Some people are cat people, some are dog people. But regardless of which camp they fall into, most people are simply crazy about their pets. The connections people form with their cats and dogs are often the longest, strongest relationships in their lives. They are our soul mates, our best friends, sometimes even our surrogate children. What makes these creatures such key members of our families?
Perhaps it’s because our furry friends have long provided us with comfort, camaraderie, and unconditional love. Cats and dogs are our unending source of kisses, cuddles, slobber, claws, and laughs. Watch as NATURE shares the stories of pet owners and their beloved animals. From a very special dog named Jerry, to a cat that saved a man’s life, Why We Love Cats and Dogs presents a portrait of some of the most powerful and remarkable connections we experience as humans—the unbreakable bonds with our pets.
Four-time Emmy Award winner, filmmaker and director Ellen Goosenberg Kent kept the 10-month production of NATURE’s Why We Love Cats and Dogs on the right track. Ellen brings a strong visual sense to the art of storytelling and was able to illuminate the dynamic human-pet relationship, revealing how dogs and cats share our emotions in many significant ways.
Production Credits Print
Director and Producer
ELLEN GOOSENBERG KENT
Director of Photography
JAMES T. REEVES
Director of Photography, Studio
Make Up Stylist
ROBERT BURGOS, FULL CIRCLE POST
Additional Footage Provided By
Jim Nelson & Rene Agredano
Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
Debra Decker, TICA
Dr. Arnold Plotnick
Barbara Dille, Sawmill Kennel Club
Ellen & Stuart McKirdy & family
Dr. Robyn Faye
Donald & Jake Kent
Connie Howard & the staff,
Boulder Valley Humane Society
Veterinary Cancer Care Clinic,
Santa Fe, NM
With gratitude to everyone who shared their stories, and their magnificent dogs and cats.
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
HD Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY
Executive In Charge
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Director of Digital Strategy
Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG
Photos for “Introduction” and "How to Enter" by Joe Sinnot © EBC. Photo for "Interview: René Agredano Tells Jerry's Full Story" courtesy of Jim Nelson and René Agredano.
Other images from Why We Love Cats and Dogs.
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