Dog Day Blogathon



The lovely Allie over at Often Off Topic is hosting a one day blogathon in honor of National Dog Day! Here are the rules:

1)Write a dog-related movie post for your blog. Tell us about your favourite on-screen canine, put together a Top 10 list, whatever your creative minds can think of.
2)Publish your post on Sunday 26th August 2018, on National Dog Day.
3)Either send me a link to your post as a comment here, send it to me on Twitter, or email it to allieisoftenofftopic@gmail.com. Heck, write the link on a post-it note and stick it on my front door if you like! Just let me know!
4)Optional: Do you have a dog? Or perhaps you had a dog you sorely miss? Share them with us, all dogs should be celebrated!

5)On the following day, I’ll create a master post with links to everyone’s posts.


I've talked about this before, but I cannot handle dog death in film. Any canine death hits me harder than any other animal. I know why. I blame my day care center who thought it was totally okay to show a bunch of four year olds Old Yeller. Because of this, I avoid movies where dogs play a huge part. So I decided to make a list using a popular writing trope. Here's five dog movies that I despise and three that make me happy.


1) Old Yeller - Remind me again what lesson I was supposed to learn from this piece of torture porn? That a poor dogs gets mauled by several different animals to protect some bratty children only to contract rabies and get shot at the end? Fuck you.

2) Homeward Bound - Why did that dog have to fall through the railroad tracks?! Fuck you. 

3) Where The Red Fern Grows - Shout out to my 6th grade teacher who made us read this book AND watch the film version. And you know what, a red fern didn't even grow between their graves in real life. The author made that up. Fuck you. 

4) Stone Fox - A kid enters a dog sled race to win money to save the family farm only for his dog's heart to burst right before the finish line. Another product of my school*. Fuck you.

5) My Dog Skip - Was the shovel hit really necessary? Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck you.

And the superior dog flicks....

Beginners - You go Arthur. You beautiful thing that wasn't sacrificed to the alter of shitty doggy death tropes. 

Please Stand By - This adorable little dog wears a Star Trek sweater throughout the entire film. How can you not love that. 


Anchorman - Sure, Baxter gets punted off the bridge but Adam McKay at the decency to make it obvious it was a stuffed animal. 



*Discussion question: Was my elementary school district full of sadists? Yes or no?

Thanks for hosting, Allie!

13 comments:

  1. Yeah, I'm with you on My Dog Skips and Old Yeller. 2 annoying films that demand that you cry. As a former dog owner, I can't watch any film where the dog dies. That's just wrong.

    Beginners and Anchorman. Now those are great dog movies.

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    1. Agreed. Loosing my childhood dog has prevented me from ever getting another one. It was so hard to go through.

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  2. This was hilarious. I totally understand where you coming from. And yeah, your school district was full of sadists. Great post!

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    1. I hope they're proud of what I've become from showing me those films....bitching about it on the internet decades later. lol

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  3. I love sweary blogathon posts! And this one in particular is amazing, ha! I've only seen 1 of your 'fuck you' picks but now I know to avoid the rest! Thanks so much for taking part :)

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    1. Yes please avoid all of them and vet your daughter's school so they are not forced upon her lol

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  4. Ugh, poor little you. Terrible.
    I saw All Dogs Go to Heaven as a kid and I still haven't recovered.

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    1. See, that on I could mostly handle. Probably because it was a cartoon and mostly comedic. Though when I think of that now, I think of Judith Barsi (voice actress for Anne Marie) and how terrible her death was :(

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  5. Ommmgg Beginners! I've been meaning to re-watch that movie, because it gives me all the feels. Thanks for the reminder :D

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    1. It's such a lovely little film. I wouldn't mind rewatching it myself.

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  6. I love your tips for avoiding certain dog movies and would add Marley and Me to it. I cried like a baby. Disney, back in the day, loved teaching young people that one has to become an adult so let's kill the animal mom (Bambi), or kill off a dog..I hated Old Yeller when that happened. I don't know your picks but I would add Lassie, Come Home because it ends on a high note, The Wizard of Oz because Toto rocks and Benji which was a mega hit back in the early 70's. This was one film that my dad took us to see in the drive in

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    1. I don't know how I missed this comment but is that the Lassie movie where he falls down a waterfall? Because I seem to remember that.

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