Program 33: Life in the Doghouse
Directed by Ron Davis
Life in the Doghouse is the touching and inspiring story of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta, owners of Danny and Ron’s Rescue, who together have saved the lives of over 10,000 dogs in a span of more than 10 years. What makes Danny and Ron’s Rescue so special, and this documentary so much fun, is the fact that this is perhaps the only large dog rescue where the dogs live in the house like part of the family. Currently housing 71 of the cutest house guests imaginable, every room of Danny and Ron’s modest, but beautiful home has been converted into space for the dogs. The dining room table has been replaced by rows of dog crates; the living room is lined with dog beds; and the fireplace has been turned into a bed for a particularly adorable little princess. Danny and Ron even share their bed with a small pack of dogs.
Danny and Ron have been together since the 1980s when their professional relationship turned romantic. Then, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, they were moved to help with the crisis of unhoused pets that followed. Eventually, the temporary shelter became permanent; the dogs were moved from the horse barn into the house; and Danny and Ron’s Rescue was formed.
Life in the Doghouse is the incredibly human story of two heroic members of our community sharing in the love of each other… and thousands of furry friends. Your heart will melt as you experience the immeasurable adorableness of these dogs, once marked for death, as they live a happy, healthy life in this gay household; your heart will break as you learn about the agonizing lives that these once unwanted pets have faced; and you’ll leave the theater with your heart filled with hope. This is the perfect ImageOut film to take the whole family and any dog lovers in your life.
— Stephen K. Weisenreder
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Frameline San Francisco Int’l LGBTQ Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Provincetown Int’l Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – newportFILM