Why We Love Cats and Dogs

About

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.

Photo by Joe Sinnot © EBC

Production Credits Print

Director and Producer
ELLEN GOOSENBERG KENT

Editor
JULIET WEBER

Associate Producer
SCOTT SIEGEL

Music By
GARY LIONELLI

Director of Photography
EDWARD MARRITZ

Sound
MARK MANDLER
MARK ROY
ALAN BARKER

Additional Camera
NICHOLAS DOOB
TOM HURWITZ
BARRY KIRK
SANDRA CHANDLER
JOJO PENNEBAKER
AXEL BAUMANN

Research
JAMES T. REEVES
MARNI ROTHMAN

Director of Photography, Studio
PETER NELSON

Sound
MERCE WILLIAMS

Lighting Director
SHAWN  SULLIVAN

Key Grip
ROBERT MCKENNA

Electric
CALEB SMITH

Art Director
PHIL BUCCELLATO

Make Up Stylist
VALENTINA GUERRINI

Sound Editor
DAVE ELLINWOOD

Audio Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Post Production
ROBERT BURGOS, FULL CIRCLE POST

Production Assistants
DEBRA REMSTEIN
BILL PARMENTIER
DUSTIN BLOWES
TED MANIATAKOS
RACHEL GROW
TIERNEY LYNNE
NOAH DERKS
NICK HURWITZ
BRET LATTER
TIERNEY STOUT
LYNN MOORE
TIFFANY PATTERSON
ERIC RHOADES

Additional Footage Provided By
SUE PAIGE
KRYSTIE SCHLUND
ALEX YOUNG
KENDAL BRENNEMAN
ROBBIE COKER
DENISE SCHAEFER

SPECIAL THANKS
Jim Nelson & Rene Agredano
Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
Jon Katz
Julia Szabo
Vicki Croke
Brian Hare
Leslie Irvine
Pam Johnson-Bennett
Debra Decker, TICA
Diane Mollaghan
Lucinda Woodward
Dr. Arnold Plotnick
Jorge Bendersky
Howard Bedol
Carrie Neri
Laurel Rabschutz
Laurie Sullivan
Darlene Arden
Barbara Dille, Sawmill Kennel Club
Marianne Lah
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.

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE HESS

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Audio Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

HD Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Offline Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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Web Credits

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
DIANA COFRESÍ-TERRERO
CHIE WITT

Designer
JOY WEEENG

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Writer
ANGELA SAKRISON

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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