Life in the Doghouse

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Docu about saving at-risk dogs is emotionally intense.

NR 2019 84 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 6+

It's all about dogs!

Loved watching this movie, thoughtfully filmed about the life of two men devoted to saving dogs. Sad in parts but still a hopeful film, kids and adults alike would enjoy watching together. It's a thought-provoking film -- kids will have questions about dogs, life, rescuing, and kindness to animals and people!

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age 5+

A mostly optimistic look at animal rescue

My mom had been telling me to watch this for nearly a year, so I made this my first movie of 2020. It's a good documentary, but it was occasionally a bit boring. Danny and Ron are great role models who care deeply about the well-being of their dogs. Their dogs are usually saved from ominous situations, such as living in puppy mills or nearly being euthanized. The documentary paints a bleak picture about the state of dogs in the United States, especially in a shocking scene where euthanized dogs in black trash bags are loaded onto a truck and dumped into a hole in the ground. As this happens, harrowing statistics are displayed. These statistics are used to support Danny and Ron's belief that a law should be passed requiring all pets, except for those owned by licensed breeders, to be spayed or neutered. However, the remainder of the documentary is quite optimistic, focusing on their successful efforts in helping at-risk dogs. Dog lovers of all ages will enjoy this documentary, but some young children will be distressed at parts.

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