A friend of mine was gracious enough to record this National Geographic Channel show for me so I could watch it, not having any broadcast TV service out here at the Manor.
Oh, man, where to start? Let me just say, if you are National Geographic and therefore have some resources at your disposal, you could do a LOT better than this. Hell, I could have done better with a hand-held video camera and my own dogs.
1) I spent the first ten minutes giggling hysterically because the “wolves” were clearly Malamutes or Huskies. They did use very wolfy-coated ones for the adults, but when you get to the puppies and you have classic red ones? HAHAHAHAHA No.
2) The old canard about “wolves have a very strict social structure.” Oh dear. No, they don’t, at least not in the wild. Neither do your dogs, at home, if you have more than one.
3) A “dead” wolf breathed and then picked its head up. BAD EDITING FOR THE LOSE.
4) The scenes of the “ancient” Middle East, where to begin? With the Border Collie that was supposed to represent “primitive” herding breeds, that had its white bits muddified so it looked …more ancient? Who knows. Could they not have found someone with an actual Middle Eastern “primitive” herding dog? The breeds do exist. For example, the Canaan Dog, the Belgian Malinois, the Anatolian Shepherd, all of these breeds would have looked like actual primitive dogs better than a muddy Border Collie. Also, the human actors in blackface. Well, brownface. But still, could we not find actual people from the Middle East, or did they not look Middle Eastern enough?
5) Something like 70% of the scenes of modern working dogs were Border Collies, too. Someone on the production team had a damn Border Collie fetish, that is for sure.
6) The German Shepherd: it did not originate as a people-guarding breed like the Doberman. Your first clue is perhaps in the breed’s name: der Deutscher Schaeferhund, which translates to “German Shepherd Dog.” Please note the “SHEPHERD” there, which is an ancient English word meaning “One who moves sheep around.”
7) Dogs other than Golden Retrievers have emotional connections with humans. Trust me on this.
In summation: skip it, that is two hours of your life you will never get back. Unless you want something to giggle at, in which case, have at!
P.S. The tag on this entry is my 100th tag for the blog. Woo hoo!