film and would love to watch it with my tweens. Looks like a good movie. Sorry to hear about your dog’s health. May God provide you both comfort and strength during these trials. Thanks.

  111. I can’t wait to see this movie! I love my dogs!

  112. Amy Stonger says:

    I want to win for my dogs. They are a huge member of our family. I am hoping to take my three kids to see the movie real soon.

  113. Tracy Shafer says:

    I want to win because we are all dog lovers and would love to see this movie.

  114. Janine Hwang says:

    Yes I’d like to see it ever since I saw the previews! It looks heartwarming and I love dogs

  115. kim hardy says:

    I want to win and take my grand kids to the Monsters movie

  116. Stephanie Larison says:

    Yes we are going to go see it as a family, it looks adorable!

  117. Kyl Neusch says:

    would love to win to go se this movie, it looks really good

  118. Shirley Hicks says:

    I may go see this movie, really not sure yet

  119. laurie murley says:

    I cant wait to see this movie, I love any good stores about animals. I also think this is a great prize package

  120. Janice Gabriel says:

    I definitely will see this film. I love animals, and I know how they comfort us and bring love and life into the room. I will give these items to two of my friends who are widowed, and whose little dogs are so purposeful to them at this time.

  121. Vikki Billings says:

    I would like to win for my grandkids, and would like to see the movie with them as well.

  122. I may go see this movie if my kids want to. Id love to win just to see a movie with them as a bonding evening!

  123. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I’d love to see thus film. The previews made me cry. I have an adopted chihuahua that loves his “mom” and is my shadow. I can’t imagine being without him

  124. Leslie Stanziani says:

    My 9 year old is begging to see this movie. He has a huge heart for all animals.

  125. Sarah Mayer says:

    I would love to win this prize pack because my son is begging me to take him to see this movie.

  126. Breanna Pollard says:


  127. i plan on reading the book and seeing the movie. i love to do book/movie comparisons with my friends and family. usually i’m the only one that reads the book, then we all watch the movie and i tell them how it differs. it’s fun.

  128. Dewayne Bradshaw says:

    I would love to win for my grandkids. I want to see this with them.

  129. aaron reck says:

    I want to watch with my nephew and niece. We laugh so much together and have a good time.

  130. My daughter wants to see this movie so we plan on going, she’s a big fan of dogs

  131. I do not plan to see the movie due to the chaos around it recently, but do love dogs!

  132. I would take my niece to see this.

  133. I would love to won this because my dogs have meant so much to me!

  134. We would like to win because our dog loves to fetch tennis balls…and then destroy them…same with a frisbee !