The new Netflix original documentary series is a treat (pun intended) for everyone. You’d be silly to think it a mere compilation of cute, dopey dog clips.
Dogs is a six-part docu-series with each episode focusing on a different dog. The stories vary in both breed and people as the globe-trotting season takes us to the US, Japan, Costa Rica and across Europe. It is an hour of dog therapy that leaves you emotional and longing for the puppy ‘chill out’ sessions that LSE gives us during the exam season. (Yes, Freshers, that’s a thing!)
Focusing on a different owner and their dog, each episode takes an in-depth look at the impact their canine has had on their life. Whether a girl with epilepsy or a farmer, the show tells us how dogs have helped owners pursue their own passions or deal with trying times. It is a celebration of man’s (and woman’s) best friend and the compassion these dogs show through their unconditional loyalty.
For some viewers reading subtitles will deter binge watching (though not a problem with Narcos) but some episodes are a must-see. Episode 2, ‘Bravo Zeus’, follows the harrowing quest of a Syrian refugee in Berlin as he attempts to rescue his husky Zeus still trapped in war-torn Damascus. We are shown how all life is affected by the conflict and it seems that not even the bombing and bullets are the worst of Zeus’ worries, but that he could be snatched at any moment by a soldier, never to be seen again.
This show is a must-watch for everyone, even cat lovers (get ready to be converted). Dogs is the perfect feel-good remedy for the lows of university life. But be prepared for a deeply emotional journey.