Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies-in-training and working guide dogs attended the Napa Valley Film Festival screening of the acclaimed documentary Pick of the Litter on Thursday, November 8, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

The “step-and-repeat” before the screening was an adorable photo opp for anyone attending. The feel-great film follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guides for Guide Dogs for Blind.

Filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy spent two years in the lives of these puppies, whose ultimate responsibility would be to help their blind or visually impaired handler lead a more safe, independent and fulfilling life. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to cultivate amazing, life-changing skills in the service of their human partners. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut – only the pick of the litter will succeed. Don Hardy and Chris Benninger, CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, attended the event and held a Q&A following the screening.

The movie is audio described so that audiences of all abilities were able to enjoy it. To view the trailer and for a complete list of theatres, visit: www.guidedogs.com/pickofthelitter