Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Dogs

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Dogs

Article excerpt

It didn't take more than the title to get me interested in Netflix's new documentary series, Dogs. But if you're expecting a full-length viral video of kids writhing around in a playpen full of adorable puppies, think again. Documentarians Glen Zipper and Amy Berg show shrewd restraint across the six episodes.

We barely see Rory, the goldendoodle service dog for Corrine, an epileptic young girl from Ohio, for the first 20 minutes of the first instalment, "The Kid with a Dog". Instead of focusing on the many adorable puppies learning how to be service dogs at charity 4 Paws for Ability, we get to know Corrine and her family as they wait for their dog, learning the specific challenges her epilepsy presents, and just how desperately she wants Rory in her life. In "Bravo, Zeus" we meet Berlin-based Syrian refugee Ayham, as he tries to get his Siberian husky, Zeus, transported from Damascus to be with him in Germany. …

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