Mindful Movie Night 13: The Champions

The next Mindful Movie Night is just around the corner! The Juice Truck and I are excited to feature The Champions, a documentary about dog stereotyping and how this species is so much more forgiving of ours than we could ever be of theirs.


“The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society of the United States to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs—about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals,” – championsdocumentary.com | Watch the trailer here

And we’re thrilled to have Zoe M. Peled, a regular volunteer at HugABull and SAINTS Rescue, join us to chat all things rescue dogs after the flick.

This one is especially close to my heart because of my sweet rescue dog, Effie, who’s inspired me to learn as much as possible on the topic. (Read her story here in Montecristo Magazine.) One number that’s stuck with me is 4,358 — that’s the number of dogs who were euthanized in Canada in 2014. With so many dogs available as rescues, there is no need to keep breeders and puppy mills in business. Even if you’re looking for a specific breed or a puppy, you’ll be able to find them through a rescue organization. This sometimes can take patience, but it will be worth it. Petfinder.com pulls in information on adoptable dogs from all the rescue groups in your area — such a great resource.


We’re so excited for the boys of Chickpea Food Truck to join us with samples of their falafel! They hit the Vancouver streets just a few months ago but are already drawing line-ups with their delicious vegetarian comfort food. Find them at their regular location on Cordova (between Burrard and Hornby). Juice Truck and I will bring the cold-pressed juice and popcorn, as usual.


Price: $10 (100% of sales will be donated to HugABull, a registered non-profit organization and a community of pit bull owners, advocates and enthusiasts, whose mission is to rescue dogs, provide public education, and build a community of responsible pit bull owners and supporters).

How to reserve your spot(s): email me (erin at itstodiefor dot ca) to let me know how many seats you’d like. Tickets have been selling out within 24 hours, so message early if you’d like to join.


What: Mindful Movie Night featuring ‘The Champions’
Where: Stretch Yoga Studio & Event Space, 180 E Pender (2nd floor, above the Vancity Bank)
When: Monday, July 18th | Doors open 6:40pm, Movie begins at 7pm (ends around 9pm).

Big love to Stretch Yoga for donating their beautiful yoga and event space for Mindful Movie Night!

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