WAR DOG: A SOLDIER’S BEST FRIEND
AND DIRECTOR DEBORAH SCRANTON
This film delves into the elite world of the U.S. Army Rangers handler warrior/k9 teams, revealing a profound bond that endures long after leaving the battlefield.
PREMIERES NOVEMBER 13 on HBO, 8 PM ADVANCED PREVIEW AVAILABLE STARTING NOVEMBER 11 on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals.
From Executive Producer Channing Tatum comes a deeply personal documentary that highlights the intimate relationship between soldiers and their K9s who serve together as human/animal teams in combat. Less than 1% of all military K9’s are selected for Special Operations. Dedicated, fearless and highly trained, these K9s and special operations forces are cut from the same cloth and forged to be human/animal teams under the most grueling selection courses known, in order to develop an unbreakable bond and lethal fighting capability. This is a world where two-legged and four-legged warriors are considered equal members of a team -built on loyalty, sacrifice, and love that blurs the line between human and animal.
Paying tribute to their service, War Dog recognizes the invaluable impact of these K9s on their human counterparts. With unprecedented access, the film brings these extraordinary stories to life, featuring exclusive military footage, personal photos, on-the-ground combat and drone video surveillance footage, footage of war dogs training and in action, and revealing interviews with the handlers, who open up about the physical and emotional struggles they’ve faced.
Underscoring the unwavering loyalty and bravery that make these four-legged brothers- and sisters-in-arms heroes in their own right, War Dog profiles three relationships between soldiers and dogs: U.S. Army Ranger Trent McDonald and Layka; U.S. Army Ranger John Dixon and Mika; and U.S. Special Operations Command Dave Nielsen and Pepper