One Nation under Dog premieres Monday as part HBO documentary series

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  1. MutteringJohn

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    Must viewing for Howard, Beth and the Dawgs Saloon. A couple spends $155,000 to clone their dog. This is the solution to have Bianca exist into perpetuity.
    Well into “One Nation Under Dog,†HBO’s revealing but difficult documentary about our deep bonds with canine companions, we reach a point that is nearly too awful to watch.
    With plenty of warning to viewers, the film shows what happens at an animal shelter’s last stop — a fate met by a couple of million dogs each year in the United States. A half-dozen dogs are set into a large metal box. They seem eerily resigned to this moment; no snapping, no squirming, no escape attempts. The lid is shut and sealed, and a worker twists the gas valve. The screams from inside the box are ghastly.
    Next they put in the puppies.
    I’m guessing about 80 percent of you aren’t reading anymore. Which probably makes “One Nation Under Dog,†airing Monday night as part of HBO’s impressive lineup of summertime documentaries, one of the toughest sells around. This film is only for the most rational sort of dog lover — someone who “gets†the human-dog connection at its most soulful level but also harbors no magical thinking about a dog’s life. They are not like us, and we outlive them. Between those two facts exists something almost indescribably dear and fragile.
    I admire how the film, which is split thematically into stories of “fear,†“loss†and “betrayal,†zeroes in unflinchingly on the most troubling aspects of American pet ownership, without becoming an animal-rights brochure. Even though a viewer keeps expecting a Sarah McLachlan ballad to kick in during all those glimpses of sad eyes peering from behind chain-link kennels, the film ends on a sober, imploring note of urgency about spaying and neutering.
    “One Nation Under Dog†is inspired by a 2009 book of the same name that was written by a friend of mine, Washington City Paper editor Michael Schaffer, who is about to become editorial director for the New Republic. Schaffer crisscrossed the nation to report on the ways that our pets had left the realm of lesser creatures and become a highly courted niche market. American consumers spend more than $43 billion each year on pet care and pampering. Now, as Schaffer explored, our furred friends are inching their way toward a legal status that treats them not quite as animals and not quite as persons — not yet. What are a dog’s rights in court? They’re evolving.
    The book was much broader on the subjects of irrational love, playful joy and silly spoiling, with a denouement on grief and loss. The film is a much darker journey into American doghood, opening with the uneasy tale of a suburban New Jersey doctor, Robert Taffet, whose five Rhodesian Ridgebacks were accused of terrorizing the neighborhood and biting at least two people. One ripped a toddler’s ear off.
    The camera follows the township hearings, court dates, reprimands, warnings. Taffet is a study in a particular kind of dog owner, calmly and defiantly equating his rights and his dogs’ rights with those whose teeth-marked injuries would demonstrate that something in that sense of entitlement has gone astray. Eventually, we accompany Taffet and one of the dogs to the vet’s office, where the pet is euthanized.
    “One Nation Under Dog†assigned different film crews in different directions to document aspects of an overall story, and the result can seem somewhat scattershot and inconclusive. The film is trying to say something all-encompassing about dogs, but what? In a grief support group for people whose dogs have died, we encounter a similar grasping for the right words as the bereaved try to explain not only the love they experienced, but also the lack of sympathy they’ve received from friends. Losing a dog, they insist, hurts as much or more as losing a person — a sentiment that other dog owners may agree with and yet keep closeted about.
    From there, “One Nation Under Dog†is mainly a guided tour: Here is the couple who spent $155,000 having their yellow Lab cloned into a replacement puppy. Here is the high-end dog cemetery and silk-lined dog casket for one pooch’s eternal rest, and, my, how far we’ve come since master documentarian Errol Morris first explored that subject in 1978’s “Gates of Heaven.â€
    Eventually, after the horrifying gassing sequence, “One Nation Under Dog†finds its strongest narrative and reassuring uplift, following those dedicated souls who rescue shelter dogs and find new homes for them.
    One man from New England, John Gagnon, travels to a Tennessee shelter, where, faced with an array of needy cases in the barking cacophony, he makes the difficult choice to save two dogs on death row. One is an angry biter; the other is a placid and terribly sad pit bull spotted with mange.
    After some purposeful foster care, the biter winds up living a grand life as the new pet at a beach house; the other finds herself riding in a Fourth of July parade float with her new masters. The gratitude these dogs feel is plain to see. The viewe is grateful to Gagnon, too, for saving “One Nation Under Dog†from utter despair.

    9pm Monday HBO 75 minutes
     
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    at first glance it seems as if it would make for a fun, interesting program but i'm not sure i could make it through the segments that show them being euthanized.
    as a dog lover and volunteer at a greyhound rescue i know how passionately we feel about our dogs....my first IG died christmas 2010 and i was despondent but was smart enough to realize that although no dog could replace my pup i could definately love another (so we did some research online, went to a reputable breeder and drove 10 hrs to pick up the doll you see in my av.

    i can't imagine how people live without sharing their lives with a dog.
     
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    If you have not seen this documentary you will love it. It absolutely explains the unique bond between dogs and humans. I cannot recommend it highly enough for dog lovers.



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    thanks, i'll check it out. i always had cats but it wasn't until only 11 yrs ago that we got a dog..... there really is something extraordinary about them. my dog will look me in the eyes and i could swear he knows what i'm thinking.
    those big brown eyes!
     
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    This DOC explains the "extraordinary" thing about them. The bond between humans and dogs is a unique inter species bond as far as we know. The show is scientific, not dog lover propaganda. I am, and will always be a cat guy, but I now get what dog lovers are all about and it is so cool. The show is only about an hour and very watchable. It will give you dog lover ammunition all day. It 100% proves that your feelings about your baby boy are not just in your head.



    your dog really does kinda know what you're thinking:secret:
     
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    shouldn't this title be under "Dawg"?:rolleye:
     
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    He seems pretty straight forward. :dontknow:
     
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    When is Dawg going to address this?
     
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    One nation, under dog, with bianca and appoe to all
     
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    My Bald Pussy

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    THAT'S NOT A CAT!!!!

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    I pledge allegiance to Bianca, Leon Bear and Apple and all the animoes in the United States of America.
     
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    They should ban kill shelters. Fucking anyone who kills a dog or cat will face bad Karma to themselves and family members. I would love to club those killers. Fucking scumbags.
     
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    Where do you propose putting the unwanted dogs and cats. Who is going to pay for the food and care.
     
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    Appreciate the heads up. I'll be watching it.
     
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    Howie needs to clone Beffie. The Kentucky Derby sure could use some more racehorses.




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