Arts-Culture #38 (Sun Mar 17, 2013) Dog Dazed: Canadian film doc on our fascination with dogs, and conflicts between owners and non-owners

It seems that more and more, people love dogs.  They're great companions people will say. 

As lifestyles change across the continent, there appears to be a growing need for that companionship.  Adult children often have to move far away from parents, leaving an empty nest and a gap that older folks want to fill.

People are getting married later, there are more divorces and so more single people.  Some married couples choose not to have children and buy dogs which become surrogate children.  So it seems in many cases, people are buying dogs to fill in that lonliness gap.

There are now dog hotels, and companies that create dog birthday parties, and an unimaginable array of toys and accesories. But dog ownership is not without its crises, some dog-made, some, perhaps more because of their owners...and then there are conflicts with non-dog owners. 

Bountiful films of Vancouver has looked into the culture of dog ownership in North America, and produced a film documentary called Dog Dazed.

People love to dress up their dogs, either as a reflection of their lifestyle, or as surrogate children

Above and taken from the documentary Dog Dazed, with scenes from Woofstock, a huge annual fair for dogs and their owners in Toronto.

In some sections cities, indeed in some cities in North America, dogs now outnumber children. With the growing number of pet pooches, comes a growing number of problems including dog waste, and clashes of rights between owners and non-owners and in some cases, bewteen owners and environmentalists.  Dog Dazed explores all these themes and more in an occasionally light-hearted but serious study.

Left: Dog Dazed co-producer Maureen Palmer, and (right) director , writer, co-producer Helen Slinger.

The film will be broadcast in Canada on the CBC network on Thursday March 21, and Saturday the 23rd. After that look for it at festivals and in other network broadcasts.  A preview can be seen by searching "CBC Doc Zone- dog Dazed", or YouTube "Dog Dazed"



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