Confession: I've never owned a dog. I would like to get one, though, mostly so I can be judgy about other people's dogs and parade my pooch on the judgy, dog-loving streets of New York. I would probably let it lick me. Sometimes. Within reason.
I have already dreamt up a variety of situations that would be improved had I owned a dog. When I get home from work, it would be excited to see me, maybe even have tried to cook me dinner. It would remind me to vacuum, which I need reminding of. When I wanted to drink alone, I wouldn't be alone because the dog would be there with me. Maybe I'd give the good boy a sip of the ol' Cab Sauv.
Point is, there is a new, six-part documentary on Netflix out today. It's aptly titled Dogs, and follows the much-improved lives of dog owners around the world whose struggles are improved by the presence of a pup. The series is a telegenic anti-depressant, a cerebral palate cleanser. It will make you forget your woes and sign up for a bunch of dog adoption newsletters and meme accounts.
The trailer for Dogs will make you cry, a cathartic exercise if you've bottled up your emotions just to power through 2018.