But What Happens to the Dog?

Ever since a childhood trauma involving a sobbing fit in the lobby of the Malco Theatre after viewing the climactic scene of Old Yeller, I have never been able to finish a book or a movie that featured the death of a beloved pet.  Many times, I have been lulled into a false feeling of security, only to be mentally cast back to that empty theatre lobby.  I don't want to produce any major spoilers, but who remembers The Yearling?  What about Where the Red Fern Grows?  No, thank you.  I'll sacrifice substance for peace of mind.  If you share my strange phobia, here are a few book and movie titles that are enjoyable and safe for your consumption.  If you have other suggestions, please leave them in the comments.

  • Dog on it:  a Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn - Chet, the loyal dog to Bernie's private investigator, narrates this amusing mystery and helps provide Bernie with many clues a human would miss.
  • Bolt - This charming Disney movie features a dog who plays a Superhero on TV and isn't aware that he lives on a film set.  When he gets lost, it takes a not-so-friendly cat to help him learn the ways of the world.
  • Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie - The true star of this romance by popular author Crusie is Fred, the elderly Basset hound that recently divorced heroine Nina Askew can't resist adopting.
  • Best in Show - The dogs in this film are certainly upstaged by their crazy owners, but this hilarious comedy is a favorite of many dog lovers.
  • Play Dead by David Rosenfelt - New Jersey defense attorney and dog rescuer Andy Carpenter saves a dog on Death Row and uses him as a key witness in a murder case.