Hey guys. I'm here to unpack a harrowing childhood experience. There's a chance you've lived through it too. Come hither. We'll process it together. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF TBS I recently remembered something troubling about my 4th grade curriculum. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Netflix My class was broken up into groups. Each group was assigned to read and then present a book about a dog. I love dogs! I was excited. Getty Images But it didn't take long for me to realize the horrifying direction these books were going in. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com / Via youtube.com These weren't happy dog stories like Because of Winn-Dixie. They were absolute nightmares. In every single book...the dog dies. A GRUESOME FUCKING DEATH. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF @cheezburger / Via giphy.com I didn't ask for it. My classmates didn't ask for it. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. And I couldn't help but wonder...Were we alone in this suffering, or were others subjected to it too? HBO Were you forced to read Old Yeller? amazon.com Old Yeller's owner, Travis (a literal child), has to kill him because he gets bitten by a rabid wolf. Or Where the Red Fern Grows? Amazon / Via amzn.to Two dogs named Old Dan and Little Ann are brother and sister. When Old Dan dies protecting their owner Billy from a mountain lion, Little Ann is so depressed that she refuses to eat or drink and dies from grief ON HIS GRAVE. What about Stone Fox? Amazon / Via amzn.to Willy enters his dog Searchlight in a sled race to win money so he can save his grandpa's farm. Searchlight's HEART EXPLODES and she dies right before reaching the finish line. Or the absolute nightmare that is Sounder? amazon.com Sounder's owner dies while they're out hunting together. A couple weeks later I guess he decides to give the hell up and crawls under the porch and dies. How about White Fang?? amazon.com / Via amazon.com Honestly, too many to explain. It's just chock full of wolf and dog deaths. I guess it wasn't enough to have to read books where the main plot lines involved dogs dying. The torture continued when we were forced to read stuff where it was snuck into the side plots too. Like Of Mice and Men. amazon.com / Via amazon.com NBD, Lennie just accidentally KILLS HIS PUPPY BY BEING TOO ROUGH WITH IT. Or To Kill a Mockingbird. amzn.to / Via amzn.to Another day, another rabid dog being shot. And The Grapes of Wrath. amazon.com / Via amazon.com The family's dog gets hit by a fucking car. John Steinbeck Stop Killing Dogs challenge. Seriously...Who is coming up with these curriculums??? Is there a deeper meaning I'm missing besides "dogs die?" Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney If you need me I'll just be living in fear of my dog's heart randomly exploding. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Universal Pictures Was there a book you read in school that did a dog dirty and wasn't mentioned in this post? Sound off in the comments!