Most moviegoers today can handle a disturbing amount of on-screen carnage. Mass planetary extinction? Two tickets, please. A film about a zombie outbreak that leaves billions dead? Sounds fun!
But there's one thing many do not, under any circumstances, handle well: A flick where the dog (or cat, or horse, or hamster, etc.) dies. That's crossing the line.
Fortunately, there's a website that can help remove the anxiety surrounding a pooch's potential fate. Aptly titled Does the Dog Die, the simple site for pet-loving movie buffs lists hundreds of films featuring furry companions (but mostly dogs). The site then lets users know if the dog dies, suffers an injury, or wags its tail all the way to a happy ending.
Been jonesing to watch "C.H.U.D. II — Bud the Chud" but worried that it might feature the untimely demise of a pooch? This is the site for you (and, by the way, those fears are well-founded). Thinking about treating your special lady to an evening showing of "Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch" but aren't sure if Air Bud will live to retrieve another day? Click and you'll know the score.
But for those who have put their lives on hold, wanting to watch "Ernest Goes to Jail" but too frightened about what might happen — don't worry, the dog doesn't die.
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