Pick of the Litter (2018)


“I keep hearing that every day is an adventure with your dog and I really look forward to that because I love the whole idea of exploration and going places I’ve never been before.” – Ronald Strother

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about how guide dogs for the blind are trained.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was quite curious to watch since I’ve enjoyed other films by its direction Dana Nachman in the past.

I have never been a fan of house pets and dogs are definitely not among my favorites, so I wasn’t sure how I would react to this kind of story.

The film goes in to such minute detail about the process of trying to find the best dogs to used as guides for the blind.

The process takes nearly a year and a half, but this film perseveres and gives us to key points in the process along the way.

The way that the story introduces the viewer the the different levels of people involved in the system and training of these animals is great because it allows the viewer to get a clearer understanding of how it all works.

The film has ups and downs with these animals since it is quite rare for an entire group to make it to the end of the program, while these that ‘fall’ along the way become wither pets for others or are used to breed even more dogs to be a part of the system.

Watching this film made me once again be in awe of the way that documentaries like this one are made because the crew need to work on it ‘on and off’ over the course of a very long time which must be so frustrating and painstaking until you reach a point where you have all that you need to make a film like this work so well.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The writer-director duo of the film developed a series based on the film with the same name for Disney+ which started streaming from December 20, 2019. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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