The latest Wonderland series offering was no less quirky and odd than its predecessors, and last night, we saw the six-degrees-of-separation like stories of the paths taken by seven Staffordshire Bull Terrier pups, their subsequent owners, as well as their original breeder.
Born of Uggs, whose owner Jackie wanted to make money from selling her pups, the seven puppies were destined for very different lives, but more or less to a man, or pup, their futures weren’t looking especially bright.
That said, one of them did fare very well; Jackie’s sister-in-law Maria bought one of the pups to help her children to get over the grief of losing their dad, and of all the puppies, this one seemed the most suited to getting along with fragile children.
The ‘midwife’ for dogs, Donna, got one puppy by way of payment for helping out at the birth, another went to a far from ideal new owner who couldn’t afford to even have the puppy inoculated.
That owner was Jamie and his answer to the problem of not being able to afford vaccinations for his new pet? Putting the dog in a pram while out. Super.
But though Jackie’s original intention had been to make money from breeding the dogs – to facilitate a new floor – it backfired somewhat and though she did make some profit, it wasn’t enough.
“You’re not making anything. It’s just one big f****ng headache” said Jackie while all about her, dogs were sniffing, peeing, running about and generally ruling the roost.
More than a video diary of the pups lives though, this film made by Charlotte Desai rapidly turned into a snapshot of society and its woes in general. In following the puppies, what Desai actually filmed was a real-life The Street, and though upsetting at times, it was fascinating viewing.
All humanity was here; from crime to bereavement, family breakdowns to poverty, the full spectrum of average living was glimpsed in this film. The dogs featured were really just a link more than an examination of the plusses and minuses of a controversial breed. That said though, I’d love to see a follow-up in a year’s time to find out what’s become of the dogs.