Tomorrow night on PBS, two documentaries are airing, both of which I plan to record. First up is Food, Inc., which I mentioned last week. The second documentary actually airs the hour before Food, Inc. It’s called “Through a Dog’s Eyes,” and the film focuses on four families as they meet their new service dogs from the non-profit Canine Assistants.
When I lived in DC, I met a group of girlfriends for brunch at the popular Kramer Books. As usual, the restaurant was totally packed with the brunch crowd, milling around, sipping mimosas, crammed around tiny bistro tables. After we received our food, the hostess cleared the table next to ours and motioned for a man to take the table. We watched absolutely amazed as the man was led by his service dog through the packed restaurant, straight to the table, right to his chair, and as the man settled in, the dog curled up under the tiny table. It was incredible. We had barely made it to our cramped table in the corner without spilling drinks, tripping over coats or purses or other patrons, yet here was this guy, who turned out to be blind, putting all his trust into this gorgeous dog to get him through the brunch-crowd gauntlet. It was incredible and inspiring and made me want to go home and hug my own dogs a little harder.
These service dogs are absolutely awe-inspiring. They change lives and make the world a better place for their people. The preview is below – grab a tissue before you watch it – and definitely set your DVR to catch this tomorrow night.