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 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 had 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!


  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.

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

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

    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

  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 :)

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

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

    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 :(

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

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

  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

    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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