A farmer and his wife are dismayed to learn from Dr. Summers, the veterinarian, that what ails their old dog Shep is nothing more than old age and that the most humane thing to do for Shep is to put him down. As the farmer prepares for Shep's shooting, mostly deciding where the deed should be done and where Shep should be buried, he and a barely able to walk Shep take a stroll around the farm property while the farmer reminisces to Shep about the useful things he has done to help with the farm work but more importantly what a good friend Shep has been all these years. As the farmer and Shep reach their final destination, the farmer's wife hears a gunshot ring out in the distance. Written by
Decades before MARLEY AND ME we had this MGM short about a farmer (Charles 'Chic' Sale) who is told by his vet that there's nothing that can be done for his elderly dog Shep. The farmer is forced to pick up his rifle and walk the dog into the woods where he's going to shoot him but on the walk the two discuss their years together. This short runs just under 8-minutes and there's really not much story but I think most dog owners will at least connect with the Sale character. Who would really want to shoot their beloved pet? I think for the most part this is just a chance for the studio to show the acting legs of Sale who pretty much just walks, sits and then tells a story about the dog. I thought Sale handled the role quite well and he certainly managed to give that Southern twang and good spirited performance. I guess it goes without saying that we get an obvious twist and while this isn't anything ground breaking it's at least a pleasant way to kill a few minutes.
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