Cinematic canines

Our model mutts preview some of the films of fall.

Summer movies had a lot to bark about, but the fall film season has the big dog: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” That anticipation gave us a reason to put together two of our favorite things — dogs and movies — for this sneak peek at some of the films we’re looking forward to seeing in the next few months. Enjoy our canine preview ahead of our fall movie guide, which will be published Friday in Austin360.

'There's a Tail in my Beer'

“Alone and forsaken by fate and by man.” A young pup lived those Hank Williams lyrics before his night wanderings brought him to the back door of Austin TV station KXAN. Meteorologist Jim Spencer saw the light — and the cute dog under the dirt — and soon the newly christened Kaxan was being trained by Edward Flores of Mud Puppies not to run into traffic and how to sit. But Kaxan had more smarts — and star quality — and now he’s in national commercials and has his own CityDog Austin Facebook page. Here he channels his emo past to embody “I Saw The Light,” the Hank Williams biopic starring Tom Hiddleston.

“Alone and forsaken by fate and by man.” A young pup lived those Hank Williams lyrics before his night wanderings brought him to the back door of Austin TV station KXAN. Meteorologist Jim Spencer saw the light — and the cute dog under the dirt — and soon the newly christened Kaxan was being trained by Edward Flores of Mud Puppies not to run into traffic and how to sit. But Kaxan had more smarts — and star quality — and now he’s in national commercials and has his own CityDog Austin Facebook page. Here he channels his emo past to embody “I Saw The Light,” the Hank Williams biopic starring Tom Hiddleston.

‘Take Me to Your Pack Leader’

In “The Martian,” Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars. The struggle to survive on a hostile planet might not be as hard if he had a canine companion like Rosie Walker Texas Ranger, a 4-year-old rat terrier-and-Chihuahua mix. She was adopted from Austin Pets Alive last year by her adoring No. 1 fan, local photographer Erika Rich.

In “The Martian,” Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars. The struggle to survive on a hostile planet might not be as hard if he had a canine companion like Rosie Walker Texas Ranger, a 4-year-old rat terrier-and-Chihuahua mix. She was adopted from Austin Pets Alive last year by her adoring No. 1 fan, local photographer Erika Rich.

'License to Heel'

Much like James Bond, Kaxan has gone from the streets to high society, all in his own custom-made tux. Daniel Craig returns this year in “Spectre,” his fourth turn as Bond (although most like to forget “Quantum of Solace”). Kaxan’s Bond girls include packmates Gwen and Miley, named for two favorite pop stars.

Much like James Bond, Kaxan has gone from the streets to high society, all in his own custom-made tux. Daniel Craig returns this year in “Spectre,” his fourth turn as Bond (although most like to forget “Quantum of Solace”). Kaxan’s Bond girls include packmates Gwen and Miley, named for two favorite pop stars.

'Jurassic Bark'

We call dogs “man’s best friend,” but in Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” it’s an Apatosaurus who befriends a human. With Kita, a 6-year-old Australian cattle dog mix, you get the best of both worlds. She lives in modern times with Joe and Kim Harrington, who both work at Austin360 HQ.

We call dogs “man’s best friend,” but in Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” it’s an Apatosaurus who befriends a human. With Kita, a 6-year-old Australian cattle dog mix, you get the best of both worlds. She lives in modern times with Joe and Kim Harrington, who both work at Austin360 HQ.

'The Barking Dead'

Our hunger for all things zombies just won’t die, so the fall movie season wouldn’t be complete without another take on the walking dead — “Scouts’ Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.” Tilly, a 9-month-old blue heeler mix, knows a thing or two about the insatiable need to chew on something, and she could probably herd those zombies away from any Scout troop.

Our hunger for all things zombies just won’t die, so the fall movie season wouldn’t be complete without another take on the walking dead — “Scouts’ Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.” Tilly, a 9-month-old blue heeler mix, knows a thing or two about the insatiable need to chew on something, and she could probably herd those zombies away from any Scout troop.

'Paw Wars: Attack of the Bones'

For a big movie like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” you need a big pack of dogs. The pups of Circus Chickendog — from left, Skeeter, Mouse, Squirrel Girl, Moose, Jingles and Coyote — are all rescue dogs, trained by Darren Peterson to entertain fans of all ages. Even these performing pros had to channel a bit of the Force to all pose at the same time in our classic “Star Wars” costumes, but luckily Peterson is more Yoda than Darth Vader. His pooches enjoy putting on a show — even poor Moose, who gamely modeled our “Death Star” cone.

Doggone it, we love movies

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of our famous furballs below:

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Is your dog a star?

Or at least willing to sit for a photo while wearing a costume? Whether you’re inspired by our movie package or in prep for Halloween, share your dog photos on social media with the hashtag #atxmoviedogs, or email to readerphotos@statesman.com. We’ll use them in an online photo gallery, and a few might be published in print, too.