On November 16, Netflix will be launching a new documentary series all about man’s best friend.
Dogs is a Netflix Original Documentary Series celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged best friends. The series tracks six incredible stories from across the globe including Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the US.
With episodes helmed by critically acclaimed directors including: Academy Award-nominated Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), Academy Award-winning Roger Ross Williams (Life Animated, Music by Prudence), Academy Award-nominated Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, One of Us), Emmy Award-winning Richard Hankin (The Jinx) and Academy Award-winners T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay (Undefeated), Dogs will explore the remarkable, perhaps even magical qualities that have given these animals a special place in our hearts.
The six-part series focuses on a different story each episode. Throughout the series we’ll get to know 11-year-old Corrine, whose life is changed when she meets seizure detection dog Rory; Ayham who fled war-torn Syria but cannot feel at peace until he is reunited with his best friend, a Siberian Husky named Zeus; and two of the world’s most renowned dog groomers as they fly to California to compete in the ultimate dog grooming competition.
Executive producer, Amy Berg, says, “I’ve heard it estimated that there are 900 million dogs in the world, and each of them has a story. If you grew up with dogs as I did, you know their value. They protect. They comfort. They make us laugh. They’re our companions. They ease our anxiety and disarm our defenses. At the end of a day, if you just got dumped or fired or your world is caving in on you, at least you know your four-legged friend will be there excitedly waiting by the door, when you get home. Every time, every day.
“Centuries of writing and decades of film and television have illustrated what dogs do FOR us. But I believe no series until now, has quite captured, globally, what dogs DO to us. Their purpose is to make us more human. They help us feel more deeply. They teach us profound lessons of loyalty, friendship and unconditional love. And yes, they remind us of the true joys of life like unabashedly running on the beach.
“So while this series is called Dogs, and you’re going to meet some amazing ones, it is as much about their owners, and how this relationship betters humanity.”
Executive producer Glen Zipper was an assistant county criminal prosecutor before a stray puppy called Anthony, who he later adopted, and the efforts of shelter staff inspired him to volunteer in pet adoption and become a film producer so that he could tell their stories.
Despite division in the world we live today, Glen says we should take care to realise how dogs can bring us together. He explains, “Our series Dogs was created in this spirit — to honour our dogs and to help us recognize that a love for dogs is something we all have in common. Understanding this, it is also our hope that sharing these stories might help us find more ways to love each other.
“After almost sixteen years Anthony’s tail still happily wags when he sees me, but his days are growing short. It is my greatest hope that the parts of him that inspired my contribution to Dogs will live on with those who watch the show as well. He is the greatest gift I have ever known, and I would undoubtedly still be a million miles away from my dreams without him. I can think of no better way to honour his life and the life he has given me than to share his spirit with the world through these stories.”
Watch Dogs on Netflix from November 16