All dog owners fear the one thing: losing your furkid. But what if it were forcefully quarantined by a crazy mayor on an island following the outbreak of a treatable and non-fatal disease? Would you travel far and wide to retrieve your beloved pooch, just like Atari, the protagonist in Isle of Dogs?

Atari in Isle of Dogs. (Credit: IMDB)

Atari in Isle of Dogs. (Credit: IMDB)

In Wes Anderson’s latest stop-motion animated film, the mayor of Megasaki City banishes the entire dog species to Trash Island to await their fate. Will you be able to spot your dog immediately on an island of strays? Or will you end up like this father who picked up the wrong dog from the groomers?

Surely, you need to know your pup well enough to “sherlock” it home. Here are 10 telling questions which will hypothetically predict, without a doubt, how soon you will be reunited with Rover.

 

1. How well does your dog react when you call its name?

Does your dog come running at the very sound of your footsteps? (Credit: IMDB)

Does your dog come running at the very sound of your footsteps? (Credit: IMDB)

A. Never fails to disappoint, even when I call its name in my sleep.
B. The only time it responds is when it knows it’s meal time.
C. He stares at me contemptuously, like I’m an idiot.

 

2. What do you do when your dog gets into a fight with another dog?

When your dog hears your command. (Credit: IMDB)

A. Shout a command and my dog will stop.
B. Quickly pull my dog away and distract it with a toy.
C. Never intervene when dogs are fighting, didn’t you know that?

 

3. How will you best describe your dog?

Is the doggy carrier a test of your dog's true mettle? (Credit: IMDB)

Is the doggy carrier a test of your dog’s true mettle? (Credit: IMDB)

A. My knight in shining armour. He sticks up for me every time.
B. Scooby Dooby Dooo! Chicken-hearted but entertaining.
C. He gets mistaken for a cat sometimes, even by me.

 

4. What kind of food will your dog look for when it dumpster dives?

Foraging for food in a dumpster is essential to survival on Trash Island. (Credit: IMDB)

Foraging for food in a dumpster is essential to survival on Trash Island. (Credit: IMDB)

A. Meat, or more specifically, processed stuff it’s not allowed at home, like sausages, bacon, and bak kwa (candied barbecued pork).
B. It’s not picky. I think he would even eat rice.
C. My dog? Dumpster? Not happening.

 

5. My dog behaves like this around other dogs.

Does your dog come running at the very sound of your footsteps? (Credit: IMDB)

Who’s the boss, you or your dog? (Credit: IMDB)

A. It’s a show-off. The Iron Man of the Avengers.
B. It likes to copy what others are doing. I think.
C. I don’t know; I’m too busy to walk my dog.

 

6. How does your dog react when you come home from work/school?

Your dog finds you, not the other way round. (Credit: IMDB)

Your dog finds you, not the other way round. (Credit: IMDB)

A. It knows what time I usually get home and starts anticipating my arrival even before I’m within sight. When it hears me walking towards my door, it’s already scrabbling at the knob and barking in welcome.
B. I have to call its name to let it know I still exist.
C. What reaction?

 

7. If I were blindfolded, I can tell my dog apart from other dogs by:

Your dog finds you, not the other way round. (Credit: IMDB)

Can you pick your dog out from a field of dogs? (Credit: IMDB)

A. Its bark, a distinctive melody that only I know; and the fact that it will nuzzle my hand and wait for me to scratch its ears.
B. By its smell. Even my neighbours say that they know when my dog has been in the lift.
C. By its microchip. But I need a scanner for that, right?

 

8. How well do you know your dog’s poop?

Your dog finds you, not the other way round. (Credit: IMDB)

Can you tell your dog from its poop? (Credit: IMDB)

A. Size, shape, smell, texture, colour – I can tell if it needs to visit the vet just by looking at his poop.
B. P.U. I dispose of it as fast as I can and I’ve never even looked at it before.
C. My domestic helper is the one in charge – ask her.

 

9. Meal timeeee! My pup:

Dog treats. (Credit: IMDB)

A. Sits at its spot outside the kitchen for me and waits for its specially-prepared meal of raw protein topped with powdered probiotics. If it’s not feeling well, I go to it and feed it by hand.
B. It eats whatever we give it out of a can, thank goodness.
C. I don’t understand why it isn’t excited to eat the kibble we got for it at the petrol kiosk.

 

10. When you let your dog off its leash at the park, this is the likely situation:

Atari hugging Chief. (Credit: IMDB)

A. It is at heel all the time unless we are in the dog run. A whistle and it knows its play time is up.
B. I would have to dangle treats before it will let me reattach its leash again.
C. Are you kidding? I would only unhook my dog from its leash if I didn’t want it to come home with me.

 

Scoring

Mostly As: Your dog is truly your best friend. It lives for you. There’s no doubt you’ll find your buddy in no time.

Mostly Bs: Do you really love your dog? Put in more effort into understanding your pup.

Mostly Cs: Are you sure you’re the owner? Or is it whoever you’ve delegated its caregiving duties to? You are your pet’s whole life – don’t let it down.

 

Isle Of Dogs movie poster. (Credit: Impawards)

 

Even if you don’t own a dog, it’s not hard to fall in love with Isle Of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s second stop-motion film since Fantastic Mr Fox (2009). It follows the story of Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin), a 12-year-old boy who sets off alone in a mini jet in search of his bodyguard dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber) in Trash Island. The film cast includes four Oscar winners including Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand, and seven Oscar nominees such as Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston and Greta Gerwig. A film with dogs, a talented voice cast and some Wes Anderson magic? Count us in!

 

Will Atari find his dog in Trash Island? Watch Isle Of Dogs to find out!

 

Sources: IMDBimpawards