We don't deserve dogs. Maybe you think that's an overstatement, but for proof of how amazing our canine companions are, look no further than the six four-legged pups featured in Superpower Dogs.
Narrated by Chris Evans (aka Captain America), this 47-minute film captures the bravery of a few of the world's most amazing doggos. Already having debuted in Canada, the film premieres locally Nov. 22 for Cincinnati Museum Center members at Omnimax Theater. (Non-members can catch screenings the following day.)
There's Halo, a disaster response dutch shepherd and member of Florida Task Force 1, one of the "most elite search and rescue teams in America." Also on rescue mission — albeit in a very different climate — is border collie Henry, an avalanche search and rescue dog working in Whistler, British Columbia.
Reef, a Newfoundland, helps other pooches hone and develop innate rescue instincts in order to help save human lives at the Italian School of Water Rescue Dogs. And her list of qualifications impresses: she can deploy from a boat or a helicopter, swim for miles and tow up to 40 times her own weight in water. Woof. Then there's Ricochet, who in 2009 jumped on a surfboard with a boy who is quadriplegic. Since, she has surfed with hundreds of others with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities.
All the way in the African Savannah are Bloodhound brothers Tony and Tipper. As members of the Kenyan Wildlife Service, this duo works to protect residents of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, specifically endangered rhinos and threatened elephants. They've assisted in leading to the arrest of over 40 poachers. Apparently, their evidence is admissible in Kenyan court, which means they're the only animal kingdom members with the ability to testify in trial.
CMC members can catch their stories Nov. 22 before it goes public the following day. Film times are 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Plus, four-legged star Henry will be in attendance to meet audience members post-screening. CMC members can enter a raffle to score film-related prizes and you can also take an after-hours tour of Destination Moon. (Last entry is at 8 p.m.)
Plus, a themed menu will serve up snacks like puppy chow. fetch sticks (3 chocolate covered pretzels), Bark-B-Q Pupcorn (Grippos popcorn), a Poochie Platter with pupperoni pizza and bone-shaped garlic bread sticks. Sip on a Salty Dog cocktail or 13 Dogs of Christmas Beer. For the kids there's Henry's Favorite Toilet Water (blue Kool-Aid) and hot coco. Plus, pick up a doggie bag for your own beloved pooch.
Adult tickets cost $9; seniors $8; children 3-12 $7; infants are free; adult members $6 and child members $5. More info: cincymuseum.org/superpower-dogs