Now available on DVD and Video on Demand (VOD), is the documentary Seniors, A Dogumentary.
I love all animals. I am also a huge dog lover. I’ve had dogs all my life.
Four years ago we had to put our dog Espn (named after the sports channel – pronounced “Es-pin”) to sleep. He had an incurable liver disease. The vet game him two months to live. We were able to keep him with us for nine months. We knew that it was time to let him go. His body was tired and the disease took over him.
Sadly… Espn never had a chance to get old and become a senior dog.
This documentary is about senior dogs, and the people who care about them and advocate for them.
Bring on the tissues!
Seniors, A Dogumentary, the newest feature-length animal documentary from filmmaker Gorman Bechard is set for release on DVD and Video-On-Demand on September 29, 2020.
The film is a passionate portrayal of the vitality of senior dogs, and the people who cherish and protect them. Featuring the beloved Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary of Mount Juliet, Tennesse and Chaser the Border Collie, known as “The Smartest Dog In the World,” their stories converge through the keen lens of famed photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky, author of the book Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love.
Director Bechard, creator of A Dog Named Gucci, winner of the 2015 ASPCA Media Excellence Award, wanted to make an animal welfare film which would highlight a need yet make people smile. “We see so much animal abuse on a day-to-day basis,” he explains, “especially on social media. I wanted to make an animal film that would bring a smile to everyone’s face. It’s hard not to fall in love with these dogs!”
The film follows Zina and Michael Goodin, the Old Friends founders, as they relocate into their current facilities, and introduces us to Leo, social media star and the most popular dog in the sanctuary’s history. We also meet Chaser and her owner Dr. John W. Pilley Jr, who spent his final years working to show just how much a dog was capable of learning, even into her senior years. Not only did Chaser learn the names of over one thousand toys, she was able to differentiate between nouns and verbs, understand full sentences, and mimic Pilley’s actions after observing them just once.
I admit that I was reluctant to watch this film. I love animals, and my heart is STILL broken having to put our dog and a few cats to sleep over the years. I try to remind myself that they were well loved and hopefully enjoyed the lives that they had with us.
Many people want to adopt adorable puppies. It’s understandable. Puppies are so cute! Puppies are also a lot of work. You have to potty train them and teach them manners. Senior dogs on the other hand are already potty trained and most are well trained and know how to sit, come and speak.
Senior dogs can provide just as much love, if not more, than a brand new puppy. Senior dogs have A LOT to give. Even if they only have a few years left on their lives, those few years can be filled with remarkable, lifelong memories.
I appreciate the people involved in this film for advocating for senior dogs and trying to find them homes, as well as ensuring that the dogs have a quality life until it’s time for them to go to the “Rainbow Bridge.”
I did tear up – a lot – during this film. It’s because I care so much about these animals and I wish I had the ability to adopt them all and shower them with love.
If you love dogs and care about animals, you should consider checking out Seniors, A Dogumentary.
Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.