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September 4, 2013

A Site For Those Of You Still Traumatized By 'Old Yeller'

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I admit it. I hated the move Old Yeller. I watched it as a child at my mother's recommendation because it was "such a good movie." So imagine my surprise when the hero dog ends up with rabies and has to be shot! I cried for hours. I felt similar betrayal with Where the Red Fern Grows

For those of you who relate to my childhood tale of woe and even now, as an adult, have difficulty stomaching the possibility of a dog dying in a movie, there is a website just for you:

Does the Dog Die?

Does the Dog Die is a site that lists 648 movies that feature animals which that answers the most important movie question with the following key:

Happy Dog Icon: No pets die.
Sad Dog Icon: A pet is injured or appears dead but ultimately lives.


Crying Dog Icon: A pet dies.

Not all movies have to do with dogs, actually. For instance, "Charlotte's Web" gets the crying icon rating because although Wilbur the pig does not die, Charlotte, the spider does.  

According to their site, Does the Dog Die acts as an easy reference as to the fate of a pet without spoiling the plot of the movie. The site does not judge the movie quality, however. For example, The Seven Psychopaths gets a happy dog rating because while dogs are kidnapped and occasionally are threatened with guns, ultimately none are harmed. Still, that probably wouldn't be my first choice for sitting down for a family movie night. 

Regardless, this is a great site for our fellow softies who love their pets!

Photo by Benoit Dupont.

Debbie on September 4 at 9:20 PM said:

I must admit this sounds like an interesting site as often I have starting watching a movie only to regret the choice because an animal dies. At the very least with this site you can go into the film prepared for the outcome.
Michele on September 4 at 9:36 PM said:

im with you, Im forever traumatized by both movies. ive watched it when i was a kid, over 40 yrs ago and till this day, I refuse to watch it again. Warned my kids not to watch it too, as they are also animal lovers. i wish someone was there to warn me back then.

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