Taking a Dog to the Drive-in Theater


How could we not take Mr. N to see “The Secret Life of Pets”? We made a special trip to the drive-in so he could see a double feature of “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Ghostbusters” with us.  It was my first time going to a drive-in and Mr. N has never been to see a movie either (despite going to numerous plays, concerts, and readings).

It turned out to be a much more tasking trip than I had anticipated and I was very proud of the way Mr. N handled it. From start to finish, we were gone for nine hours between traveling to and from the theater, waiting in line and watching the double feature.

The lines were especially long that day due to an employee shortage and movie popularity, according to the theater. When we got there, we saw a steady stream of cars waiting that stretched onward for several more blocks. We were worried if we were going to make it in or not. The theater had about 300 spaces but the line of cars was endless. We got in line about 6:45pm and we entered the theater around 8. We narrowly made it in as the cars behind us were being turned away.

Mr. N was a good ambassador for Yorkies and small dogs that night. All the training we had been doing regarding ignoring distractions and settling and having good public manners really came together. People so often expect small dogs to be yappy and ill-mannered. Several people told me that they didn’t bring their small dogs because they would be barking and were impressed with how Mr. N conducted himself.

We did a quick walk around the grounds before the movie started and during intermission but for the most part, we were in the car. During the walk, he ignored all the children running around yelling and the other dogs that were there (including the barking ones).

He slept perched on the window ledge for the entirety of The Secret Life of Pets. For the record, Mr. N is totally a Max with a little bit of Snowball thrown in.

When Ghostbusters came on, he moved to the backseat and continued to nap there. It was a long and boring night for him but he handled it very well. 
I love bringing him everywhere I can and I am conscious that it is a privilege that is extended contingent upon good dog manners so we train to make sure we can keep enjoying that privilege. And I hope that seeing good dogs in public will silence the naysayers who like to complain that people bring their dogs unnecessarily everywhere. 




36 Responses

  1. Janet Keefe

    August 1, 2016 7:28 pm

    Gosh, I haven't been to the drive-in in many years, but I have good memories of them. I can imagine it would be even more fun to have the company of a dog! It's impressive how well Mr. N behaved. Even though it might have been boring for him, it still had to be way better than being left at home alone. What a great idea to take him.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  2. Valerie

    August 3, 2016 8:06 am

    Oooh, I drive-in is SO much fun!! I want to do that too, but we don't have them here!! It's like in the movies!! Well done Mr N, you're a well behaved gentlemen!!

  3. Edie ThePug

    August 3, 2016 12:18 pm

    I haven't been to a drive-in in years! We have one drive-in left in the city that I know of. I'm not sure what Edie would do if I brought her, probably be more interested in the people than the movie – at least until animals came on the screen, then she starts to cry or bark at them!

  4. Juliet Chelton

    August 3, 2016 12:58 pm

    Well done Mr. N on been a total legend at the theatre. What a cultured dog you are getting to go to all those events in the past as well. You must teach my Elsie a thing or two about keeping quiet in public. She's a gorgeous noise box!

  5. Nichole Burke

    August 3, 2016 1:53 pm

    Oh I bet Penny would love to go to the drive in… she'd be on guard looking for everyone to pet her for awhile, but then she'd end up taking a snooze too!

  6. The Broke Dog

    August 3, 2016 6:36 pm

    I LOVE going to drive-ins! I miss doing it. There is one in my boyfriend's hometown that doubles as a flea market on Sunday morning and it is the BEST. All I need is a car and I'mm gladly start up again! 🙂 I'm so impressed with Mr. N's behavior — Henry would be barking for sure!

  7. Ruth Epstein

    August 4, 2016 12:51 am

    WOW Mr. N. you had a good sleep BOL, don't feel bad cos I sometimes fall asleep with Layla just watching TV. As for Drive In, oy vey am embaressed to say the last time I went to one was like umm errr in 1970 LOL

  8. Cathy Armato

    August 4, 2016 2:53 am

    You're so lucky to have a drive-in near you, I've never been to one. Congrats to Mr. N on his fine manners and excellent training!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  9. Beth

    August 10, 2016 4:41 pm

    I just discovered a drive-in near us, but I know Barley would be bored out of her mind in the car for two whole movies! She's perfectly fine when the car is moving, but she can't see the point of sitting in the car if it's not moving (but popcorn might help her enjoy it momentarily). I can't imagine Mr. N being a Snowball! Barley's a Max-Duke hybrid, but Soth is definitely a Snowball!


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