Netflix's Dogs is a refreshing depiction of the human-pet relationship

The docuseries follows canines all over the world

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If long nights of bingeing true crime shows left you questioning your faith in humanity, you need Netflix's docuseries, Dogs.

With each episode having a different theme, the series—released in full last Friday—follows dogs and their owners in a unique way. Focusing on one dog and its human counterparts in various locations all over the world, the show highlights the purity and goodness of canines.

The first episode tells the story of two families’ journeys to adopt service dogs for their children with special needs. Corinne, for example, is a sixth-grader with epilepsy who adopts Rory—a medical alert dog who’s trained to notify others when Corinne has an epileptic episode. The episode also follows Meghan, a young girl with a spinal condition who has trouble balancing herself. Meghan’s family adopts Strax, a service dog who helps her with balance. 

For both girls, their dogs not only help them manage their disabilities, but quickly become their intimate companions and best friends. As Meghan’s mother put it, instead of her daughter being the girl with the disability, she’s the girl with the dog. 

The combination of cute kids, adorable dogs, and supportive families in the episode show both humans and dogs’ capacity to love and care for each other.

Other episodes in Dogs depict anything from a man rescuing his dog from Syria, a fisherman and his canine companion, a dog shelter in Costa Rica, and more. Each episode brings its own dog-related tale that will make you cry uncontrollably and start googling nearby dogs up for adoption. 

The docuseries highlights the relationship between humans and dogs, and will restore your faith that there’s good in the world. Dogs proves that even in the toughest situations, the forces of good and love can survive. 

In episode two’s heartwarming tale, refugee Ayham and his friends risk their lives to rescue his dog, Zeus, from war-torn Syria to reunite him with Ayham in Germany.

The series takes advantage of one of the only things everyone can agree on being wonderful: dogs. 

It uses dogs around the world as a way to connect people and highlight their similarities. By creating a series that features an American family, a Syrian refugee, an Italian fisherman, and Japanese dog groomers, Dogs shows humans and dogs’ love for each other is universal.

By creating a series that features an American family, a Syrian refugee, an Italian fisherman, and Japanese dog groomers, Dogs shows humans and dogs’ love for each other is universal.

Not only does the show’s subject matter make you want to cuddle the nearest living thing, but it’s also extremely visually appealing. The show is beautifully shot, with plenty of close ups of puppies that will leave all your aesthetic needs satisfied. 

If you’re looking for a show that will give you a cathartic cry and make you book the next train home to go cuddle your dog, this docuseries is the one.  

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