Nat Geo Wild’s Barkfest, Tiny Dogs, Big Heart

Laura plays with her rescue pups at Dolittle's Ranch. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Daniel Wall)

Laura plays with her rescue pups at Dolittle’s Ranch. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Daniel Wall)

The second annual Barkfest premieres Friday, April 15th, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD. 

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 4/15/2016 – “This is an all bark, no bite weekend guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings,” says NatGeo WILD EVP Geoff Daniels, “We’ve uncovered fascinating stories, intriguing evolutionary anomalies, touching medical cases, and some of the world’s funniest dogs.”

It’s a three-night dogs TV marathon: Chihuahuas, Funny Dogs, What Mutts Are Made of, How Dogs Got Their Shapes and Sizes and Dr. Pol Dog-a-POL-ooza. Saving dogs on Second Chance Chihuahuas, an in-depth look at what mutts are made of, why breeds come in different shapes and sizes, a look at the world’s funniest dogs, and the best doggy moments from The Incredible Dr. Pol and Cesar 911.

April 15, 2016 9/8c

World’s Funniest Dogs

Whether it’s chewed up shoes, or an extremely excited dog that tackles you like a linebacker, these cute but mischievous dogs are making their owners ask, “Oh, what did you do this time?!” Welcome to World’s Funniest Dogs. This special features some of the most unbelievable videos of dogs doing hilarious mischief. We also meet the owners and dogs to see if these loving troublemakers are still up to no good, or if they’ve reformed their ways.

Friday April 15, 2016 10/9c

Playful Morie on set. (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Brian Armstrong)

Playful Morie on set. (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Brian Armstrong)

Who’s Your Doggie?

Ever meet a dog and wonder what breed it is? Where it gets its looks or its non-stop energy? Every day dog owners across America speculate exactly what their mutts are made of. Who’s Your Doggie? has the answer. In this special we take six dogs and dig deep into their family roots. After owners explain their mutts’ curious behaviors and physical traits, we bring in a team of experts to do their own analysis. Then we settle the score… with a DNA test. Each breed is revealed, and the results may shock you. With an almost endless list of breed combinations, Who’s Your Doggie covers the big, the small, the cute, and the odd.

Saturday April 16, 2016 9/8c

Second Chance Chihuahuas

Small towns are under attack. A terrible menace is stalking the streets. Believe it or not, packs of chihuahuas, are wreaking havoc in cities including Phoenix and Los Angeles. But one couple is committed to giving these tiny terrors a second chance. We follow Laura Dash and Jim Peterson as they run Dolittle’s Ranch in Studio City, California, where they have rescued more than 2,000 chihuahuas over the past 10 years. You’ll gain a new appreciation for these petite pooches as you see them taken off the streets, rehabilitated, and adopted into loving homes. Chihuahuas are America’s second most euthanized dog, but Laura and Jim do their best to give as many as they can a second chance.

Sunday April 17, 2016 9/8c

How Dogs Got Their Shapes

Man’s best friend comes in many different shapes and sizes. From the three-pound Yorkie to the 200-pound Great Dane, from a wrinkled shar-pei to the super sleek greyhound, it’s hard to believe that these creatures are all the same species. How Dogs Got Their Shapes looks at dogs from their cute noses to their adorable paws. Discover amazing ways that different breeds’ shapes have changed over time. These specialized features help dogs work, hunt, swim, corral, protect, hear and track. This special is a mix of science, history, and surprising, weird facts to learn all about today’s modern dogs.

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