Much Ado About Blue
Space For Dogs
It Takes a Village Dog
Back in 2018, Netflix released an emotionally stirring documentary series honing on on man’s best friend called Dogs. This show reinforced just why canines are so revered and loved the world over, delivering six excellent chapters of heartwarming – and heart wrenching – tales.
Back for a second season, Dogs condenses its run-time to four episodes rather than six but never loses sight of its main focus. The chapters here largely follow the same formula, with fly on the wall footage and face to face interviews mixed with a larger storyline about the bond between human and canine.
The firs chapter in particular looks at Butler University’s beloved basketball mascot – an aging Bulldog called Trip. As he grows closer to the end of his tenure, he faces retirement while his handler ends up needing surgery. There’s a particularly emotional moment here when the pair are reunited, setting the bar for the rest of the chapters to follow.
“Space For Dogs” hones in on a former astronaut who heads out on an emotional road trip to honour his friends; the deceased crew of space shuttle Colombia. Accompanied by his ridgebacks, this episode is one of the best of the season too, really tugging at the heartstrings.
“It Takes A Village Dog” feels quite similar to last season’s chapter about Zeus but it’s no less effective here, following a returning American veteran who gets a stray puppy from Iraq back to the US.
The final episode is called “The Protectors” and looks at a Brazilian Priest’s undying determination to find homes for unwanted strays.
Each of the episodes are similar in their approach, with lots of interviews and a consistent pacing throughout. Much like before there are a coupled of contrived or superficial scenarios designed to heighten emotion, but it’s a minor gripe in what’s otherwise a very effective and involving docu-series.
Season 2 of Dogs is just as heartwarming and emotionally stirring as it was the first time around. Regardless of if you’re a dog person or not, Dogs is an animal lover’s treat and a must-watch documentary.
Verdict - 8/10