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Underdog to Wonderdog
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's no real reason to be concerned about sharing this emotional-but-heartwarming series with kids; viewers of all ages will be inspired by the stories of animals who beat the odds to thrive in loving environments. Very young kids may be upset or confused about stories of dogs getting hit by cars or being neglected by owners, so be ready to reassure them if questions arise. And don't forget to keep the tissues handy, as these touching tales are sure to tug at your heartstrings.
What's the story?
In UNDERDOG TO WONDERDOG, a team of experts rallies around abandoned and neglected dogs to rehabilitate them and find them loving new families. Each episode centers on a different shelter pup in need of lots of TLC, with viewers learning about each animal's history and special needs while the team works with the dogs to train, pamper, and prepare them for a new home. The series also devotes time to the potential adopters, sharing their reasons for seeking out a new pet and explaining how they expect their dog will change their life.
Is it any good?
If your life has ever been enriched by the presence of an animal friend, you're sure to enjoy these touching tales. It's hard to not be affected by the emotional stories of rescue and recovery, and you'll be inspired to see how the experts' patience and dedication is rewarded when the shelter dogs are transformed into healthy, happy, affectionate pets.
The absence of any iffy content (besides strong emotion) makes this a fine choice for whole-family viewing, though you may have to reassure very young or sensitive kids during segments that talk about the dogs' sad histories of neglect, illness, or accidents. That aside, just be prepared to field your kids' requests for a new furry friend of their own after they watch these heartwarming stories.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the joys and responsibilities of caring for a pet. How can having a pet enrich your life? How would you define the bond between people and their pets? What's your favorite type of pet? Does your family have pets? What daily tasks are required to keep it/them healthy and happy? What happens if they're not cared for? In your family, whose job is it to take care of your pet? Families can also discuss pet adoption. If you were to get a pet, what would you get? Would you consider adopting a homeless animal? What special needs might an adopted pet have? How would you work to ensure that those needs were met?