Dogs can have all kinds of jobs and in the latest episode of “It’s a Dog’s Life,” Bill Farmer introduces us to a pet detective and a truffle hunter. I can honestly say when the description for this episode came up, I didn’t know what to think. While I wouldn’t have been looking into either of these professions for dogs, I certainly learned a lot.

First up, we meet Gretel the Pet Detective. She is far better at her job than Ace Ventura. It’s really cool to see how she uses her nose to help track down missing and lost pets. Gretel is a German Shepherd and Farmer points out why this breed of dog is the best for being a pet detective; a strong sense of smell and a willingness to be trained. Farmer uses another dog to help test Gretel’s skills, walking miles away and having Gretel track them down. It’s really cool to see how a German Shepherd is able to track down, basically, any type of animal. I’ve got to say, despite not knowing what to think, this was one of my favorite dogs to learn about during the course of this series, so far.

Then, Bill Farmer introduces us to a dog that hunts truffles. It’s a unique skill that I would never have considered. It’s interesting to learn how the dogs are trained to be truffle hunters, but it didn’t keep me too invested. For the pet detectives, I couldn’t stop trying to gobble up the information, but for the truffle hunters, it was just fine. It was quality information and I’m glad the dogs hunt the truffles, but I just didn’t care enough about what the dogs were doing. I was significantly less interested, but it wasn’t bad. It just didn’t make me want to learn more.

Pluto’s Pointers teach dog owners what to do if they plan on adopting a cat as well. It’s good advice to help the animal lover take care of both animals. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite segments of the series. The pointers are always helpful and I can see a lot of animals gaining a lot of love once someone knows the right things to do. Anything that helps animals find loving homes is always a plus.

Meanwhile, in Goofy’s Hometown Heroes, we meet a dog that paints with her mouth. This is really cool to see how talented a normal, everyday dog can be. Some of her paintings have been sold to raise money for rescue shelters around the country, so she’s finding a way to give back with her talent.

Overall, this episode was mostly a success. I might not care about the truffle hunting, but I bet someone does. I was, thoroughly invested in the pet detective and Pluto’s Pointers. Meanwhile, Goofy’s Hometown Heroes was quite interesting this week.


Episode: 3.5 stars out of 5

Series: 3.5 stars out of 5

What did you think of this episode of “It’s a Dog’s Life?”

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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.