Let’s be honest: As a pooch parent, there is nothing worse than settling in for a cozy movie night with your furry BFF only to be totally surprised when the cutie-pie pup in the flick crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Suddenly, you’re sobbing into your dog’s fur, wondering why no one has yet to normalize a disclaimer at the beginning of a film warning us that this is one of those movies where the dog dies.
Not cool, movie producers. Not. Cool. To save us the heartache of accidentally picking the wrong flick for doggy-and-me date night, we turned to the website DoesTheDogDie, which tells you (you guessed it!) whether the dog dies in a movie. From there, we pulled our favorite 10 flicks where the dogs gets to live their best life.
“Air Bud” (1997)
This Disney classic is about a Golden Retriever named Buddy who has the uncanny ability to play basketball. And he’s good at it, too.
Sure, we’d love to know why some dogs never learn to “stay” while Buddy is a natural basketball star, but we’re not asking questions.
It’s also one of our favorite dog movies for kids, so don’t be surprised if, after watching “Air Bud,” your kiddo suddenly takes an interest in teaching the family dog to slam dunk.
“We started DoesTheDogDie as a way to share information on movies that deliberately manipulate your feelings by hurting dogs,” John Whipple, founder of DoesTheDogDie in Texas, tells BeChewy.
Whipple says the site has grown to track over 100 triggers, like animal abuse, snakes and spiders, clowns, ghosts, a parent or child dying and more—so note to self if you’re trying to avoid other tear-inducing situations and phobias.
“The Secret Life of Pets” (2016)
This movie is a hilarious look at what our furry friends (probably) do when we leave them home alone. Like, do we even know our pets at all?!
If you’re looking for options for family movies with dogs, this is a great one.
“Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (1993)
We can almost guarantee this movie will make you cry—but for a good reason.
“Homeward Bound” is the story of two dogs and a cat who embark on a treacherous journey through the California wilderness and all the adventures they have along the way. It’s the perfect addition to your rotation of family movies with dogs.
“Beverly Hills Chihuahua” (2008)
“All Dogs Go to Heaven” (1989)
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