You might want to make sure you have a handkerchief handy before sitting down to watch the PBS documentary Through a Dog’s Eyes.
Emmy Award winner Naomi Boak gives the viewer an inside and deeply personal look at the day-to-day lives of four families struggling with disabilities as they look for a bit of hope in the form of a service dog.
“Through a Dog’s Eyes illustrates the importance of the human-canine bond and how, when fostered, that bond can grow into a beautiful, life-changing relationship,” said Boak.
The film follows four people in need of lifelong help and support: Bryson, a veteran of Iraq who was paralyzed in a car accident after he returned home; Aiden, a 6-year-old boy with a zest for life despite his cerebral palsy along with Destiny, who is suffering from constant low-level seizures, and twins Chase and Connor, who are dealing with a form of palsy known as spastic diplegia. They find their forever canine companions with the help of Jennifer Arnold, founder of service dog organization Canine Assistants.
Sponsored by Milk-Bone and narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, star of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother and a dog lover as well, Through a Dog’s Eyes airs April 21st on PBS. This documentary has been described as “heart-warming,” “inspiring,” and one that will “change the way people think about their own dogs. –Brendan Quealy