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27th Jun '17 3:21:14 AM JackG
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* In the ''Baker Street Irregulars'' series by Creator/TerranceDicks, a SnoopingLittleKid is caught by some criminals who threaten to let their AngryGuardDog eat him. Unimpressed, the kid just orders the dog to "Sit!" and it does; he points out that guard dogs are trained to guard, not eat people. The dog later gets adopted as a TeamPet (and in a later novel, another criminal discovers that it can be an AngryGuardDog if provoked enough).
16th Jun '17 10:20:59 PM dannylightninglightner
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* Interestingly subverted with the Akita both japanese and american who are very large and beautiful fluffy dogs that look big and friendly but are among the most stern and dutiful dogs there are, while gentle with their own family human or otherwise most akitas are basically highly independent and have a high prey drive and proctective streak combined with their enormous strength and speed they are only gradually developing into protection guarding and therapy still they will often protect anything they liek with their lives.

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* Interestingly subverted with the Akita both japanese and american who are very large and beautiful fluffy dogs that look big and friendly but are among the most stern and dutiful dogs there are, while gentle with their own family human or otherwise most akitas are basically highly independent and have a high prey drive and proctective streak combined with their enormous strength and speed they are only gradually developing into protection guarding and therapy still they will often protect anything they liek like with their lives.
10th Jun '17 4:46:07 PM Lopiny
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has Barbas, the familiar of the [[DealWithTheDevil pactmaking]] [[TheFairFolk Daedra Prince]] Clavicus Vile. He also serves as his master's much-needed conscience, and usually attempts to talk people out of his deals, much to Vile's irritation. [[spoiler:In ''Skyrim'', he recklessly banishes Barbas to the mortal plane after getting fed up with him, but since Barbas contains a measure of Vile's power, this trapped himself as well. He joins the [[PlayerCharacter Dovahkiin]] as a temporary companion, right up until finding Vile's temple. There, the Dovahkiin can (temporarily, given how he's a daedra) [[KickTheDog kill him]] in return for one of Vile's axes (since while Barbas is reforming, Vile has full ownership of his powers).]]

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has Barbas, the familiar of the [[DealWithTheDevil pactmaking]] [[TheFairFolk Daedra Prince]] Clavicus Vile. He also serves as his master's much-needed conscience, and usually attempts to talk people out of his deals, much to Vile's irritation. [[spoiler:In ''Skyrim'', he recklessly banishes Barbas to the mortal plane after getting fed up with him, but since Barbas contains a measure of Vile's power, this trapped himself as well. He joins the [[PlayerCharacter Dovahkiin]] as a temporary companion, right up until finding Vile's temple. There, the Dovahkiin can (temporarily, given how he's a daedra) [[KickTheDog kill him]] in return for one of Vile's axes (since while Barbas is reforming, Vile has full ownership of his powers). Or, he can simply be reunited with Barbas, who convinces him to give the Dovahkiin his usual Artifact (the Masque of Clavicus Vile) in return for helping.]]
26th May '17 10:16:33 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Bernese Mountain Dogs, which can weigh upwards of 100 pounds (if male), are some of the friendliest, cuddliest dogs you could ever hope to meet. You would think that a Bernese would make a lousy guard dog, but these dogs form very strong bonds with their families - which includes protectiveness, especially towards children. Since they're still a BigFriendlyDog, they'll at first only try and make you back down with their loud (and notably scary) bark. Ignore that, and well... [[BewareTheNiceOnes it's gonna suck to be you]].

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* Bernese Mountain Dogs, which can weigh upwards of 100 pounds (if male), are some of the friendliest, cuddliest dogs you could ever hope to meet. You would think that a Bernese would make a lousy guard dog, but these dogs form very strong bonds with their families - which includes protectiveness, especially towards children. Since they're still a BigFriendlyDog, they'll at first only try and make you back down with their loud (and [[HellIsThatNoise notably scary) scary]]) bark. Ignore that, and well... [[BewareTheNiceOnes it's gonna suck to be you]].
10th May '17 9:54:57 PM thekingofpillowland
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* Kit's dog, Ponch, from the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series loves to play with him and chase (but not catch) squrriels. When Ponch is eventually [[spoiler:revealed to be [[GodWasMyCopilot roughly the equivalent of Jesus]]]], this trope makes it all the more jarring.

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** Anybody sufficiently familiar with canines can tell you how much scarier it is to have a dog that just silently fixates on people rather than growling or barking. As an owner it can be especially unnerving to have a dog that might just stare at a guest and refuse to move or be distracted.
* Kit's dog, Ponch, from the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series loves to play with him and chase (but not catch) squrriels.squirrels. When Ponch is eventually [[spoiler:revealed to be [[GodWasMyCopilot roughly the equivalent of Jesus]]]], this trope makes it all the more jarring.
9th May '17 9:01:40 PM ExSlacker
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* Any fully-evolved canine ''VideoGames/{{Pokemon}}'' can fit the bill, especially [[CanisMajor Arcanine]].

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* Any fully-evolved canine ''VideoGames/{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' can fit the bill, especially [[CanisMajor Arcanine]].
6th May '17 11:57:24 AM erforce
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* Cú from ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea''.
* Spike from ''SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''.

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* Luis from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''.
* Puggsy from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie''.

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30th Apr '17 2:43:56 PM mlsmithca
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Sometimes [[CanisMajor the "big" part can be taken to extremes]] (see the mention of ''Clifford'', below) or have the dog be big enough(or the kid small enough) to [[HorseOfADifferentColor ride on]]. In real life you should never allow a child to ride on a dog's back, even if the dog allows it. Big dogs especially have hip and back troubles this will make worse. If you see a child you know doing this, get them to stop. In RealLife, [[SquareCubeLaw large dogs tend to have shorter life spans than their smaller counterparts]], but this is mostly glossed over in fiction.

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Sometimes [[CanisMajor the "big" part can be taken to extremes]] (see the mention of ''Clifford'', below) or have the dog be big enough(or the kid small enough) to [[HorseOfADifferentColor ride on]]. In real life you should never allow a child to ride on a dog's back, even if the dog allows it. Big dogs especially have hip and back troubles this will make worse. If you see a child you know doing this, get them to stop. In RealLife, [[SquareCubeLaw large dogs tend to have shorter life spans than their smaller counterparts]], but this is mostly glossed over in fiction.
22nd Apr '17 3:07:58 PM DaBradGuy
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** Seven years later, the anchorwoman, Randene Neill, was getting ready to leave the show. On her last full day at the network, the crew brought Ginger back. Ginger was now ten years old, officially a senior dog, had mellowed a lot, and had gray fur around her nose. Then Ginger saw Randene, [[HeartwarmingMoment recognized her, and jumped up on the couch and started giving Randene puppy kisses again.]]
16th Apr '17 9:18:37 PM nombretomado
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* StephaniePlum, or rather her on-again off-again boyfriend Joe Morelli, owns Bob, a vaguely Golden Retriever-shaped blob of fur. He [[BigEater has an appetite]] to match his size and enthusiasm, and isn't very picky. Joe once left him in his car, and when he came back, Bob had eaten ''the front seat''.

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* StephaniePlum, Literature/StephaniePlum, or rather her on-again off-again boyfriend Joe Morelli, owns Bob, a vaguely Golden Retriever-shaped blob of fur. He [[BigEater has an appetite]] to match his size and enthusiasm, and isn't very picky. Joe once left him in his car, and when he came back, Bob had eaten ''the front seat''.
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