Before Dogs Could Die
*Winner for Best Film*
Senior, University Studies Architecture from Willis, TX
Content Advisory: This film addresses topics of death, grief and thoughts of suicide.
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Growing up we love our dogs. As kids, we do not think about the future to come, the death of those dogs, and the grief we will feel as our childhood slips away with our built-in best friend. This piece provides an inside look into the heartbreak of grieving. Grieving the loss of a loved one and the loss of one’s childhood. For the main character, Gwyneth, the death of her best friend is what marks the end of her childhood. The trauma she is left with and the regret she feels; all pull her closer to her friend than she has ever been, except it is too late. This is the feeling we all know too well when we look someone close to us. We should have been there for them more, we should have prioritized them. She longs for the days of her childhood when death was not promised, the future not yet written when she was clean of death’s stain.