Film auteur Michael Bay is quoted as saying, "Never kill a dog," and we assume that he is talking about movies and not real life. However, some directors (especially Bay) delight in killing absolutely everything in their movies except the dog.
Dante's Peak is a movie wherein stupid people contemptuously fail to escape the most lethargic type of natural disaster that currently exists. The film showcases men drowning, women having their brains melted by volcanic projectiles and children getting boiled by acid.
However, during their escape across a river of lava, Pierce Brosnan and his family frantically steer their truck toward Rougy the dog after unanimously agreeing that she must be rescued at all costs.
They've watched their closest friends and loved ones perish horrifically, and they are currently trying to ford a stream of molten rock in a dusty old pickup truck, but they must risk a burning instant death to save the one member of their family that can be replaced for about $200.
Armageddon is a two-and-half-hour Aerosmith music video that is notable only because it features Michael Clarke Duncan in space. In it, Little Richard the dog fights a street vendor for a toy as asteroids begin to pelt the city around them and kill everything with a heartbeat inside a 10-block radius. People fall from skyscrapers and get crushed by cars, and an asteroid fragment even strikes the vendor directly in the face.