Which TV death is worse- Man or Dog?

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    Sep 07, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    Last night on Defying Gravity, they had a dying dog as a hallucination and I realized I'm much more affected by seeing a dog die in a show than a person-

    So the question is-

    Does anyone else have a bigger problem with this or another animal dying in shows than people? Maybe its just wierd for me because i've never had a pet (someone i see everyday, Sleeps next to me) die, while i've had friends and people physically close to me die in front of me... anyone care to comment?
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    Sep 07, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    Much worse to see a dog die.
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    Sep 07, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    definitely the dog, ya know, you can get another human but once that dogs gone... that's it man, he's gone icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 07, 2009 11:58 PM GMT

    Cat, I still shed a silent tear for Church now and then.
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    Sep 08, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    I think I'd have to agree w/lilT... I have had a few dogs that I loved that also loved me unconditionally. That's a tough one to get from a human no matter who they are.
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    Sep 08, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    I had one dog who had to be euthanized at the vet. I wouldn't let him die with strangers, so the doc let me in, and I held him on the table, petting and talking to him, as he got the shot. He faded away in my arms. That was tough.

    I lost a human very close to me, and he died in my arms, too, of incurable disease in a nursing home. That was tougher.

    As for TV deaths, or movies for that matter, I'm usually not moved by either men or dogs dying. Only when I know it's a portrayal of something real & factual, not a fictional creation. And then the person matters more to me, though both can upset me.
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    Sep 08, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    I don't know if it's just because it's a dog, or if it has more to do with the writers ability to tug at your heart strings, but a dying dog gets me every time.

    Have you ever read, "Old Yeller ?"
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    Sep 08, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    I think that its "easier" to see a human die than a animal for many reasons.

    1. We see humans die all the time in media, shows, etc. We get to be desensitized to it.

    2. Many of us have lost a pet before. Something we can all identify with.

    Now, in real life, to see someone die, actually witness it. Id be crushed. Not sure I ever want to see anyone's end of life, exactly when it happens.

    Either way, not a fun thing.
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    Sep 08, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    Old Yeller knows very well what he did



    As Epiphany mentioned, tv shows have people die more frequently. So it really depends on how a person's death is handled. Pets rarely die onscreen. And when they do, the subject of their death, on average, probably has more airtime. Also, pets are shown surrounded by loved ones, and how the loved ones are grieving. With humans, the people on screen the most relating to someone's death is usually someone in law enforcement or a doctor. So it's not someone who has a close bond with the deceased. Which makes it hard to emotionally connect with that death.
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    Sep 08, 2009 7:30 AM GMT
    It is the dog. I cried so watching "Vidas Secas" a Brazilian film that I was no good for the rest of the day.
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    Sep 08, 2009 12:54 PM GMT
    I think its because we see humans die so often and we are all aware of our own mortality. In this sense its not so bad anymore. Its so much easier to just move.

    I suppose animals have a vulnerability about them that makes us worry them so much. Much like we do with our own babies. The vulnerable and helpless something is, with a little bit of added cuteness, its much easier to affect us.