Recently, I was in the middle of a riveting book, a book so riveting that I ignored basic human needs in order to finish it. While nearing the end, something unforgivable happened. Something that changed my life forever.
The dog died.
I went into a deep mourning period that has still lasted to this day. It may last a lifetime for all that we know. I never finished the book. To be honest, I don’t even care about the book. I don’t care about the ending. I don’t care about the characters. All that I care about is the fact that an innocent dog was killed.
Dogs are the purest creatures on this Earth. They were given to us as a gift, and we should not abuse or neglect this gift. It is your duty as a writer to protect dogs at all costs.
I am asking now that all authors make a pledge to no longer kill dogs in their books. In your books, please protect them, please love them, please give them extra head pats. They deserve better.
P.S. I would like to note that although I only say “dogs,” I am also including other creatures such as owls and house elves. Hedwig and Dobby deserved better.
If you’d like to read some feel-good books where no dogs are harmed, check some of these out: