After losing his best friend, an elderly pug named Henry must depend on his owner for help and companionship. Writer/director Ann Marie Fleming (Window Horses) makes visible the tender work of caretaking in her new animated short, Old Dog. All dogs (and people) should be so lucky and so loved.
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Ages 10 to 18
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
Media Education - Film Animation
This animated short tells the story of a dog, Henry, after the loss of his friend, Lucy. The story aligns the experience of the dog with its aging owner. Use to introduce topics around aging and caretaking of the elderly. Have students share a story about how they can care for others or pets. For older students, compare the care of Henry with the care provided to the elderly in society. Can lead to discussions of the responsibilities of society to care for the elderly. Examine the types of storytelling employed in animated shorts. Explore the codes and conventions of animated shorts.