watched her once-vibrant mother in a coma, wasting away. The doctors warned
Bonnie that her mother would not make it another day. That very day a therapy
dog named Chelsea, made the rounds of the hospital and climbed onto Bonnies
comatose mother and spoke to her, barking. Suddenly the mother opened her
eyes and smiled. When the woman passed away several days later, Bonnie told
Chelsea's owner "Chelsea gave me my mother for two more weeks. It was
a miracle. I already made the funeral arrangements and was sure Id never
speak to mother again."
Life: A Dogamentary is a quirky yet poignant documentary about the positive
effects of the intense bond between dogs and humans, as told through the story
of Emmy®-winning television producer Gayle Kirschenbaum and her dog Chelsea.
Using humor and pathos, this film explores Chelsea's role in her owner's life,
and how it expanded when Chelsea was certified as a therapy dog after the
horror of 9/11. It's a story of seeking love and finding it in the
least expected way.
Gayle never imagined herself as "one of those people" who finds
true companionship in a dog. After rescuing a neglected Shih Tzu, Gayle finds
herself rescued right back. She is convinced her little girl is a star, and
the pair enjoy the comic adventures of seeking stardom for Chelsea and a husband
for Gayle. With the four-legged ingenue rigged with a "doggie cam,"
Gayle and her canine co-star experience life on the streets of New York from
both a womans and a dogs points of view.
They become a magnet for attention, meeting all kinds of characters including
a woman who is convinced her new dog is her father reincarnated. Everywhere
they go, people are smitten with Chelsea and she is on her way to becoming
a star a Shih Tzu diva.
Then the tragic events of 9/11 unfold, not only bonding Gayle and Chelsea
to their city, but seeing Chelsea emerge as a force for healing, and leading
them both on a new path. After training and passing certification, Chelsea
begins the work she was born to do. Gayle witnesses how Chelsea offers comfort
and companionship to those in distress - all eager to see Chelseas bright
eyes and wagging tail. A Dogamentary captures these powerful encounters, with
camera work by legendary documentarian Albert
Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter, Letting Go) who
also appears as a character in the film, and post production consultation
by Robert Hawk (Chasing Amy, Trick, The Laramie
A Dogs Life: A Dogamentary is a story of hard work, hard knocks,
love sought and found, and how a person, a dog, and a community all learned
to help heal one another. It's a story of how one very special dog improved
the lives of people all around her. It's wild, it's funny, it's moving and