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"The Life of a Dog" is a short 5-minute experience with a powerful message; aimed at raising awareness of issues we don't always think about.

The game may not be suitable for younger audiences and contains strong language and sensitive imagery that some people may find upsetting.

Use the space bar to cycle through dialogue, click on the arrows with the left mouse button.

Programmed, designed and written by Naila Malik.


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The Life of a Dog.exe 40 MB


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I, too, made a video!

Thank you for playing my game and for your kind words! I'm really glad you enjoyed the story and felt moved by it. I know the controls are unclear at places but this was a small project I made in less than a day. Hope I can make better ones in the future :) thanks again! 

I really appreciate what you are trying to do, it's very hard for people of abuse to have a voice and i'm glad you're trying to help bring awareness to the situation. I'm not upset or mad about this but i'm not sure if you're familiar with much animal abuse, I think there's so many dog abuse issues this could have been more based on that but at the same time i'm torn, because I understand most people are scared, uncomfortable, or just don't want to deal with things regarding domestic abuse, so I still appreciate the way you went about putting it into something like this, I think we can all relate to loving our animals so this puts in into perspective.  Regarding a few of the other comments about your game I had no issues with the controls at all and thought they were very straight forward and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing this game with the world and I'm glad I could share it with others ❤ I'll be interested in seeing what else you come up with! 

Hi Angelique,

Firstly, thank you so much for playing my game. I really enjoyed watching your playthrough and I am so happy that you appreciated what I am trying to do with this particular game. I chose to have the focus on domestic violence through the lens of animal abuse, to highlight just how cruel the perpetrators can really be. I am an animal lover too and I like to think that in a way, it brings attention to both issues. This project was made in a day as it was for a class, but I am definitely looking to do more serious games in the future.

Thank you again for taking the time to play.


powerful message, even though the controls are a bit confusing..

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looks like a great game, havent played it yet, but looks great

Thank you, please let me know how you felt about the experience after playing.

sorry for taking so long to answer but for me the game was hard to play because i couldnt find where to click on the screen and i was just lost the whole way through