Hate to Watch a Movie That Involves a Sad Dog Plot? This Website Can Warn You Ahead of Time

Keanu Reeves, in happier times with his pup, in John Wick (2014).
Keanu Reeves, in happier times with his pup, in John Wick (2014).
David Lee, Summit Entertainment

Few things can ruin a movie for audiences faster than an injured, sick, or dead dog onscreen. Aside from John Wick getting a multi-film franchise out of his departed pet, viewers rarely feel comfortable watching dogs suffer, even in fictional tales.

Fortunately, as Simplemost reports, there’s a way to pre-screen your entertainment for the presence of disturbing canine-related content in movies, television, and books: Head over to DoestheDogDie.com and type in your selection. If the site has the title in its database—there are currently more than 4000 films and roughly 838 television series—it will pull up a list of user-generated answers. For example, type in 1957’s Old Yeller, the infamous feature in which the titular dog has to be put down during the film’s climax, and you’ll see that the dog does indeed meet an untimely end. Search for 1984’s Ghostbusters and you’ll find that no dogs are depicted as being harmed.

The site covers a variety of animals, including cats and horses, and even points out if a film has other common triggers like clowns, plane crashes, or the use of needles. It’s free to use, but $12 a year will remove ads from your browsing experience.

As for 2014's John Wick: the site does indeed caution viewers about the fate of Wick’s dog. As one user wrote: “Yes, and it’s terrible, BUT John Wick spends the rest of the movie deliberately, gloriously, and violently avenging the dog, so it feels really pro-dog overall.”

[h/t Simplemost]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture


This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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No Squawking, Please: A Backyard Bird Library Is the Star of This Livestream

Bird Library, YouTube
Bird Library, YouTube

Many people discovered backyard birding when they were quarantined in their homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you have a vibrant wildlife population in your area, the Bird Library webcam is worth checking out. As Atlas Obscura reports, the bird feeder at the focus of the livestream resembles a tiny library where feathered guests can misbehave.

Librarian Rebecca Flowers and woodworker Kevin Cwalina were inspired to build the Bird Library in 2015. Located in a backyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, it features a miniature reading chair, bookshelves, and a reception desk. The decorations are even updated to match the seasons; the feeder currently sports a banner that says "Summer Reading." The main differences setting it apart from a real library are the bird seed scattered on the floor and the avian visitors.

The Bird Library attracts a diverse collection of patrons. Sparrows, cardinals, and mourning doves have been recorded perching on the librarian's desk and checking out the reading materials. The occasional squirrel has also been known to stop by.

Live video of the feeder streams on the Bird Library's YouTube page and website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can play the video below to check in on the current guests. If the backyard Bird Library has inspired you to find birds closer to home, here's some gear for beginner naturalists.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]