Life is a journey: It will go in both unexpectedly wonderful and painfully unfair directions, but that's part of the necessary path to self-discovery. Allow yourself to grow out of the expectations that others put upon you. If you treat an animal well, it will treat you well. Themes include perseverance, courage, teamwork.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Frequent frontier violence/peril. Guns are used for threats and eventually escalate to a death. Physical fights between men, dogs, and men and dogs. A dog is hit with a club in one instance. Dogs are pushed to physical exhaustion, sometimes after a whip is used. A natural disaster threatens lives of human and animal. A dog is separated from his family after being abducted and is treated harshly. A fire erupts. For those who can connect the dots, it appears that some characters die in the elements due to foolish choices. A couple of animals are killed by other animals.
One off-camera use of "dammit."
Ease of Play
Scenes take places in bars, and people drink alcohol. A man frequently drinks whiskey, but it's made clear that that's unacceptable, and he ultimately gives up the bottle.