Saturday, January 15, 2011

Abducted by stupid pet movies

About twenty minutes ago I received a text message from my mother informing me that my parents had to put our family dog to sleep this morning.

Now I should say straight off the bat that Coco was 14 years old and part rottweiler, so she lived a very good long life. I'm 28 years old now and I still remember when we went to get Coco and our other dog Chanel as puppies the summer before I entered high school. Coco was an outdoor dog and I am not an outdoor human. My sisters were always more attached to our dogs because in the summers while they were outside working on their tans I was inside reading books and watching tv. But I do have very fond memories of Coco and she was a very sweet dog.

Even though I am sad that she is gone I am more sad for my parents. Ever since my sisters and I have left home they have become even more dependent on our dogs so I know this is very hard on them. But really just find myself pissed off.

For some reason I can't helping thinking of stupid pet movies and wondering what bastard out there in Hollywood thought they were a good idea.

Like hello, All Dogs Go To Heaven? Okay, yes, there was a time (before I had dogs of my own that were getting up there in age) when I thought that was a cute movie. But NO when you really think about it that movie is stupid. What ass hole in Hollywood thought "Hey I know, let's make a movie about a dog that will go to great lengths to protect his owner and then have him die in the end to remind kids that, yes, we know you love your dogs and they love you but guess what we all have to go sometime!"

I'm sorry I know that was one hell of a run on sentence but I'm grieving so no griping!!!

And okay those freaking Homeward Bound movies!?! WHOSE F*#K%ING IDEA WAS THAT!!!???!!!
I adopted my own dog Riley about two and a half years ago and the first time I had to leave him behind when I was going out of town I was a wreck! I knew my sister would take wonderful care of him but I was so messed up in the head from watching Homeward Bound that I was convinced he would think I was leaving him behind for good.

Don't get me started on stupid movies like Marley and Me and My Dog about depressing!!!

And I wont even go near Old Yeller and I have learned recently to never watch Turner and Hootch even though I wanted to because I love old school Tom Hanks. But those are two movies that I've never seen and never will!

But what I really don't get is why if you google "sad pet movies" or whatever, the majority of the movies that will come up are DISNEY!!! WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!

When I was a kid, and we would be watching scary movies with my mom, she swore to us that there was an actual law that stated you can not kill children and dogs in movies, period. I'm not even going to tell you how long I actually believed this to be true. I mean I really believed it. But I beg the question, WHY? Why is that not a law? That should be a law! You should not be allowed to kill dogs in movies! (Oh yeah, don't kill the kids either.) Okay, yes, maybe that would be somewhat unrealistic but they should at least put a big warning on it for explicit material if they are going to go around killing dogs! - I'm not really a big cat person so they can fend for themselves.

Sorry for all the venting, but it really has helped. Since I'm at work now and I can't go into the back and fall apart it is easier to stay pissed.

If you actually read this whole post let me hear from you.

What stupid pet movies do you think totally suck ass?

I'm going to stick with Homeward Bound and All Dogs Go To Heaven.


Annette Mills said...

Yes, I read your post and I'm a big dog lover. I did read Marley and Me, but refuse to see the movie. You could do a separate post on BOOKS that have the same problem. And, you didn't mention Sounder (don't watch that one!) Also, Bambi is about deer, but has the same problem. My son got SOOO upset after he saw that movie when he was little. He became obsessed with the fact that I might die. You should read "No More Dead Dogs" by Gordan Korman. Hang in there.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Aww, I'm sorry to hear the bad news, Bittner. Sorry I haven't been available today, I just really needed a day completely, and selfishly to myself. I've been working on the answers to One Day though, so I'll email you tonight or in the morning! :)

Virginia Prigg said...

I'm really sorry about your dog, I can only begin to imagine how upsetting it must be. I suggest a good uplifting read, though it's not likely to completely lift your spirits it might give them a nudge in the right direction.
Sorry again, hope things get better.

Unknown said...

Damn, Bittner. I'm sorry about Coco. Big hug.

I'm not much for animal movies myself. I can barely drive past a squished 'possum on the roadside without welling up. Where the Red Fern Grows and The Yearling were books and movies that ripped my heart out with a spoon and then played hacky-sack with it. Ugh.

Is it sick that I'm OK with movies and (most) books where people die, but not animals??

I've found that watching an episode or two of The Dog Whisperer puts me back in the right frame of mind after a traumatic dog/cat/horse/deer book or movie. The real dogs and real owners go on to live happy lives ever after. (Also doesn't hurt that I have a huge crush on Cesar Millan.)

Bittner said...

Thank you all so much for your comforting comments! I really appreciate them. It is strange how we are more comfortable having people die in books but can't handle it when it is animals. I think it is because we see animals as so defenseless and...well I know for me personally, we are worried that they don't understand what is happening. Wow, okay that is a really depressing thought that is so not helping!

Moving on, I did just finish a very uplifting read that will be featured in my next post.

Thank you all again!

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