Today, we wanted to revisits the multi-award winning documentary, DOG DOWN. This documentary showcases not just the structure and actions of our program, but the emotional connections and human growth for dogs and trainers alike. Watch the teaser below!
Synopsis: Together, through this unlikely journey to freedom, dog and man discover what they could not find alone: healing from their past, purpose in the present, freedom for their future. This remarkable story of an unlikely journey to freedom begins at a point of renewal. Discarded, unadoptable dogs like Lindy are given a chance to survive and even thrive. Inmates like Perry redeem their dignity by training these dogs in basic obedience. In parallel, these men are transformed by the dogs’ unconditional love, which in turn “trains” the men to respect themselves and others. These dogs become the good dogs they always had inside themselves. These men become the real men they were meant to be. Perry says “This program has really opened me up. It’s opened my eyes. It’s brought me to a new level of responsibility.” Men, once hardened to the world, begin to soften inside as they realize they have done a good thing and can have a positive impact. Dog Down. Dogs learn basic commands such as “Down!”—that can save their lives. Man Up. The men begin to take responsibility, gain confidence and learn to get along with others—qualities that transform their lives. Win-Win. Everyone benefits. Dogs are placed in loving homes and their human families gain a well-trained companion; these men are better prepared to care about those around them and gain confidence for when they are to be released; society as a whole is improved. Dog Down. Man Up. Win- Win.
Producer/Director John Le Blanc
Producer/Editor Steve Childs
Producer Kathleen Long
Producer Ann Holton Guill