Dogs – A Review of the New Docu-Series on Netflix

Here’s my take on Netflix's "Dogs" -- a docu-series celebrating the human-dog bond.

Dogs, a docu-series on Netflix, celebrates the ancient bond between dog and man through 6 different stories. Whether you are a dog lover or not, this one should not be missed. If you already have a dog, make sure you are armed with enough tissue boxes -- and if you don’t have a dog, get ready to field questions from the heart asking “why not!?”

“A dog will be your best friend no matter what. Even if your human friends aren’t.”

The series shares stories from across the globe, reiterating that the bond between dogs and their humans is priceless no matter where you come from.

“You may have many best friends but your dog only has one.”

The first three episodes cover personal stories.

Rory, a super obedient medical service dog, and Corrine, an eleven-year-old epileptic girl. Zeus, a Siberian Husky, and Ayham, a refugee in Berlin with the Syrian War as its canvas: a tale of separation and longing. 

And finally, a lovely Labrador, Ice, and his fisherman dad Alessandro, with Lake Como as a beautiful backdrop. The most endearing scene has to be Alessandro soaking cotton pads in chamomile tea to help Ice soothe his eyes! 

“If puppies could talk, I would never even try to make human friends.”

The next three episodes highlight the modern world of dogs and people. You follow two Japanese groomers on their journey to America, but the real story is about how dogs are replacing a conventional family increasingly across Japan. Not to mention, a great way to catch up on doggy fashion!

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” 

From Tokyo, you are jolted into Costa Rica, to the Territorio de Zaguates. A glimpse into this animal sanctuary is a glimpse into the problems most developing countries face today, India included. 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

And then as if to leave you with hope, the last episode ends with New York. As Alicia Keys said, the concrete jungle’s where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do. ‘Anna of Hearts and Bones’ helps you believe in second chances when she brings dogs in danger of being euthanized to be fostered and rehomed in NYC.

“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog.”

I say, this weekend, grab the popcorn, put up your feet and have a date with “Dogs”. If your heart does not leap with joy for at least a moment while watching this series, may I suggest some serious counselling?

Tanya Kane

Tanya Kane

Jeevoka member since Jul 2019

Ever since I can remember, I have always loved dogs! What started as a learning journey during my teenage years moulded into a full-time job in adulthood. 12 years ago, I shunned my Master’s degree to set up The Pawsh and RESQ Charitable Trust and have since then never looked back. A trained Canine Behaviourist and Hydrotherapist, I am very passionate about inculcating responsible pet ownership and working on dogs that need a second chance at the RESQ Rehoming Centre. When I am not working with animals, you will find me championing the sustainable life — another cause very close to my heart!