Dog Years by Jeremy Storey | Script Revolution

Dog Years

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Bobby and his canine companion, Barley, go for one last walk, reminiscing about their eventful and emotional 100 dog years together.
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Bobby's life has been full of piques and troughs. Through it all, the one constant has been his furry, faithful companion, Barley. As they stroll down memory lane, in Barley's twilight years, Bobby recalls all of those pivotal moments of his life -- good and bad -- and how his best friend was always by his side to celebrate or commiserate.

Now, it's Bobby's turn to be the rock on which Barley must lean, as the aging dog bravely confronts the most challenging test either of them have endured.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Bluecat Screenplay Competition 2017 - Quarter Finalist
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Creative World Awards 2017 – Quarter Finalist
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American Gem Literary Festival - Quarter Finalist
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Screencraft Short Screenplay Contest 2017 – Quarter Finalist
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Zed Fest - 5th Place Short Screenplay Competition - http://zedfest.org/

World Series of Screenwriting 2016 - Finalist, short screenplay category – https://worldseriesofscreenwriting.com/awards/2017-official-finalists

Shore Scripts Annual Screenplay Contest 2017, Short Screenplay category – Quarter-Finalist - https://www.shorescripts.com/2017screenplaycontestwinners/

GOLD WINNER - 2017 Beverly Hills Screenwriting Contest, Short Screenplay Category <The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest | Screenplay Competition - 2017 Winners>

Oregon Short Film Festival - Official Selection and
Finalist
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2017 Bluecat Screenplay Contest, Reader Feedback: (HIGHLIGHTS)

"It’s always said that a man’s best friend is his dog, but in Bobby’s case, Barley is his kismet soulmate in canine form. Barley’s everything you could ask for in a best friend who doesn’t talk back. He’s encouraging, reliable, loyal, and lovable. Without a word, Barley allows Bobby the strength and motivation to accomplish things he truly wants.

When Bobby’s graphic novel is turned down by Mary, it truly feels like Bobby won’t pick it back up again. That’s the thing about rejection, at first it all feels hopeless, but, thankfully, Bobby’s present day success is evident. It’s surprising and appreciated that Bobby’s made something of himself, even with his former slacker ways.

Overall, it’s a heartwarming and bittersweet story about the effects of pets on their owners. The bond is ceaseless and executing the reminiscing journey of Barley and Bobby’s life together is a unique and effective way to explore their relationship throughout the years. Plus, allowing the audience in on Barley’s point of view is distinctive and just downright fascinating."

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Dog Years
Take a trip down memory lane. The paw-sibilities are endless.

Fun fact: Did you know 1 human year equals 7 dog years?

And we should measure things in dog years. Maybe then, we’d recognize every precious moment for what it is. Sure, “What-ifs” are important. But our “right nows”: even more.

Which is a lesson Barley – the nap loving pup – has been giving troubled owner Bobby for quite a while.  Now in the golden age of his furry life, Barley’s still the best buddy Bobby’s ever had.  And that’s a realization his human companion confirms, as they take a trip (and walk) down memory lane.

From the very first day they met, that trip’s been full of moments one shouldn’t forget. For instance:

  • That day in the cemetery Bobby drank whiskey near his mother’s grave.  And encountered a then-puppy Barley… yet another desperate stray.
     
  • That time Bobby met his human soul mate besides a lake – while Barley romped with her poodle nearby.
     
  • The numerous nights Bobby pursued his passion for writing, and faithful Barley snoozed at his feet (rather than pursuing a tennis ball instead.)
     
  • And that time Bobby almost saw his journey end in a horrific car crash – if it hadn’t been for Barley slipping out the destroyed back window and finding help.

Yep: for Bobby Barley’s been there, every step.  But now that journey’s nearing its end – because whether one walks on two feet or four, time eventually catches up to us all.

Have you ever shared Life with a dog?  If not, shame on you: go adopt one now, and don’t miss out!  But if you have:

We GUARANTEE the message of this short will rip at your heartstrings and tear ducts.  It’s real. It’s human. It’s everything that makes dog-life worthwhile.  Much like the classics Where the Red Fern Grows and Old Yeller, Dog Years will suck you in (and lick your face) from the start. Short, sweet, and chock full of sentiment, Dog Years is paws down the most endearing story of man’s best friend that you’ll read in some time.

It’s like taking a long walk with a furry BFF. Bring this tale to the screen, and audiences will remember it’s ending for years (both human and dog) to come.

 

 

Review by Karis Watie

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The Writer: Jeremy Storey

Jeremy Storey, originally hails from the United Kingdom, but now resides in Seattle, WA. He first discovered the joys of writing at school, penning short stories and collaborating on comic books with his friends. Coming from a writerly family, it was clearly in his DNA to tell stories. However, it wasn’t until he graduated University, that he started to dabble in film and stage.

Since then, he’s written feature length screenplays (The Immaculate Secret, Rewind, Pink Slip Party), as well as award-winning short screenplays (Cat & Mouse, Wishbone, Tower of Strength) and award-winning stage plays (Last Cup of Sorrow, Wolves at the Door). For Jeremy, writing is a form of catharsis... Go to bio

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