I am a BIG TIME animal lover. I always have been. It doesn’t matter if a creature is hairy, slimly, has wings or swims… I love all creatures great and small. I won’t even kill an insect unless it can’t be avoided. Honestly, the only creatures I’m not a fan of are Praying Mantis (long story…) and Brown Recluse Spiders (my mom died from one of their bites).
When I was a young girl I would bury creatures I found to give them a proper buried, including Woolly Bears and butterflies. My dad used to smoke cigars, and I would use the cigar boxes (sometimes the really good wooden boxes) to bury creatures in our backyard. If anyone ever excavates my parent’s backyard, they will be in for a surprise. Ha ha.
I have all the admiration in the world for people who go out of their way to rescue creatures and make sure that they find a good home. I’d love to do something like that, but honestly, I would need a HUGE property because I’d more likely than not want to adopt the creature I rescue. I know me, and I could see myself doing that. That is why I’ve always said I should have a farm, or own my own animal rescue facility.
There is a new docuseries, not airing on Curiosity Stream, all about animal rescues, especially dogs. The show is called Doug to the Rescue.
Doug to the Rescue stars Doug Thron, who is a pretty remarkable man. He’s an animal activist, environmentalist, infrared drone pilot and aerial cinematographer, who has long been dedicated to saving animals and the planet.
In the new series, Doug uses his high tech drone to look for animals that might not be seen with the naked eye. It also affords him a “bird’s eye view” of the surrounding area, to help locate animals that it could take hours, if not days, to find otherwise.
There are six episodes in the series. I had the opportunity to check them out for myself.
I found this brief video about Doug and his show. Check it out.
In each episode, Doug travels to a different part of the country, as well as other countries, to rescue dogs and cats in need. He travels from the Bahamas (where he rescues two pit bulls), to Australia where he helps locate Kolas and other creatures harmed in the Australian fires. In another episode you’ll find Doug helping to rescue horses displaced in the California wild fires.
During the series you’ll also learn how Doug acquired his own dogs – Duke and Ghost. They were both dogs that he helped to rescue over the years.
What I love about Doug (aside from his desire to rescue animals and save the environment), is that he goes out of his way to learn about dealing with animals that have experienced trauma. Sometimes animals are so terrified by what happened to them that they won’t even come for their owner, let alone a total stranger like Doug. That breaks my heart. It’s not like you can tell a scared animal that it’s going to be “OK,” and that they will understand what that means.
In one episode, Doug helps to rescue a starving dog that was left without food and water for possibly thirteen days. So in addition to rescuing animals displaced from natural disasters, he also helps animals that have been abused and neglected, including his own dog, Ghost, who was left to fend for himself in the California desert.
Some memorable things I learned from watching this series is that it takes a village to do the rescue work. Doug is only one man. Thankfully he knows a network of people who also come to the aid of animals that help with the after care of the found animals, as well as helping them to find their “forever homes.”
I also enjoyed the quote “If you give it love, it will love you back,” referring to neglected animals. That is so true! As the “mom” to six adopted cats (currently), one of which was abused and neglected, I can testify to that comment. Our blind cat was found in a dumpster, abused and with her back shaven. We’ve had her for over a year and she still has “issues” as a direct result of being abused. But that’s OK. She knows she’s loved and she’s in a safe place. That is what is most important. Hopefully the trauma she experienced will dissipate over the years.
If you love and care about all creatures, great and small, this series is for you.
If you are interested in viewing this show, or learning more, visit CuriosityStream.com. You can also check out Curiosity Stream on social media. All of their link are found on the bottom of their website.
Curiosity Stream has many other interesting shows to check out.
*I received free screeners in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.