What this site does:
Answers the question, "Does the dog/cat/horse/gerbil/etc. die in this film?" If
the dog icon is happy, no pets die or are hurt in the film. If the dog is sad,
that means a pet is harmed or threatened in the film but does not die. And if
the dog is crying, that means a pet dies in the film. You can click on the title
of the film for an explanation (may contain spoilers).What this site does not do:
Why are there so few movies listed here where no
pets die or are harmed?
- Review or pass judgment on films. Just because the film has a happy dog icon
doesn't mean the film is good. Likewise a sad dog icon doesn't mean the film is
bad. Use your own judgement.
- Protest animal cruelty. Remember that "no animals were harmed during filming"
statement that you see on most films? These are just movies and the violence is
almost always fake. Yes, animal cruelty is bad but that is not the point of this
- List every movie ever made. Do you remember a dog in X-men? A cat in My Best
Friend's Wedding? A parakeet in Inception? No? Then there's no point in listing
- Cover every single instance of something bad happening to an animal in a movie.
The focus here is on scenes involving a pet that people like us might find
traumatic. If a random horse falls down during a gunfight in Young Guns, you
won't find that mentioned here. Ditto animals that die in hunting or fishing
scenes, unless it’s exceptionally traumatic.
We don't give the Does the Dog Die treatment to every movie. The only reason we
bother with the happy dog rating is for movies where it seems like a pet might
get hurt or die but doesn't. For example, in The Adventures of Milo and Otis a
cat and a dog go on scary adventures but they happily survive.
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