Because all right-thinking people agree that dogs shouldn’t die at the end, yes? Did you notice how in the (fabulous, beautiful) movie UP, not a single dog died? Because even the bad-guy dogs got little parachutes? Naturally, because dogs shouldn’t die even if you drop the human bad guy to his death without a qualm.
So! Heidi Frederick says something of the same thing over at tor. com, in her column about SPIRIT’S KEY by Edith Cohn.
Spirit’s Key is the poignant tale of both a girl coming into her family power and her relationship with a much beloved dog. Edith Cohn’s solution to the much feared dying dog issue? Bump him off before the book even begins — genius!
In other words, a ghost dog! I agree, that sounds like a clever touch.
Heidi doesn’t declare this MG title is flawless, but she does declare that it’s charming — and that there’s no need to worry about the dog. I’m sure I would have loved this story when I was a kid. I probably would have liked it’s possibly oversweet ending, in fact.
My favorite MG dog story: DOG’SBODY by DWJ. Also my favorite story by DWJ. I still can’t believe you can cram the Wild Hunt, sentient stars, and a dog story all in the same short book and have it work, but DWJ managed.
I also like this note from Heidi at the end of her post: Heidi Frederick is known to dock one star rating for every dead dog. Sky didn’t count. Read more at her blog, Bunbury in the Stacks, or send cute dog pictures to her on Twitter.
She doesn’t know how many cute dog pictures I have available, though!