Does the Dog Die?


I have a record of picking terrible movies to watch on airplanes. I once chose Marley & Me to watch on a long flight and extraordinarily embarrassed myself by hysterically ugly-sobbing the entire flight. If I had known the movie was sad, I would not have watched it in such a public, confined space. Who even allowed that movie to be put on the airplane selection? Surely they don’t want a bunch of over-emotional passengers who need to be calmed down with copious amounts of ginger ale and pretzels.

My mother’s response to this was: “It’s a ‘dog movie.’ How did you NOT know it would be sad?”  To which I argued that it was advertised as a comedy and that not all “dog movies” are sad, like Because of Winn-Dixie, Beethoven, and Air Bud. I then went to Google to find more movies that were not sad “dog movies,” and I came across this fantastic website: Does the Dog Die?

There’s actually a website meant to warn you if pets die in a movie. The site is not just limited to dogs, but animals in general. They give a movie three ratings: a grey crying dog face if a pet dies, a brown sad dog face if a pet appears dead or is injured but lives, and a yellow happy dog face if no pets die.

So, if there are any sensitive animal lovers out there like me, the next time we see a “dog movie,” we can be prepared.


Mary is a mermaid in training. She is a proud glitter enthusiast, hopeless slushy addict, and avid nail polish collector. Old songs and old movies are her favorites. If she is not on some crazy adventure, you will find her with her nose stuck in a book. Every day she attempts to do at least one thing that scares her.


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