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I Want a Dog

2003 10 min
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In this animated short by Sheldon Cohen, young May wants a dog more than anything else in the world. She thinks about dogs all the time; she talks about them, reads about them and covers the walls of her bedroom with dog pictures. But every time she asks her parents for a puppy, they tell her to wait till she's older. But sticking to her motto of "If at first you don’t succeed, try again," May comes up with an ingenious idea to change her parents' minds. Based on the book by Dayal Kaur Khalsa.

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In this animated short by Sheldon Cohen, young May wants a dog more than anything else in the world. She thinks about dogs all the time; she talks about them, reads about them and covers the walls of her bedroom with dog pictures. But every time she asks her parents for a puppy, they tell her to wait till she's older. But sticking to her motto of "If at first you don’t succeed, try again," May comes up with an ingenious idea to change her parents' minds. Based on the book by Dayal Kaur Khalsa.
  • direction
    Sheldon Cohen
  • narration
    Marnie McPhail
  • vocals
    Neko Case
  • original music
    Zander Ary
  • guitar
    Zander Ary
  • programming
    Zander Ary
  • backup vocals
    Zander Ary
  • animation
    Sheldon Cohen
    Jo Meuris
  • additional animation
    Derek Douglas
    Jean-Michel Labrosse
    Michael Kwant
    Daniela Strijleva
  • background re-creation artist
    Jon Gasco
  • layout assistant
    Leslie Bank
  • digital imaging
    Jon Gasco
  • digital camera
    Jon Gasco
  • infography assistance
    Michel Provençal
    Itsik Romano
  • digital imaging consultation
    Susan Gourley
    Normand Gauthier
  • editing
    Sheldon Cohen
  • technical assistance
    Phyllis Lewis
    Jo Meuris
    Michel Pelland
  • editing assistant
    Phyllis Lewis
    Jo Meuris
    Michel Pelland
  • sound effects
    Normand Roger
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • foley
    Normand Roger
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • production coordination
    Richard Lesage
    Andrée Lachapelle
  • program administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Elaine Largie
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Marcy Page

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Education

Ages 6 to 13
Study Guide
In an oral discussion with Kindergarten children, ask how they would convince their parents to let them have a dog. If they already have one, then they should respond about something else they desire. Grades 1–3 can also answer the same question in a journal. Ask students to respond to the following question: Could May have used something besides a roller-skate to show how well she could take care of a pet?

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