The 'Air Bud' Movie Franchise Is Making the Family Dog Inadequate

There's only one thing is cuter than a soft-as-a-cloud golden retriever puppy; a soft-as-a-cloud golden retriever puppy that talks. Advertisers have long known this, and the Air Bud movie franchise proves that if you put a talking puppy on screen, kids will watch.

My children have fallen in love with the furry stars. Unfortunately, they are now beginning to question the abilities of our own family dog. "Mommy, why can’t Tanner play a sport like football or basketball?" "Mommy, why doesn’t Tanner lead a sled dog team or go in space?" "Mommy, why can’t Tanner talk?"

Our poor dog can do nothing those little pups can do, and my children are showing their disappointment in his lack of abilities. Even I find myself wondering why Tanner can’t do the dishes when I’m running errands. Sadly, we’ve barely mastered "Sit!" so I keep my expectations low.

But those Air Bud dogs can do it all, especially the most amazing of their tricks: the ability to keep my children’s attention for more than 15 minutes. They may be making our pup look bad, but they give me enough time to shower and moisturize in the same day -- a feat almost as impressive as a talking dog!

Have your kids fallen in love with unrealistic movie characters?

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