DOG WALK HOME: Reuniting Veterans and Their Families
When three veteran families struggling with PTSD and secondary trauma lose all hope, service dogs help them heal and imagine the possible.
DOG WALK HOME introduces three veteran families in the intimacy of their homes, where service dogs are considered family members. We see how service dogs are woven tightly into the fabric of everyday life—at home, at public outings, in restaurants. Themes have begun to emerge as to why these veterans suffer from PTSD, how secondary trauma impacts family members, and how their service dogs help them cope. We empathize with the veterans’ stories through their own words, the words of family members and commentary by our expert advisors about the science, and wonder of human-animal relationships. Through tears, humor and vivid detail, we glimpse a reunification of these broken families and how they are mending with the help of their four-legged family members. An original score will be composed by Emmy-winning composer Patricia Lee Stotter for our finished film. (Currently in production.)
This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.