I am a dog-owner and a dog-lover. These are going to be the two most self-evident statements you've ever read in about ten seconds. I would not call myself squeamish, nor would I count myself among the righteous. I watch bloody, nasty, ugly horror films and they don't faze me, but there is a trend in horror of which I am officially sick and tired: dog murder. Murdering dogs in horror films has made the nefarious jump from convention to absolute cliche and I cannot hold my tongue any longer. Before you read any further, let me assure that I am fully aware of my bias and I embrace that. But you cannot deny that you'd rather be a minority in a horror film than a dog, because your chances of survival would substantially improve.