A Movie Recommendation For Dog Lovers

Rolling thunderstorms have Eko and me riding out the day on the couch, which is convenient because after playing soccer yesterday for the first time in a long time, I was spending today on the couch no matter what the weather was like.

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Eko was skeptical that I was stylish enoough to wear these cleats

Since I wasn’t going to be moving anyway, I decided to watch a PBS documentary, Dogs Decoded, which a number of friends had recommended.  As it turned out, I wasn’t the only interested viewer in the room.

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“Will, am I the only one concerned that there are dogs trapped inside your computer?”

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Eko enjoyed the movie even more than I did!

As I lounged on the couch, Eko planted himself as close as possible to the screen and diligently watched the entire documentary.  It was nice to know that we have similar interests when it comes to movies.  Dogs Decoded provides a fascinating look into the domestication, genetics and history of our canine buddies.  I learned a lot and I now have an even greater appreciation for just how incredible dogs are.  I always knew Eko was smart (too smart, sometimes!) but I found out that on certain cooperative intelligence tests, dogs can even outperform chimps.  Learning that fact made me feel a little less ashamed of being outsmarted by Eko on a recurring basis.

Best of all, the documentary is available totally free on YouTube.

Next time you have an hour to kill on a rainy day, be sure to give it a watch.  If your dog is anything like Eko, they’ll love to watch it too.  We give Dogs Decoded one thumb and one paw up!

10 thoughts on “A Movie Recommendation For Dog Lovers

  1. I dog buddy used to like to watch TV too. I’ve seen this Nova presentation too. Wasn’t it interesting? I thought the whole study with the raising of the wolf from cub was interesting…that it wasn’t able to be domesticated by lavishing love and attention on it and it remained a wild animal. Great thing to share, I’ll watch it again. Thanks Will

    • Agreed. I consider myself pretty well read when it comes to dogs, but there was a lot of great stuff I learned from this documentary. Not a bad way to spend a rainy afternoon.

  2. Will, your Dad and I grew up watching dogs on TV.
    Lassie
    Rin Tin Tin
    The Jetsons – Astro
    The Flintstones – Dino
    The Adams Family – Cousin It
    Disney – Pluto
    Bonanza – Hoss (Did I Just say that?)
    Lots of dog research for you to study.
    Stay well.

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