This Week’s Pet Premieres

(Above photo of ‘Well Groomed,’ courtesy of Cattle Rat Productions: Adriane Pope and her poodles become Alice in Wonderland for an afternoon in Conway, SC)

Pet lovers have their pick of streaming premieres from a variety of genres this week:

A live-action short about a dead little girl and her loyal magical dog… or a cartoon series about a live little boy and his loyal cat.

A concert event benefiting homeless pets… or a reality series matching homeless dogs with new owners.

A documentary about competitive dog grooming.

Weep the Headless Madness of These Fields, Le Cinema Club

First up, free through Thursday, July 23, on LeCinemaClub.com: Weep the Headless Madness of These Fields (2019), a beautifully shot 15-minute fantasy about a dog’s love for a little girl, even after her death. It’s mostly silent, but contains a lot of barking and a little Spanish (subtitled in English). Featuring the debuts of Alma Bogado as the girl and Tuki (right) as the dog, it was written and directed by Uruguay’s Alex Piperno and filmed in Argentina.

The cartoon boy is Tiggy, his cat is Gweeseek, and their 10-episode series  — Tig n’ Seek – debuts this Thursday, July 23 on HBO Max. Tiggy (voiced by the show’s creator Myke Chilian) is a seeker of lost objects for Wee-Gee City’s Department of Lost and Found in, while his BFF cat invents gadgets to help out. Gweeseek, being a cat, doesn’t speak, but other animals on the show do, including a bunny voiced by Wanda Sykes. The series comes from Cartoon Network, which posted the original eight-minute pilot, Tiggle Winks, in early 2018:

Songs to Save Them All: A Benefit for Homeless Pets, a three-hour benefit concert for Best Friends Animal Society, streams this Wednesday, July 22, at 7 pm ET over bestfriends.org/concert and Facebook.  Performers and other celebrities slated to appear include Sam Nelson Harris from X Ambassadors, Amythyst Kiah, gnash, ZZ Ward, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Theroux.  Funds raised will help the Best Friends Animal Society’s mission of ending the killing of cats and dogs in animal shelters by 2025. For more info, visit bestfriends.org.

SONGS TO SAVE THEM ALL: A BENEFIT FOR HOMELESS PETS

Looking for a summertime treat? We've got just the thing: A virtual streaming concert featuring a variety of musical artists and surprise celebrity talent! Our goal is to bring our community together to focus on the ways music and caring about animals unite us despite our differences and how much pets comfort us during times of crisis, as well as how we can support each other and our communities. Stay tuned for the lineup and more! -emily

Posted by Best Friends Animal Society on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

It’s a matchmaker show with a twist! In each of the eight episodes of The Dog House: UK, you’ll learn the heart-rending story of an abandoned canine, the poignant backstory of a person or persons longing for a pet, and finally see their climactic “first date.” The series, which ran last year on Britain’s Channel 4 as just The Dog House, debuts this Thursday, July 23, on HBO Max.

Well Groomed (2019), a 90-documentary which follows a group of champion dog groomers for a year on their very colorful competition circuit, is scheduled to be available for rental or purchase starting tomorrow, July 21. For locations and prices, we’d suggest checking either JustWatch or Reelgood as the week goes on. A 60-minute version of Well Groomed debuted on HBO in December and is now streaming on HBO Max.

If you’re a pet lover who’s read this far, you might want to start your seven-day free trial to HBO Max this week. After that, the service costs $14.99 a month. For more, visit hbomax.com.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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