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Warning! New Netflix dog-umentary will melt your heart

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A new documentary has made its appearance on Netflix and it may just be the best one we've seen all year. The tear-jerking movie follows a litter of puppies being trained to be guide dogs for the blind, and it has caught the heart of dog lovers everywhere.

By Zoe Monk , 21 Sep 2019

Netflix has become well known for its off-the-wall shows and gripping dramas, but its new documentary 'tailing' the stories of puppies being trained up for the all-important job of becoming guide dogs for the blind will make hearts swell.

Pick of the Litter

Pick of the Litter is the title of this lovely US-based documentary and it’s been billed by Netflix as follows:

"Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career.

"Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm.”

Litter ‘P’

The canine stars of the documentary are based in California and called Phil, Patriot, Potomac, Primrose and Poppet. Collectively known as litter ‘P’. Based in California, the dogs work with Guide Dogs for the Blind who receive 1,100 applications for a guide dog each year.

Life-changing companionship

Viewers will watch as the young dogs are trained by a dedicated community of people who are experts at training canines to become the eyes of their new human owners and provide life-changing assistance and companionship.


Critical assistance

Guide dogs provide important assistance every day to someone who is blind and it’s only made possible through their training and the dog’s obedience and wonderful loyalty.


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The documentary also includes experiences of blind people who have had their lives transformed by the brilliance of an assistance dog.

The best of the best

But while there’s no doubt that all the dogs work hard during their training, not all of them will be successful in becoming a guide dog for the blind. As the Netflix synopsis explains:

"The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter."

According to The Daily Beast, just two-thirds of the canine trainees will be chosen to become a guide dog for the blind. Those that don't quite make it through will be matched up with a new loving home.


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