Gander: America's Hero Dog

Gander: America's Hero Dog


Winner Screen Critix Awards: Best Documentary 2017

Official Selection: Atlanta Docufest

Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards: Best Documentary

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival: Best Short Documentary, Best Producer Diane Mellen March 2017

Official Selection: Atlanta Docufest 2018

Official Selection: Macon Film Festival 2018




About the documentary


A story about the remarkable life of a shelter turned service dog.

Gander was rescued from a kill shelter in Pueblo, Colorado and later trained as a Service Dog in Denver.  He was paired with Lon Hodge, a Vietnam Veteran who suffers from PTSD and autoimmune issues.  Together they travel the country advocating for Veteran Suicide Prevention and Service Dog Awareness.  Filmmakers, Diane Mellen and Stacey Stone followed Lon Hodge and Gander over the course of 7 months. This documentary is an uplifting look into one Veteran’s journey with PTSD and the Service Dog who saved his life.



The look of love and the wisdom of the Universe
— Kathy T.




"Inspiring short film...will make you laugh and possibly cry"   Screencritix

"Moisture to my eyes but i was smiling too"   Diamond in the rough

"Funny and touching moments...filled with the power to make you feel all warm and fuzzy"   Indyred

"wonderfully balanced and unashamedly Emotional revelations...excellent moments of social commentary...fervent voice and exceptional filmmaking"   UK FILM REVIEW

"Pulls on the heartstrings"  One Film Fan





Pace Films is a Production Company based in Los Angeles dedicated to the creation of making documentaries that are entertaining and thought provoking.  Pace Films was founded by Diane Mellen and Stacey Stone whose mission is to bring fresh perspectives to compelling stories and social issues.