In our house at the moment we are fully up to date with six little pups and a boy called Ryder. Now if you have young kids who are car and animal mad chances are you will know what I am on about. I am talking about of course Nick Jr’s hit show Paw Patrol.
Now Oliver does like a little bit of TV first thing in the morning and also when he’s tired but Paw Patrol has begun to infiltrate other parts of the day to the point that I can name them all. Chase the Police Dog, Sky the Pilot Dog, Rubble the Builder Dog, Marshall the Fire Dog, Rockie the Recycling Dog, and Zooma the Water Dog make up the crew (see I said I could name them all) occasionally backed up by Everest the Snow Dog. Now I’m not sure what attracts Oliver to this show and why it is suddenly such a big hit in our house but I have a feeling it is something to do with the fact that we have a puppy (well one year old dog) and also that the Paw Patrol drive vehicles of various types and he is currently mad on those as well.
For those that don’t know Paw Patrol it is about six Pups and a human boy called Ryder that are essentially the emergency services for a town called Adventure Bay. The Dogs all have kennels that when they are called into action transform into the various vehicles they drive, be it a police car or a fire engine or even a helicopter. The show has a sort of Power Rangers or Transformers feel but without the violence and normally the only crime is an animal escaping from a train or boulders blocking the trainline, there’s also been one about the lighthouse not working and fog rolling in meaning they have to get it working again. However every now and then they do a serious episode that has real meaning, for example they did an episode about a beached whale and they had to get it back into the water before it dried out (died) and I was impressed that a show aimed at toddlers was able to convey this in a way that the kids enjoyed but also got a message that all life was important and you should do your best to save it where possible.
If I’m honest Oliver watches so little TV that when he does I’m happy he chooses something like Paw Patrol over Peppa Pig and of you’ve never seen it then I would say give it a go there are a lot worse programmes out there.