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Just me or are others more bothered by a dog dying in a film/tv programme than humans?

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SJaneS48 Thu 10-Sep-20 08:15:11

We re watched ‘ I am Legend’ last night - not the best film to watch in the middle of a pandemic! Though it was sad his daughter and wife died accidentally, I was a hell of a lot bothered by the dog dying! I’d also definitely go full John Wick (without the firearms and any martial arts ability obviously!). I’m not sure if I’m missing some empathy chip but I’m definitely more involved about what happens to the dog in haunted house horror films than I am the families!

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Itsrainingnotmen Thu 10-Sep-20 08:17:46

I always shout at the TV that I hope no ddog was hurt in the making of this! Dh rolls his eyes if a ddog is ever on scene!

Heptember Thu 10-Sep-20 08:19:49

Yeah me grin isn't it awful? I don't think I'm a sociopath... but I definitely get more upset when the serial killer gets the dog, rather than the five humans that he's already offed.

It's that little whimper that they always include sad

lurker101 Thu 10-Sep-20 08:20:53

Me too! Never watch “A dog’s purpose” I made that mistake on a flight once and cried from start to finish 💔

CupcakesK Thu 10-Sep-20 08:25:45

Me too. You expect deaths of humans in certain films before you start watching, but the dogs’ deaths always take you by surprise and they never deserve it. Definitely not a sociopath!

CaptainMyCaptain Thu 10-Sep-20 08:28:25

It's because dogs are so innocent (no malice or scheming - they are what they are). Not that the victims of crime aren't innocent too but it's different.

SJaneS48 Thu 10-Sep-20 08:29:43

Not seen that but I tend to avoid any film with a brave dog struggling in horrible situations as I get very very stressed - it’s been that way since I watched ‘The Incredible Journey’ as a kid and was completely traumatised!

I don’t think I’m a sociopath either (at least, I hope not!) and it’s not that I don’t give a monkeys about the humans.. I just care a bit (lot!) more about the dog making it through!

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Heptember Thu 10-Sep-20 08:30:40

And also, we understand that humans know from an early age that other humans are capable of terrible things. But a dogs nature is so innocent and trusting...sad

lynsey91 Thu 10-Sep-20 08:31:36

Yes I do. I have watched I am Legend twice and both times cried when the dog died.

DH said "so you don't care that so many humans died?" and I just said "no".

BiteyShark Thu 10-Sep-20 08:39:03

We can't watch I am legend anymore as both of us know what's coming with the dog sad

cosmopolitanplease Thu 10-Sep-20 08:46:04

Yes, as soon as an animal appears in a film I say 'I hope nothing happens to it'. I was so angry about the tiger in The Walking Dead, even though I'd happily watched countless humans eaten alive!

I do wonder if something's wrong with me. I can't watch The Supervet because of the stress it causes me (it's not always a happy ending!) but I am an avid watcher of 24 Hours in A&E, Ambulance etc. I do have empathy for innocent people but age has made a misanthrope of me.

StCharlotte Thu 10-Sep-20 08:51:25

The first time we watched Marley & Me we had just got a beautiful rescue yellow Lab. Towards the end of the film our dog took to his basket and faced towards the wall as if he knew and couldn't bear to watch what was coming!

The second time at that point DH went and made tea and returned distinctly pink eyed.

We lost our gorgeous boy last year after 11 great years. We won't watch it ever again.

I'm the same with cats.

Anotherlovelybitofsquirrel Thu 10-Sep-20 08:58:24

Me too! Never watch “A dog’s purpose” I made that mistake on a flight once and cried from start to finish 💔

Oh definitely. I was in a right state watching this!

There's a website where you can check if the dog dies in a movie grin

gubbbbbddaaaa Thu 10-Sep-20 09:03:20

Yeah I'm the same , it's a great film but very sad when he has to kill
His dog 😔

SJaneS48 Thu 10-Sep-20 09:05:06

I think with cats I trust them on some level to get themselves out of a difficult situation and have a bit more common sense/less prone to stupid acts of loyalty if you know what I mean?! I’d put a lot more money on our cat making it of the house if a killer got in during the night than the dog. The dog would probably offer him tea and biscuits. The dog would be a gonna!

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bengalcat Thu 10-Sep-20 09:42:07

Me too - if there’s a fire in a book , film or real life my first concern is the dog, cat and any other wildlife .

Dragongirl10 Thu 10-Sep-20 09:47:02

Not surprising at all really as Dogs are so much nicer than most humans.....

pigsDOfly Thu 10-Sep-20 18:13:45

Yeah, another one here.

Dogs are so trusting and vulnerable.

I almost always stop reading books or watching things if it looks like a dog is going to be hurt or killed. I find it too upsetting.

The only book that I didn't stop reading where a dog was hurt was a detective story that started with the detective punching a man he saw beating a dog with a stick. He knocked the guy out, took the dog home and kept him as his well cared for pet.

It wasn't a particularly memorable book and that's pretty much all I can recall about it, but I finished reading it because I thought he was such a hero grin

Thesuzle Thu 10-Sep-20 18:46:49

Yes. I cry over the dogs but also get very distressed at seeing and hearing babies/young children screaming in fright, as adult actors shout over their heads
Who would let their baby on set for this to happen to them ?

birthdaybelle Thu 10-Sep-20 19:01:38

I'm 100% with you

MashedSweetSpud Thu 10-Sep-20 19:05:09

I agree.

I watch through my fingers and say “Nooo, not the dog/cat/other animal”.

StillMedusa Thu 10-Sep-20 19:13:31

Totally.. I am legend has me in bits. And any other film where an animal suffers. It's their innocence. Humans do horrible things to humans but animals just ARE.
It extends to me not being able to visit some countries because of the starving animals around. I KNOW there are humans living in abject poverty but show me a thin beaten donkey and I cannot cope.
Even visiting Rome.. there were so many stray cats I found it really hard to see (I also have cats).

In my defence I support both animal and human charities monthly!!!

Bargebill19 Thu 10-Sep-20 19:19:14

Me too. Any hint of an animal coming to harm or worse and that’s it for me. Even if it’s a cartoon character.
Human characters - meh!

StCharlotte Thu 10-Sep-20 19:23:12

Red Dog is another sad

Balaur Thu 10-Sep-20 19:26:11

Yes, I'm the same sociopathic can handle humans getting offed in films etc but not animals. It IS their innocence i think.

Pigsdofly I'm pretty sure that was one of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series of books. I remember it particularly because that scene was set in a park I live very close to.

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