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11th Jun '17 4:13:38 AM Argon2
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* In the Garza anthology ''Rescued'', one of the stray protagonists sees himself as manipulating humans into giving him food.
1st Jun '17 7:39:11 PM PaulA
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** The same thing happens in ''Red Planet'' with Willis the Bouncer, a volleyball-sized Martian lifeform kept by the protagonist Jim. Towards the end of the novel Jim forms a MindMeld and finds that Willis is actually an early stage of the sentient Martian species, and sees Jim as an awkward yet loveable pet.

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** The same thing happens in ''Red Planet'' ''Literature/RedPlanet'' with Willis the Bouncer, a volleyball-sized Martian lifeform kept by the protagonist Jim. Towards the end of the novel Jim forms a MindMeld and finds that Willis is actually an early stage of the sentient Martian species, and sees Jim as an awkward yet loveable pet.
17th Apr '17 3:50:13 AM butts
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** In addition it's highly unhealthy for the dog; guarding behavior and excessive territorialism is usually as much a sign of insecurity and anxiety as anything else, as it can stem from a neurotic need for control in the absence of an owner they can trust and a system of rules that makes sense and makes them feel safe. A dog should not feel the need to "run" a family; if they do, it's a serious problem and requires help from the owner to establish a clear, consistent system in which the dog can feel safe and secure because it knows exactly why things happen, and trusts that its humans do things for a good reason. (There is no concept of an "alpha" in a natural, healthy wolf pack--the leaders are the matriarch and patriarch of the clan, and lead by virtue of simple experience and seniority over their younger family members--so trying to establish "dominance" over a misbehaving dog is ineffective at best and genuinely abusive at worst. Dogs need consistency in what is asked of them, not a pecking order.)

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** In addition it's highly unhealthy for the dog; guarding behavior and excessive territorialism is usually as much a sign of insecurity and anxiety as anything else, as it can stem from a neurotic need for control in the absence of an owner they can trust and a system of rules that makes sense and makes them feel safe. A dog should not feel the need to "run" a family; if they do, it's a serious problem and requires help from the owner to establish a clear, consistent system in which the dog can feel safe and secure because it knows exactly why things happen, and trusts that its humans do things for a good reason. (There is no concept of an "alpha" in a natural, healthy wolf pack--the leaders are the matriarch and patriarch of the clan, and lead by virtue of simple experience and seniority over their younger family members--so children--so trying to establish "dominance" over a misbehaving dog is ineffective at best and genuinely abusive at worst. Dogs need consistency in what is asked of them, not a pecking order.)
9th Apr '17 9:15:52 AM nombretomado
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* The ''Peabody's Improbable History'' segment of the ''The RockyAndBullwinkle Show'' has Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman.

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* The ''Peabody's Improbable History'' segment of the ''The RockyAndBullwinkle WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Show'' has Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman.
4th Nov '16 12:03:39 AM BattleMaster
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* In Robert Asprin's novel series ''Literature/MythAdventures'', the dragon Gleep feels this way about Skeeve.
** It's implied that ''all'' dragons in the series feel this way about humans.

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* In Robert Asprin's novel series ''Literature/MythAdventures'', the dragon Gleep feels this way about Skeeve.
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Skeeve. It's implied that ''all'' dragons in the series feel this way about humans.humans. Skeeve actually knows that when they're mature, dragons are much smarter than humans. What he doesn't realize due to Gleep's inability to speak [[ObfuscatingStupidity and generally goofy behavior]] is that Gleep is already much smarter than he is.
30th Aug '16 7:37:17 PM Katsuhagi
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** In ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' Kel's bad-tempered and previously-mistreated war horse Peachblossom tells Daine that one reason he stays with Kel is because she needs to be looked after, and the fact that [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe the first human to treat him well]] he feels he has an obligation to do so.

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** In ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' Kel's bad-tempered and previously-mistreated war horse Peachblossom tells Daine that one reason he stays with Kel is because she needs to be looked after, and the fact that she was [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe the first human to treat him well]] means he feels he has an obligation to do so.
27th Jul '16 2:23:57 PM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', we have Shiro's TalkingAnimal cat (who can transform into a human), [[ADogNamedDog Neko]].

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* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', we have Shiro's TalkingAnimal cat CuteKitten (who can transform into a human), [[ADogNamedDog Neko]].
16th Jul '16 2:07:27 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert is definitely the master of that relationship. Although Dogbert doesn't seem to care about Dilbert. However, you feel that if Dilbert were actually in danger of dying, Dogbert would probably help him out. In one instance, Catbert was going to have Dilbert executed as a disciplinary action, and Dogbert promptly had Bob the Dinosaur force Catbert to pardon his human. And never taking credit for his good deed, either. Dogbert has also rescued Dilbert from being lowered into a pit of lava by the trolls (as in actual monsters) from the Accounting department, and has sicced Bob and Dawn on a burglar who took all of Dilbert's posessions. WordOfGod is that Dogbert does care for Dilbert, it just only shows when Dilbert is in genuine danger. In an early strip (before office humor became the norm), Dogbert tried to trick Dilbert into signing a contract that would legally name Dilbert the "pet" in the relationship.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert is definitely the master of that relationship. Although Dogbert doesn't seem to care about Dilbert. However, you feel that if Dilbert were actually in danger of dying, Dogbert would probably help him out. In one instance, Catbert was going to have Dilbert executed as a disciplinary action, and Dogbert promptly had Bob the Dinosaur force Catbert to pardon his human. And never taking credit for his good deed, either. Dogbert has also rescued Dilbert from being lowered into a pit of lava by the trolls (as in actual monsters) from the Accounting department, and has sicced Bob and Dawn on a burglar who took all of Dilbert's posessions. WordOfGod is that Dogbert does care for Dilbert, it just only shows when Dilbert is in genuine danger. In an early strip (before office humor became the norm), Dogbert tried to trick Dilbert into signing a contract that would legally name Dilbert the "pet" in the relationship. After the first few years they started being referred to as "roommates", and Dogbert not being human has been completely ignored in-universe since the late 90's.
7th Jul '16 2:26:53 PM StFan
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* Anne Bishop's [[BlackJewels Black Jewels Universe]] has this, where you, the human, doesn't choose the kindred, the kindred chooses you. And once they decide, you don't really have much of a choice.

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* Anne Bishop's [[BlackJewels Black Jewels Universe]] ''Literature/BlackJewels'' universe has this, where you, the human, doesn't choose the kindred, the kindred chooses you. And once they decide, you don't really have much of a choice.
7th Jul '16 1:09:22 PM StFan
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->''"I get such a kick out of calling him Albert, after Albert Payson Terhune, who wrote all those stupid dog books in which we noble creatures were pets, always being saved by some sappy human - it is my best gambit to make him scream."''
-->--The dog '''Blood''' talking about his human Vic, ''A Boy and His Dog''

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->''"I get such a kick out of calling him Albert, after Albert Payson Terhune, who wrote all those stupid dog books in which we noble creatures were pets, always being saved by some sappy human - -- it is my best gambit to make him scream."''
-->--The dog -->-- '''Blood''' (a dog talking about his human Vic, ''A Boy and His Dog''
Vic), ''Literature/ABoyAndHisDog''



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-->''Toothless didn't get language, but he did get Hiccup. Hiccup was sensible and liked to fly nearly as much as Toothless did. He was brave, kind, and the dragon suspected extremely intelligent for his kind. How else could he begin to understand the incredibly complex mind of a dragon? Yes, Toothless' rider was the smartest of the humans.''

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-->''Toothless didn't get language, but he did get Hiccup. Hiccup was sensible and liked to fly nearly as much as Toothless did. He was brave, kind, and the dragon suspected extremely intelligent for his kind. How else could he begin to understand the incredibly complex mind of a dragon? Yes, Toothless' Toothless's rider was the smartest of the humans.''



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* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' the toys understand and accept the real dynamic they have with humans, but still make affectionate comments about "my boy," "my family," etc.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' the toys understand and accept the real dynamic they have with humans, but still make affectionate comments about "my boy," "my family," etc. etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit'': Gromit, the dog, is pretty much actually the master and much more intelligent than Wallace, but we [[TheSpeechless never find out]] whether he sees it that way.
* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' is told from this point of view.
* Most pet-centric Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, for that matter, e.g. ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', ''Disney/TheAristocats'', ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''.
* Averted with ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' in which HumansAreCthulhu and are generally feared by fish.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' the feline protagonist also refers to the man he's living with as "my human." Amusingly, in one scene the man comments how the cats are lucky in how they can just eat and sleep all day -- even though that seems to be exactly what he's doing, while Francis goes around solving cat murders in the neighbourhood, risking life and limb.



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* {{Firekeeper}} is more Blind Seer's pet than the other way around, but she was RaisedByWolves, after all, and the other humans do a poor job of civilizing both of them.

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* {{Firekeeper}} ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga'': Firekeeper is more Blind Seer's pet than the other way around, but she was RaisedByWolves, after all, and the other humans do a poor job of civilizing both of them.



* In both the book and film, ''ABoyAndHisDog'', the well-read and wise-cracking telepathic dog named Blood is pretty much in charge of the relationship. ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids This is NOT a kids movie!]])
* Literature/{{Discworld}} : In the same way that blind people have seeing-eye dogs, the crazy beggar Foul Old Ron has a thinking-brain dog in the form of Gaspode (who can speak, but doesn't let most people know it). As the most sensible, intelligent and above all [[OnlySaneMan sane]] member of the bunch, Gaspode could claim to be TheLeader of the Canting Crew.
** Maurice in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' is a cat who hasn't even realised that the "stupid-looking kid" he uses in his [[TheCon plans]] has a ''name''.
* ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'': Temeraire proves in ''Victory of Eagles'' that, contrary to prior belief, dragons are perfectly capable of defending their country without human handlers to direct them. That being said, most dragons in service with a captain and crew tend to be extremely possessive of them: Temeraire in particular gets [[GreenEyedMonster jealous and grumpy]] when a crewman leaves him to serve with another dragon or when Laurence spends more time with Levitas.

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* In both the book and film, ''ABoyAndHisDog'', ''Literature/ABoyAndHisDog'', the well-read and wise-cracking telepathic dog named Blood is pretty much in charge of the relationship. ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids This is NOT a kids movie!]])
* Literature/{{Discworld}} : ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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In the same way that blind people have seeing-eye dogs, the crazy beggar Foul Old Ron has a thinking-brain dog in the form of Gaspode (who can speak, but doesn't let most people know it). As the most sensible, intelligent and above all [[OnlySaneMan sane]] member of the bunch, Gaspode could claim to be TheLeader of the Canting Crew.
** Maurice in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' is a cat who hasn't even realised realized that the "stupid-looking kid" he uses in his [[TheCon plans]] has a ''name''.
* ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'': ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'':
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Temeraire proves in ''Victory of Eagles'' that, contrary to prior belief, dragons are perfectly capable of defending their country without human handlers to direct them. That being said, most dragons in service with a captain and crew tend to be extremely possessive of them: Temeraire in particular gets [[GreenEyedMonster jealous and grumpy]] when a crewman leaves him to serve with another dragon or when Laurence spends more time with Levitas.



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* After psychically linking with a dog in ''{{Warehouse13}}'', Artie claims their bond is too great and the dog owns him now. He also mentions that Cats are prisoners.

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* After psychically linking with a dog in ''{{Warehouse13}}'', ''Series/Warehouse13'', Artie claims their bond is too great and the dog owns him now. He also mentions that Cats are prisoners.



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* The first strip of ''{{Garfield}}'' has Jon introducing himself, and declaring Garfield to be his cat. Garfield then introduces himself, declaring Jon to be his cartoonist.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert is definitely the master of that relationship. Although Dogbert doesn't seem to care about Dilbert. However, you feel that if Dilbert were actually in danger of dying, Dogbert would probably help him out.
** This is quite true. In one instance, Catbert was going to have Dilbert executed as a disciplinary action, and Dogbert promptly had Bob the Dinosaur force Catbert to pardon his human. And never taking credit for his good deed, either.
** Dogbert has also rescued Dilbert from being lowered into a pit of lava by the trolls (as in actual monsters) from the Accounting department, and has sicced Bob and Dawn on a burglar who took all of Dilbert's posessions. WordOfGod is that Dogbert does care for Dilbert, it just only shows when Dilbert is in genuine danger.
** In an early strip (before office humor became the norm), Dogbert tried to trick Dilbert into signing a contract that would legally name Dilbert the 'pet' in the relationship.
* ''{{Peanuts}}'': Snoopy is slightly better than Dogbert. Although Snoopy just wants Charlie Brown to keep his water bowl full and always bring a full dinner bowl, if Charlie was in trouble Snoopy would help him out, [[CallToAdventure if only for the adventure]].
** But, similarly to Discworld's Maurice, would only ever refer to him as "that round-headed kid".
** He also only ever thinks about Charlie Brown as an actual individual (as opposed to a service provider) when someone spends an extended period calling him on his terrible treatment of the poor lad.

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* The first strip of ''{{Garfield}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' has Jon introducing himself, and declaring Garfield to be his cat. Garfield then introduces himself, declaring Jon to be his cartoonist.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert is definitely the master of that relationship. Although Dogbert doesn't seem to care about Dilbert. However, you feel that if Dilbert were actually in danger of dying, Dogbert would probably help him out.
** This is quite true.
out. In one instance, Catbert was going to have Dilbert executed as a disciplinary action, and Dogbert promptly had Bob the Dinosaur force Catbert to pardon his human. And never taking credit for his good deed, either.
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either. Dogbert has also rescued Dilbert from being lowered into a pit of lava by the trolls (as in actual monsters) from the Accounting department, and has sicced Bob and Dawn on a burglar who took all of Dilbert's posessions. WordOfGod is that Dogbert does care for Dilbert, it just only shows when Dilbert is in genuine danger.
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danger. In an early strip (before office humor became the norm), Dogbert tried to trick Dilbert into signing a contract that would legally name Dilbert the 'pet' "pet" in the relationship.
* ''{{Peanuts}}'': ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Snoopy is slightly better than Dogbert. Although Snoopy just wants Charlie Brown to keep his water bowl full and always bring a full dinner bowl, if Charlie was in trouble Snoopy would help him out, [[CallToAdventure if only for the adventure]].
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adventure]]. But, similarly to Discworld's Maurice, would only ever refer to him as "that round-headed kid".
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kid". He also only ever thinks about Charlie Brown as an actual individual (as opposed to a service provider) when someone spends an extended period calling him on his terrible treatment of the poor lad.



* There is a clear reference to ''A Boy and His Dog'' (see above) in each of the three ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, in which the player character wanders a post-nuclear wasteland with an option of having a canine companion called "Dogmeat". "Dogmeat" is what Vic calls Blood at certain points of ''A Boy and His Dog'' when they are arguing.
** It's more likely a reference to the dog from the ''MadMax'' series.

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* There is a clear reference to ''A Boy and His Dog'' (see above) in each of the three ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, in which the player character wanders a post-nuclear wasteland with an option of having a canine companion called "Dogmeat". "Dogmeat" is what Vic calls Blood at certain points of ''A Boy and His Dog'' when they are arguing.
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arguing. It's more likely a reference to the dog from the ''MadMax'' ''Film/MadMax'' series.



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* ''WallaceAndGromit'': Gromit, the dog, is pretty much actually the master and much more intelligent than Wallace, but we [[TheSpeechless never find out]] whether he sees it that way.



* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' is told from this point of view.
** Most pet-centric Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, for that matter, e.g. ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', ''Disney/TheAristocats'', ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''.
** Averted with ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' in which HumansAreCthulhu and are generally feared by fish.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' the feline protagonist also refers to the man he's living with as "my human." Amusingly, in one scene the man comments how the cats are lucky in how they can just eat and sleep all day - even though that seems to be exactly what he's doing, while Francis goes around solving cat murders in the neighbourhood, risking life and limb.
* In one episode of ''JohnnyTest'', Dukey briefly muses on this trope when watching Johnny mess around with some barrels of toxic waste.

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* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' is told from this point of view.
** Most pet-centric Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, for that matter, e.g. ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', ''Disney/TheAristocats'', ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''.
** Averted with ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' in which HumansAreCthulhu and are generally feared by fish.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' the feline protagonist also refers to the man he's living with as "my human." Amusingly, in one scene the man comments how the cats are lucky in how they can just eat and sleep all day - even though that seems to be exactly what he's doing, while Francis goes around solving cat murders in the neighbourhood, risking life and limb.
* In one episode of ''JohnnyTest'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Dukey briefly muses on this trope when watching Johnny mess around with some barrels of toxic waste.



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' took this trope to its most literal. [[http://brojsimpson.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/tumblr_ml61ywVXuQ1qabe6do1_500.gif A cat alien has been shown with a pet human, even winning third place at a pet show.]]

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' took this trope to its most literal. [[http://brojsimpson.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/tumblr_ml61ywVXuQ1qabe6do1_500.gif A cat alien has been shown with a pet human, even winning third place at a pet show.]]



* In RealLife this is a common joke among cat owners. "A dog thinks 'Wow, the humans feed me, shelter me, and take care of my needs. They must be gods!' A cat thinks 'Wow, the humans feed me, shelter me, and take care of my needs. [[AGodAmI I must be a god]]!'"
** There's also the common phrase "dogs have owners, cats have staff."

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* In RealLife this is a common joke among cat owners. "A dog thinks 'Wow, the humans feed me, shelter me, and take care of my needs. They must be gods!' A cat thinks 'Wow, the humans feed me, shelter me, and take care of my needs. [[AGodAmI I must be a god]]!'"
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god]]!'" There's also the common phrase "dogs have owners, cats have staff."



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