Pick of the Litter

Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil—five spirited puppies who, from the moment they’re born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. It’s a rigorous two-year process that will take the pups from the care of selfless foster volunteers to specialized trainers to, if they make the cut, a lifelong human companion. At every step of the way, the puppies will be tested, challenged, and evaluated. Only the best of the best will be chosen for the job of guide dog—who has what it takes? From filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy. (81 mins)

Post-film discussion: the local non-profit organization Mutts With a Mission trains service dogs for adoption by veterans. In attendance will be dogs and their owners to answer questions from the audience.

“As cuddly as this may sound, the documentary is unexpectedly suspenseful, even intense.” – Marissa Martinelli, Slate

“This film — which follows the process as a litter of puppies make their way through training to become guide dogs for the blind — shows us the best in humanity, as well as the best in dogs.” – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times