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Discovery Channel features Colorado avalanche rescue dog

ASPEN, Colo. (AP)  What began 10 years ago as two Basalt kids' passion for producing ski films has since evolved into a full-fledged, award-winning production company with big-name clients and millions of viewers.

Vital Films co-founders Matt Hobbs and Cael Jones  along with hundreds of millions of Americans  were able to watch the pinnacle of the company's career premiere on national television.

"Dogs: The Untold Story" is a new Discovery Channel series that explores the origins and camaraderie of man and dog via five segments shot around the world.

Episode two of the series, titled "Wild Workers," highlights the relationship between Snowmass ski patroller Dan Berg and his avalanche rescue dog, Piper.

Jones and Hobbs, in collaboration with the U.K.-based Plimsoll Productions group and executive producer Martha Holmes, produced the segment for Discovery Networks International.

Hobbs, a Roaring Fork Valley native, said, "As a filmmaker, shows like Planet Earth, Life (and) Blue Planet are what really inspired me to stay at home and get into more nature-driven content.

"I think those are some of the best shows on television," he said. "To help with a slice of one of their new projects, I think is one of the coolest things ever."

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