Netflix Guide Dog Film Pick Of The Litter Rated 97 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes
Pick of the Litter is the heartwarming tale of the two year training programme that begins at birth for these pups and ends with them becoming a helping hand to a person in need.
What's not to love, right?
The film's official synopsis reads: "Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career.
"Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm.
"Along the way, the dogs meet a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human.
"The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter."
It's not all cute puppies doing cute stuff, mind. It's a tough life as a guide dog, so all of the pups must learn quick or not at all.
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Many dogs are deemed not up to the task.
This documentary film follows the exploits of the 'P' litter at California-based organisation Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Our puppy protagonists are called Phil, Potomac, Patriot, Primrose, and Poppet. That's why they're the 'P' litter, get it?
Only two thirds of the dogs will make it to the finish line and actually get a job. As mentioned before, it's tough.
However, don't worry for the ones who aren't quite up to it. They get to go and live with a loving family in a forever home.
Also, their families are presumably happy because - while not quite capable of being a guide dog - they are pretty well trained, nonetheless.
As well as telling the tale of how a dog becomes a helper dog, the film also covers how important those dogs who are already in service are through stories and anecdotes from those who depend on them.
It also highlights the demand for these incredible pooches. Guide Dogs for the Blind apparently receives as many as 1,100 applicants each year.
That means that they've got to be trained, trained well and trained fast.
Anyway, see for yourself. Pick of the Litter is on Netflix now.
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