We spend untold amounts of money and energy on beloved canine family members. Still, we invest comparatively little to safeguard the early life of those puppies who will become so dear. Laudable efforts to improve the lot of dogs are largely directed at “rescue” after abandonment, neglect, or abuse. What if we cared from the beginning? Kate Fulkerson strives to provide puppies the best possible start in life. She regards them as “little beings” that need careful birthing, enough time with their mother, and distinctly positive training before they go to carefully matched committed families and their “forever home.”
Conrad Fulkerson is a psychiatrist who grew up near Kansas City. For thirty years he has taught medical students to care about their patients as they care for them. He has dreamed of making films since age nine, when his younger sister would only participate in his little plays if playing a “princess.” The CDS community is helping him to share the meaning he finds in the world and realize his dream. He has produced videos for medical student teaching and brief biographies. He lives with his wife Kate, a psychologist, in Person County, North Carolina, where they breed Labrador Retrievers and focus on who dogs are and what they need.
Conrad Fulkerson earned the Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in May 2011.
Read more about the spring 2011 Certificate in Documentary Arts graduates and their projects at cdsporch.org/archives/6828.