Beasts of Burden

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While the members of the Wise Dog society itself are safe (so far), the series routinely shows dead, ghostly, and/or zombified dogs.
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Does an animal die?
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The majority of stories include at least one dead or dying animal.
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Main characters Ace and Rex are shown/stated to have abusive owners.
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Thankfully, no dogs are pitted against each other for sport, though the protagonists more often than not have to engage in melee combat with one or more aggressive entities-- sometimes other dogs.
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Sadly, a handful of cats meet their untimely end throughout the series. Avoid Issue #5: The Gathering Storm, Issue #6: Lost, and Issue #14: What the Cat Dragged in. Fake-out deaths involving cats are also present in Issue #3: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie and Issue #7: Something Whiskered this Way Comes.
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Are there bugs?
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Fire spells are a staple of the series, and are often used in fight sequences. In addition, "The View From The Hill" focuses on a herd of sheep who died in a fire.
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In Issue #6: Lost, not only are several young animals' corpses shown, but the human teen that abducts, tortures, mutilates, and eventually drowns the infant pets is killed by the protagonists. (As he deserved.) In Issue #14: What the Cat Dragged in, a cat's adolescent children pass away while dissipating into skeletons after being freed from a curse keeping them alive.
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[The Presence of Others] A Wise Dog is kidnapped at gunpoint.
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In Issue #6: Lost, a mother dog becomes overwhelmed with grief and sacrifices herself to be with both her and others' deceased children.
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Several ghosts and other apparitions are shown throughout the series.
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Several characters experience trauma and anxiety throughout the series, though none so much as Jack, who becomes faint and paralyzed in one instance, alongside frequent and recurring nightmares.
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In Issue #6: Lost, a mother dog who discovered several deceased young animals-- including her own pups-- commits suicide by plunging herself into the waters to be with them and provide their spirits the motherly comfort that was stolen from them.
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Not inherently sexual, but in Issue #2: The Unfamiliar, a supernatural being with a humanoid body appears, sporting a pair of bare breasts. The naked figure appears again in Issue #14: What the Cat Dragged in. Later, in Issue #10: Food Run, a goblin-like critter is featured that bears a tiny intact penis. All of it rather harmless though.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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While the Wise Dogs always succeed in protecting Burden Hill, the endings of individual stories tend to lean more towards bittersweet.
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Many humans are armed throughout the series. Bullets are fired at both humans and animals.
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Frequent and realistic blood, gore, corpses, dismemberment, etc. Mostly involving animals.
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