Can't get enough 'DogTown'?

It’s all about Dogtown — the real thing, on the grounds of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary — as depicted in the "DogTown" series on the National Geographic Channel.

Now, back by popular demand, National Geographic Television is releasing "DogTown" in a special set that showcases Best Friends’ special-needs dogs, caregivers and trainers. A companion book is being released as well. On top of that, a "DogTown" game for PCs — where consumers can play caregiver, trainer and veterinarian — will also be available for purchase.

The three-disc standard-definition set, which includes all 10 season three episodes, also highlights bonus programs "Archie and Electra’s New Run," "Rescue Dogs" and a primer on Best Friends. It also recaps a special case from Emmylou Harris’ Tennessee animal rescue.

Sherry Woodard, Best Friends’ animal behavior expert and consultant, went to Nashville, where country music legend Harris runs Bonaparte’s Retreat, a sanctuary for rescued dogs. While there, Woodard spent time with Gunnar, a troubled dog posing a challenge for the staff.

At the end of Sherry’s visit to Nashville, Harris headed out in her tour bus with two of her dogs and a group of musicians, knowing that Gunnar had made progress. Woodard’s work with Gunnar is featured in the "DogTown" series.

The DVD set, titled "DogTown: Friends in Need," is available for pre-order. The book, "DOGTOWN: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption" by Stefan Bechtel, includes 50 black and white photos.

Season four of "DogTown" debuts January 2010 on the National Geographic Channel.

For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.

For more about DogTown at Best Friends, click here.

Written by Cathy Scott

Photo by Molly Wald

DVD image courtesy of National Geographic

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