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Dogs, their love is unconditional, their videos instant viral hits, and thinking about them dying brings even the toughest man to his knees. Netflix’s newest documentary, titled Dogs, takes cheap shots at giving viewers all the feels—and it’s working.
Like you don’t cry every time a sad dog story appears on your Facebook timeline already, the six-part series follows stories about what bonds us and dogs. And not just any stories, the most heart-twisting ones Netflix could find.
For example, one episode follows the story of Zeus, a beautiful husky stuck in war-torn Syria after his owner had to flee. They detail his owner’s journey to getting back his pal.
Netflix describes the series as “an elegant, engaging, and cinematic vérité documentary series celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged best friends.”
“Dogs takes us on an inspirational journey exploring the remarkable, perhaps even magical qualities that have given these animals such a special place in all of our hearts,” the streaming giant said in a press release.
And of course, people are buying into this and loving every second of it.
i really started the dogs nextflix documentary like i’m not gonna combust into tears within mINUTES
— deven🌞 (@Devenn16) November 17, 2018
Twitter has exploded with viewers whose emotions have gone awry.
Warning: The Netflix documentary "Dogs" will lead to ugly crying. Do not watch right before leaving the house, unless snot face is the look you are going for.
— Megan Wood (@MeganWood19) November 17, 2018
If you have a stuffy nose just watch the Dogs documentary on Netflix and soon you'll have snot and tears all over your face, poof no more stuffy nose
— Jason (@Poopsie_Jones) November 17, 2018
The dog documentary on Netflix is making me cry buckets of tears 😭😭😭
— AK travels ❤️✈️🌸🍁🎒 (@ohstrawberry_) November 17, 2018
Just sobbed my eyes out with Jill and Alaina to episode 2 of ‘DOGS’ the documentary pic.twitter.com/KxrFLuCApI
— Abbey loves Cale (@calskittypaws) November 17, 2018
Crying 5 seconds into the new Dogs documentary on Netflix
— Anna Bruce (@annadbruce) November 16, 2018
What did we do to deserve dogs?
— Rosanna Pillajo (@RosieLiz88) November 17, 2018
Some are unsure if they are mentally ready to embark on such an emotional journey.
I am in no way prepared to watch that dog documentary on Netflix. I just know I’m not ready.
— rachel osterberg (@raaachel_O) November 17, 2018
I wanna watch the dog documentary on Netflix but idk if I’m mentally or emotionally prepared bc FOR SURE I’m gonna cry.
Last time I watched a dog movie I cried during and after bc I miss Banksy so much. pic.twitter.com/5Cl4NqegOi
— P. (@paolaim5) November 16, 2018
And others are sending warnings.
I started watching the Netflix dog documentary today and I urge you if you prefer to keep those feelings inside, like I do, DONT WATCH THIS SHOW IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL THINGS #netflixdogs pic.twitter.com/Nln92wTq4I
— ᴋᴀᴅᴇ (@praisegerardgay) November 17, 2018
— Lucas W. (@LjdubAAL) November 16, 2018
If you want to ease in slowly here’s the trailer. Go ahead, grab some tissues because you will need them.
Oh, and when you’re finished, here’s a picture of my friend’s dog Olive to make you feel better.
Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.