I'm sorry but... this one was just too hard and too insulting to sit through. This is the bottom of the barrel of American Dad episodes and it's up there with some of the worst Family Guy episodes too.
The violence itself wasn't gross or anything but I found it plain depressing, I hated the horrendous premise of it and it's pretty upsetting that it gets worse for the family. It was extremely depressing and I felt torn inside, yes I know it's a cartoon BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN WE CANNOT BE UPSET BY IT. The plot as a whole is just depressing and leads to nothing but pain. The sight of the hacked dog is horrible and hearing the cries of agony for Steve was NOT FUNNY! The death isn't that cartoonish, only the cats were, the death was too upsetting to make us laugh with all the tense atmosphere and all that. The B-Plot is eh, forgettable and it's not going to make up for this horrible episode. The dog could have died peacefully BUT NO, it gets hacked and blown up, the fact they believe they could get a laugh out of me, the fact they could think that it was a good idea. Yes, a plot about "Letting Go" can be done right and this isn't it. This was a really depressing experience and I had a hard time watching it. It was boring, horrible, upsetting and downright mean, especially the ending we got with Stan and co. Rogers reaction won't light up the mood for very long and this was just, a horrible abomination for Season 7, an otherwise great season. I know I shouldn't take it seriously but as a standalone episode, it's very weak and wasn't funny anyway, and I can take it seriously if I wanted to, it's just too depressing NOT to do it.
I cringe just thinking about this. If you like this episode, that's fine but I don't, it's by far THE WORST American Dad episode ever!