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