A Dog's Life
|Premiere Status:||Toronto Premiere|
|Program Categories:||Canadian Spectrum|
|Health, Mental Health & Addiction|
|Animals & Animal Rights|
In large cities with a substantial homeless population, it's a common sight to see panhandlers on the sidewalk huddled up on a cold winter's day with their loyal dogs. Some wonder how they can afford to take care of a pet, let alone themselves. What's important to realize is that these dogs provide many homeless people with a lifeline-they offer unconditional love to those who have often suffered abuse, as well as stability and warmth on cold nights. But few shelters accept pets, forcing people already isolated and marginalized to make the incredibly difficult decision to give up their beloved animals if they want a roof and a bed. Most choose to live outside instead. A Dog's Life offers touchingly poignant stories of life on the streets of Toronto and Montreal by exploring the unique relationship between people struggling with homelessness and their canine companions. Lynne Fernie
- POV Magazine - "Down-to-earth and sincerely humane portrait"
- CP24 - Doc explores bond between the homeless and their pets