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Pick of the Litter (2018)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Don Hardy (as Don Hardy Jr.), Dana Nachman

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Dana Nachman
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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. Along the way, the dogs meet a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.

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31 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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$534,673, 29 November 2018
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All around good documentary
18 April 2019 | by giniro_28See all my reviews

"Pick of the Litter" is a story of five Labrador puppies following their journeys from birth to young adulthood as various amateur puppy raiders and guide dog training experts whether any of the dogs have what it takes to be the seeing eyes for the blind. The puppies will be tested for focus, intelligent disobedience, as well as response times and general disposition.

Only three hundred of every five hundred puppies become guide dogs, and in this documentary you see how this litter of five is whittled down and for what reason and at what stage. The dogs that "career change" (a polite way of saying being cut) go on to become breeders if they have excellent bone structure and demeanor, or pets, or even unofficial PTSD companions as in the case of one rowdy but lovable dog, Patriot.

"Pick of the Litter" is both a dog story and a human story as you see how each of the various people involved in the guide dog raising and training process become attached to the animal and have to go through a grieving process each time they let go. As in the case of more experienced puppy raisers, they may have to grieve ten times. Other puppy raisers have more severe disappointments when they feel like they are failing in their raising or have to let go of their Labrador puppy prematurely.

"Pick of the Litter" is an excellent documentary with a great range of amateurs and experts involved, with good attention to the feelings involved as well as to to the pacing of the story and the overall narrative, which feels complete as the story finishes with one of the puppies we had seen at birth (Primrose) herself become a mother at the guide dog institution. Fulfilling story and also cute, with lots of puppy whining and belly rubs. If you have ever wanted a puppy you will for sure want one again after watching "Pick of the Litter."

No strong areas for improvement. Just an all around good documentary.


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