To become the ultimate best friend of a lucky man (or a woman), five dogs are born with the shit of a dog who receives a few months of rigorous training.
Who is a guide dog for blind or visually impaired and who is passing through? Do you have a "job change" that will fail your life and fail like a pet you love?
That question sparked the suspense of the documentary "Pick of the Litter," which was screened at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville last Thursday as part of the Napa Valley Film Festival.
The film was co-directed by Don Hardy and Dana Nachman, and a nonprofit organization based on San Rafael, the GDB, with a second educational facility in Boring, Oregon.
Hardy said it was inspired by the curiosity of "what is needed to make one of these amazing animals able to do amazing things."
Hardy wants viewers to get a deeper respect for the puppy dog and the number of people needed to make a successful puppy through the movie so that GDB employees can pass it on to volunteer puppies raising puppies to professionals who train dogs. Put them through their beams.
"All of this can only be successful if it is done successfully," he said.
Christine Benninger, executive director of GDB, initially hesitated about the movie, but she said she was not convinced that "we will tell our story in a way that we feel we should be honest."
At the end of the two-year shooting, her fears disappeared.
Benninger said, "We are really happy with how the picture came out because it is an honest expression of our program.
She hopes that the film will raise awareness and financial support for her organization, which does not receive funding from the government and is entirely dependent on community support.
Volunteers Tom and Amy Webster of Napa raised 25 dogs for GDB. They bring a young puppy, train them, and return it back about 14 months.
Tom Webster says, "I do not know if I can send my child back to college and see it again." The good news is that when you graduate, you get a gift from a puppy. We got the honor to do it just two weeks ago. "
On Thursday, Cody Meyer accompanied Ronan, a Golden Retriever who was his guide dog since January. Meyer called Ronan "an absolute gift."
"I am really happy to work with a dog because I am confident and independent," said Meyer, who recently started working at GDB as a dog welfare / training technician.
"He gives me the ability to go out and do what I want when I want to do it without relying on others," Meyer said. "If you want to go to a movie or shop, just take your dog out."
Puppy raiser Jessica Drew introduced Tachi, a 2-year-old African-American laboratory, at the end of training. Given the high medical and behavioral standards of the program, not all dogs will meet – only 300 out of 800 dogs born in GDB each year will be guide dogs. But Tachi is doing well.
Drew said that the ideal guide dog could adapt to different circumstances and circumstances, aspire to work, aspirate, and build close ties with humans.
Drew joked about the puppy being dogged and said that he sometimes missed training and hoped to become a pet. But the truth is that all her dogs want to be guide dogs.
"Everything we do is helping others," Drew said. "So even though we are attached to them, we are trying to convey them to someone who really needs them."
Wendi Piscia is raising Coral, a black lab, six months old, since eight months. After 14 months, Coral will return to GDB for evaluation.
This is my first experience as Piscia's puppy recruit. What will she do when it's time to leave?
She made a joke. She then added, "Knowing that you are not a dog and training her for the purpose, she will go through the whole process and become a guide dog with a higher purpose."
"The whole family is ready," said the 9-year-old, "Okay, about 8 months with the coral." She knows she is not our dog, but we have a great experience There is. "
Those who train or rely on guide dogs appreciate strangers first when they ask before petting their dog. Work guide dogs can lose focus even when their meaning is distracting. It can be dangerous if the dog relies on having to navigate the busy sidewalk or cross the street.
"Even though they look so cute and friendly, we ask the public not to buy a dog when we work," Meyer said.
Guide dogs like to work but can play and play with other dogs when they are away.
"A healthy balance of work and play is important to mental health," he said.
As the "Garbage Collector" started, a newborn puppy was instantly drawn from the audience with a chorus of "awws". The audience laughed and five labs grew under the guidance of trainer.
It is difficult to tell how many final cuts were made by "The P Litter" members such as Patrick, Patriot, Primrose, Phil and Potomac. However, this film shows that even "Happy Dogs" are selling Happy Endings.
"We want people to leave the movie with a gratitude for their bond with our dog." These animals can be highly skilled dogs or your favorite dogs. They are too meaningful to us. "