If you are a dog lover, (more specifically a DOG lover AKA Daryl’s dog in The Walking Dead), this will come as welcome news to you.
As you probably know, Daryl (Norman Reedus) has been living alone in the woods for some time, and he now has a new companion after the loss of his friend Rick. Dog helps him with several things, including warning of approaching walkers. Earlier this season, DOG found himself accidentally caught in traps and surrounded by walkers. He came very close to being eaten by about 20 of them-very close.
In the past we’ve seen some gruesome animal deaths, including a horse being taken down by walkers, as well as Shiva, Ezekiel’s precious tiger. Now that Daryl has DOG, the thought of him seeing the same fate is unimaginable.
There are a group of fans who are are taking matters into their own fans as far as keeping DOG alive on the show. They have launched a petition which begs the producers to keep the dog alive and well.
The petition, launched by a girl named Kelsey B., reads:
“I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead, a zombie apocalyptic fantasy show. It’s a very interesting look at human behavior if the known rules of society were thrown out by a huge disaster. And something amazing has just happened, a doggo has joined the cast! But the scary thing is that that doggo could now be in danger of getting killed off in the rough world of TWD.
Please sign my petition to ask TWD writers to keep Dog on the show in perpetuity!
It’s weird, but I find myself more sensitive to violence against animals on TV and in movies than violence against humans. They are both upsetting, but somehow the idea of an innocent and helpless animal like a dog getting hurt is truly soul crushing. Don’t get me wrong, I know what I’m getting into by watching this show. The whole thing is violence.
However, I’m here to offer my 2 cents and ask the writers not to kill Dog. Will you join me in sending this important message?
The dog is Daryl’s side kick and it’s truly adorable. His name is Dog and he seems to be a substitute for Rick Grimes, who is now gone. Daryl and Rick were practically brothers and incredible leaders and it would honestly just be too much to lose Dog as well. Dog is a German Shepherd and I love him. Please join me in asking the writers to keep him around!”
“Oh my gosh. I don’t know if I have the heart to kill the dog, man. When I started the show in season 2, I was also Team Daryl Should Have a Dog. It’s this thing that’s kind of been batted around for a long time, and it never happened. And to be honest, a dog would’ve died pretty quick during some of the seasons that they were in.”
The petition has already gained over 47,000 supporters and is close to is 50,000 signature goal. Will you be signing?
The Walking Dead (and Dog) returns on February 10th 2019.
Shannon Toohey is Editor-In-Chief of FanFest.com. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2015 with a B.A. in Journalism from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communications. Shannon has been a proud member of the Fan Fest team since 2013. Tweet her in your prettiest bird voice: @shannontoo