In S1E17, Rory is trying to convince Lorelai that she doesn’t need to wallow over her breakup with Dean, but Lorelai doesn’t believe her. Rory explains that she really should be focusing on school and getting into Harvard, and Lorelai responds, “So… should we rent ‘Old Yeller’ too, or is that just a guys’ crying movie?”
“Old Yeller” is a 1957 Disney live-action film about a dog who is taken in by a family with two young boys. It is based on a 1956 novel with the same name. The dog, named Old Yeller, saves both boys’ lives several times, but one day he is bitten by a rabid wolf, and the older boy is forced to shoot his beloved dog.