It's a Dog's Life with Bill Farmer
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Remarkable dogs helping humans are fun for family viewing.
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Viewers learn about many different ways in which dogs contribute to humans' lives and work and see how the connection between people and the animals enhances life for both groups.
These stories of amazing dogs and their human caretakers demonstrate creative problem solving in action. In each case a dog fills a unique need in a way a human cannot and improves life for people in a personal or professional capacity. The show also celebrates the powerful emotional bond that exists between people and their furry companions.
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Farmer's enthusiasm for the animals he meets makes it fun for viewers to watch. The people he encounters illustrate how they solve problems by pairing their skills with those of the dogs to work together toward a common goal.
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Farmer's involvement as host of the show means that Pluto and Goofy are seen and heard at various times in each episode. The introduction features their images, Farmer’s recognizable voiceover work is heard at times, and recurring segments called "Pluto’s Pointers" and "Goofy's Hometown Heroes" round out each installment of the series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer is a heartwarming series about amazing canines who perform unique jobs for humans. Disney voice actor Bill Farmer hosts the show, using his work as the voices of iconic characters Pluto and Goofy as a segue to the show’s focus on remarkable animals. Viewers will see dogs in action as service animals, wildlife companions in zoos, and professional sniffers in a variety of capacities. The show inspires awareness of different jobs for humans, as well as for dogs, and it demonstrates creative ways that people (and dogs) solve problems. With family-friendly content and lots of sweet messages about the bond between people and their favorite critters, this series is a fun pick for watching with all of your family members, furry and otherwise.
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What's the Story?
IT’S A DOG’S LIFE WITH BILL FARMER introduces viewers to canines who do remarkable work as humans’ companions and coworkers. Hosted by Disney voiceover legend Bill Farmer, each episode of the series features two dogs with amazing skills that allow them to help people in unique ways. From service animals for health challenges to companion animals for wild animals in captivity, these dogs do incredible -- and incredibly helpful -- things. The show also dedicates time to advice on responsible pet interactions as well as fans’ stories of their special relationships with their own canines.
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There’s a reason dogs are considered to be man’s best friend, and this fun series certainly makes a good case for that to be a universal truth. Whether or not you’re a dog lover yourself, you’ll find yourself in awe of the incredible work these animals do for their human friends. Some of their jobs will be familiar -- especially in the cases of companion and service tasks for people with health needs -- but others (like a professional whale poop sniffer!) may surprise you.
A dog lover himself, Farmer takes obvious joy in meeting these amazing animals and seeing their work in action. Recurring segments called “Pluto’s Pointers” and “Goofy’s Hometown Heroes” also help bring the pet-friendly messages closer to home, offering valuable advice about caring for and relating to dogs, and spotlighting some special stories fans have shared about their own furry best friends. It’s a Dog’s Life is a feel-good show that’s perfect for couch time with your family and your four-legged friends.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about owning and caring for pets. If you have pets in your home, what tasks are involved in taking care of their needs on a daily basis? How do you keep them safe when you are away from home, either with or without them?
How can animals help us in emotional ways? Can they inspire us to be compassionate and kind in different ways than our human relationships do? Do you think the title "best friend" is appropriate for our dog pals? Why or why not?
In what ways does t’s a Dog’s Life incorporate the Disney brand into its content? Does involving the images of Pluto and Goofy contribute to the show in some way? Why or why not?
- Premiere date: May 15, 2020
- Cast: Bill Farmer
- Network: Disney+
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: February 27, 2022
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