Kevin Smith's 'Controversial' Dying Dog Photo Makes Us Weep for Humanity

Kevin Smith dying dog

Do you ever read a news story and think to yourself, The world needs to find better things to get pissed off about? Since I’m constantly scouring the web for topics to write about, I’d say this happens to me several times a day. People get offended for such ridiculous reasons these days — case in point, director Kevin Smith’s “controversial” photo of him holding his dying dog.

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On Wednesday, Smith shared an image of his dog Mulder, along with this comment:

Dark day in our household: our oldest dog Mulder is dying. As I've spent the last year carrying him around like Hodor, I'm not taking this terribly well. They never tell you when you get a dog, but there is a price to pay for being the recipient of 17 years of unconditional love, loyalty and companionship: they take a huge chunk of your heart with them when they go.

A number of news outlets, including the Daily Mail, began reporting that Smith’s dog was already dead in the picture — likely because of the way this tweet from Smith was phrased:

The image also got posted to Reddit, where some social media users accused Smith of trying to draw attention to himself. Others said the photo was uncomfortable and crossed the lines of good taste.

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Smith has since clarified that his dog isn’t dead in the photo and went on to explain why he shared the intimate photo of his pet:

Mulder wasn't dead when that photo was taken yesterday and he was still alive when I posted it on FB this morning. He was still fighting to stay above ground -- which is why I'm holding him on his back (he couldn't breath laying on his sides or his stomach anymore). We didn't take any pics of him after he was gone.

Some have asked why I posted this, calling me an "attention whore." I guess I can see that perspective, but I had posted the picture (and an accompanying explanation) on my FB, Twitter and Instagram pages because those folks who follow me have been hearing about Mulder for years. And call me callow, but I just wanted to unload the emotional burden a little by sharing with the folks who'd enjoyed all the Mulder and Scully stories I'd told over the years. This wasn't about look at ME -- this was about look at HIM.

I was in pain and I just wanted to hear from people who knew that distinct pain of losing a dog. And I'm glad I did, because I got to read some amazing stories people posted about the lives and deaths of their pets. It was therapeutic for me. We don't really do wakes and funerals for our pets, so we usually miss that important step of the grieving process: grieving with others, sharing stories about the departed.

Personally, I can’t see anything wrong with what he did. Even if the dog had stopped breathing in that photo, it’s still a loving image of a man who obviously cares deeply about his dog, and as a dog owner, I know exactly how strong that bond can be. I love my dog with all my heart, and I could see myself choosing to share a similar image with my social network as a way to honor her and communicate my heartbreak.

Doesn’t the world seem full of REAL problems for people to worry about? Honestly, I can’t fathom why a celebrity’s touching tribute to their lost pet would cause backlash ... but maybe the good news is if that’s the biggest thing someone has to get upset over, their life is probably blessed beyond belief.

Do you see anything controversial about this photo?


Image via Kevin Smith Facebook/Twitter

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