Dogs embody so many of the qualities we as humans admire on the deepest level, loyalty, bravery and kindness.
Time and time again, these beautiful creatures channel their profound emotional intelligence into some of the most important roles on Earth: rescuer, therapist, best friend.
My own dog has nuzzled up beside me during many a heartbreak or disappointment, while encouraging me to get out in nature on mornings when I would have otherwise hidden from the world.
It’s no exaggeration to say dogs can change – and in some cases, save lives. Therefore, a documentary series delving into their stories will no doubt resonate with dog lovers worldwide.
Dogs is a new documentary series going walkies on Netflix from today, telling six emotionally charged stories across six episodes.
Seriously, I just teared up watching the trailer. God only knows how I’m going to handle the full series tonight.
The first episode will follow the story of 11-year-old Corinne who suffers from seizures, and her bond with Rory – a dog who’s been specially trained to detect oncoming seizures.
According to a press release from Netflix:
This episode highlights the depths of a closely formed friendship between a child and their dog, the unbreakable trust they have in each other and the incredible power of a dog’s ability to assist humans in health and wellness.
The second episode follows one man’s journey to rescue his dog, Zeus, from war-torn Syria, while the third episode looks at the friendship between an Italian fisherman and his dog, Ice.
Developed by Glen Zipper and Amy Berg, each episode has been directed by a renowned documentarian. This includes Heidi Ewing (One of Us) and Richard Hankin (The Jinx).
The series features stories from all over the world, from rescue dogs in Costa Rica, to the world of competitive dog groomers in Japan and California.
Berg told Variety:
In times of division, volatility and confusion ‘Dogs’ is an emotional palate cleanse. Watching the show offers a salve for the spirit and reminds us of the redemptive power of love.
"Dogs" Launches Globally on Netflix November 16. "An elegant, engaging and cinematic verite documentary series celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged best friends." @netflix pic.twitter.com/0UQKvSHmzj
— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) October 29, 2018
I must say, I’m thoroughly looking forward to crying my little heart out at this series.
Dogs will be premiered globally on Netflix, from November 16.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.