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->''"Throw puppies at a problem and the problem may not disappear, but who cares? There will be puppies!"''
-->-- ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'' review, ''Magazine/OfficialNintendoMagazine''
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A work is not about dogs, but throws them in anyway.

The reason is usually that dogs are cool, and puppies are also cute. You just want to love them, pet them, just cuddle up to them, and let them lick the frown off your face. For this reason, puppies and other forms of dogs are likely to show up in fiction, just because they make everything better. Heck, there's a reason PetTheDog and KickTheDog have "dog" in the name, since doing nice or bad things to them sets such a strong tone for the character doing those.

A common schtick for guys to attract girls in fiction on TV: borrow or rent a puppy so the girls will come coo over it and admire the guy for his sensitivity.

Compare CuteKitten, CunningLikeAFox, FunSize, CanisMajor, BigFriendlyDog, CanineCompanion, and note that one person's precious little pup is another's MisterMuffykins. If the puppies distract from another situation, then a CutenessProximity situation has occured.
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!!Gratuitous Use Of Canines In Shows:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Shown above: The puppy for Andrex toilet tissue in the UK. Sold in the U.S. as Kleenex Cottonelle.
* 21st Century Insurance has a commercial where puppies are released from a crate and decide which insurance company is better. Because "puppies don't lie."
* Marketing research has shown that putting a puppy or a baby into an advertisement, no matter how arbitrarily, boosts sales. Hence the toilet paper.
* Take a look at the ads on this very page. It's pretty likely that they have adorable puppies. Looks like [[TheAdvertisementServer AdBot]] has a softer side.
* Mexican-based phone company Telmex ran many television ads in Mexico, Peru and Colombia featuring a [[TalkingAnimal talking]] Jack Russel Terrier called ''Otto''. The dog is so popular that even people who dislike Telmex wind up liking the dog.
* In a Vonage commercial about not having to bundle your phone, TV, and internet together, the creepy neighbors who are trying to get the new people to bundle offer a puppy. But they won't give him up alone. He's part of the bundle.
* There's an advert for digestive biscuits featuring puppies. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg1fJlrIQGU here.]]
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''ElfenLied'' has Kaede/Lucy's puppy which is [[KickTheDog horribly beaten to death]] by some bully boys, triggering Lucy's diclonius powers and first murder. There is also Mayu's Wanta, the other prominent puppy.
* ''Excel Saga'' has Menchi (AKA [[{{Woolseyism}} Mince]]), the token animal sidekick who doubles as the [[VillainProtagonist heroes]]' [[EatTheDog "emergency food supply."]]
* Gaomon in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', who was squeed over by both Chika and Relena.
* Salamon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', a cute puppy that [[MetamorphosisMonster transforms]] from a [[{{Cephalothorax}} kitty-head-blob]], and can metamorphose into a white cat.
* [[{{Familiar}} Arf]] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has [[{{Animorphism}} the puppy form]] she takes during the events of ''A's''. Zafira is eventually convinced to take one too at the end of the season and immediately learns of its hazards when a group of squeeing schoolgirls smothers him in the [[AudioAdaptation third Sound Stage]].
* Potato in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. Picco-picco!
* Black Hayate from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
-->'''Roy Mustang''': Dog, huh? [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny LOVE]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny DOGS!]]
** The best part is ''why'' he likes them - dogs are loyal even if you mistreat them and don't ask for paychecks.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* In ''ElfQuest'', Ember gets her first bond wolf, Choplicker, who is still a cub and he is lupine cuteness personified.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
The scene when Hai, a black Wolf Hound, is introduced as a gift for Neo in ''Film/TheMatrix'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BringingMeToLife'', Hai is the runt making him even more of a precious puppy.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The 1984 version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' gave Paul a dog as a pet, despite no mention of one in the book.
* The adorable puppy that just appears in one scene in ''Film/TheThirdMan.''
* Milo from ''Film/TheMask''.
* In ''Film/{{Krull}}'', IneptMage Ergo off-handedly mentions wishes. Titch, a boy coming along with them, mentions he always wanted a puppy. Later on, Ergo wanders away from the rest for a while, turning himself into a puppy and running along to Titch, remaining that way for a few scenes to make him happy. B'aww.
* In ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'', puppies are given out as bridal shower favors.
* In ''Film/ScannersIITheNewOrder'', David and Alice are seen caring for a laboratory puppy, which they name Trooper. David gives it to Alice as a present and she's later seen with it in her apartment.
* ''Film/TheMechanic'' (2011). When Steve [=McKenna=] expresses interest in becoming a hitman, Arthur Bishop takes him to the animal shelter to adopt a puppy, then tells him to take the dog every hour to a coffee shop where his next target will be, a rival hitman with a [[HoneyTrap liking for gay men with cute dogs]].
* ''The Shadow Conspiracy'' (1997) opens with a hitman killing a house full of people. One injured woman crawls past a basketful of puppies to get at a gun, but is shot by the killer, who wipes the blood off his silencer on a puppy.
* Deconstructed in ''{{Lolita}}'' (1997). While in a hotel lobby Dolores goes over to play with a cute long-eared dog...which is being held on a leash by pedophile Quilty. Some close-ups of his fingers twitching the leash like someone carefully reeling in a fish give a clear hint at what his purpose is in owning the dog.
* Black comedy example in the bloodthirsty Japanese film ''Film/HardRevengeMilly'': a villain gets chopped up into steak cubes. An adorable little dog then appears out of nowhere and starts to eat the meat.
* An incredible scene in 1925 documentary ''Film/{{Grass}}'', about a nomadic Iranian tribe. A puppy hops out of a camel's saddlebag. The camel then nuzzles the puppy.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Biscuit, the little yellow puppy.
* The ''CliffordTheBigRedDog'' SpinoffBabies series, Clifford's Puppy Days, which is basically based on the spinoff books series (yes, the books came first).
* In ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', the hero gets a dog as a pet out of nowhere. [[spoiler:The dog is actually a manifest part of his consciousness, but the fact that it became a dog fits this trope.]]
* Harry spends the entirety of one of the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' novels carrying a puppy around in his coat pocket. In subsequent books said puppy grows up into a [[BigFriendlyDog Big, Friendly]] HeroicDog, but he doesn't really have much impact on the plot in that book aside from causing random female characters to suffer from CutenessProximity. But who cares? Harry's carrying a ''puppy'' in the pocket of his [[BadassLongcoat bulletproof black leather duster]], which is just so damn cute it almost ceases to be hilarious.
* SpotTheDog.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/PuppyBowl''.
* ''Series/{{Conan}}'' saw the drawing power of Puppy Bowl and for a week featured "Puppy Conan" - a miniature of the stage set with puppies dressed as host and co-host.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' uses this trope at one point to illustrate Angelus's evil.
--->'''Giles:''' Valentine's Day. Yes, um, Angel nails a puppy to the--
--->[...]
--->'''Buffy:''' I don't wanna know. I don't have a puppy. Skip it.
** Spike finds out he can fight demons even with the chip in his head, and urges Buffy's friends to join him in fighting.
---> Let's annihilate them. For justice, and for... the safety of puppies, and Christmas, right?
* In ''TopGear'' where Hammond did an experiment regarding which was a better "girl magnet", a flashy sports car or a retriever puppy (named [[DeathBringerTheAdorable Killer]]). The puppy won by a mile. All who approached fell under the spell of the CutenessProximity and didn't even notice the car.
* A hilarious episode of ''{{Dinosaurs}}'' had all TV shows getting dumbed down, resulting in one show called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Box Full Of Puppies]]."
** In another episode, Earl is forced to run for office (it sort of makes sense), and at one point, he just says he loves puppies as part of a ploy to win votes (it works).
* An episode of ''TheMonkees'' features a cute, puppy-filled romp sequence to the group's silly song "Gonna Buy Me a Dog."
* In an episode of ''Series/MythBusters'', Grant had to be extremely relaxed and happy for a test and one of the things that was given to him was a bunch of puppies (to his obvious delight).
* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', the bigger and meaner the on-screen dog, the more likely Crow and/or Tom are to exclaim "Puppy!"
** In the ''Film/{{Werewolf}}'' episode, Bobo's attempt at making a werewolf ends in failure when he brings in a cocker spaniel instead of a wolf. He ends up cooing over the dog; this is expected since the dog is Kevin Murphy (Bobo)'s dog
* On ''[[Series/{{Concentration}} Classic Concentration]]'', Marjorie Goodson-Cutt's chihuahua Pokey would often show up on display with her owner during prize discriptions, much to the amusement/annoyance of host Alex Trebeck.
* The "Palate Cleanser" segment of ''Series/WebSoup'', which comes after the NightmareFuel[=/=]NauseaFuel of "Things You Can't Un-See", is all about making things better for the traumatized viewer; not coincidentally quite a few of the cutesy web videos that have been featured there feature puppies being adorable.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E08CooperativeCalligraphy Cooperative Calligraphy]]", has a puppy parade.
-->'''Dean Pelton:''' Attention, students! The puppy parade is starting on the quad! Better come quick--[[LampshadeHanging with every passing moment, these puppies grow older and less deserving of our attention.]]
* Retriever puppies were brought onto the set of ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' on two occasions. They both went like this:
-->'''Fry/Laurie:''' We have one last, very special guest for you to meet and her/his name is Snipper/Dodger. ''(Enter puppy.)''\\
'''The entire studio audience:''' Ooaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "The Q and the Grey", Q is trying to sweet-talk Captain Janeway into an InterspeciesRomance. Janeway, who left her own dog back on Earth, is surprised and delighted to suddenly find a puppy dog in her quarters. [[CutenessProximity She goes all gooey for a second]] before toughening up.
-->'''Janeway:''' This isn't going to work, Q.
-->'''Q:''' ''(materialising)'' How can you ignore that face? ''(Q gives Janeway his best PuppyDogEyes)''
** PlayedForLaughs shortly after when a female Q appears.
-->'''Mrs Q:''' What are you doing with that dog? ''(Q and Janeway look at the puppy)'' I'm not talking about the puppy!
* An earlier Q episode on ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has a young female intern on the Enterprise regretting having left her puppy dog back on her home planet, saying "I with I could have a dozen of them." Cue BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor moment she enters her new quarters and finds a dozen puppies which she vanishes with a wave of the hands, our first sign that she's not what she appears to be.
* About half the episodes of Animal Planet's ''Series/TooCute'' are this. The other half are CuteKitten.
* Pouch on ''Series/Chicago Fire''


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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''RoseIsRose'', Mimi stares into a window with a designer dress -- because the manniquin is shown walking a puppy.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* An episode of ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} SmackDown'', during the Wrestling/{{Chyna}}[=/=]Wrestling/EddieGuerrero angle, had Eddie do something that had Chyna about to dump him - until he gave her a puppy.
** There was also Wrestling/AlSnow's brief run with having a chihuahua named Pepper as his, um, companion object. He gave Pepper to Wrestling/JimRoss, who was doing commentary, while he went to do his match. Jim Ross held the dog, noticed that he was scared of the crowds, and got legitimately angrier (for the dog's sake) as the match went on, mostly neglecting the commentary. Pepper would only make one other appearance on live TV.
** Wrestling/TheBigShow once tried to give Wrestling/TheUndertaker a peace offering, by giving him a wooden crate with a puppy inside. Right on cue, the entire audience (not very far removed from the Wrestling/AttitudeEra, mind you) broke out in an "Awwwwwwww", all in unison.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Liv toy doll line has all the girls paired up with a puppy that learns tricks to match the interest of the girl it's paired with.
* Franchise/LeapFrog's Scout and Violet.
* Creator/FisherPrice's Laugh-and-Learn Puppy and Sis.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', one of the little miniquests involves Colette attempting to name every stray dog in the game.
** Which only makes [[spoiler: her literal KickTheDog moment when she's brainwashed after the DiscOneFinalDungeon]] that much more horrifying.
* ''LivePowerfulProBaseball'', Japanese baseball game series, especially the handheld versions, have a brown cute puppy appear almost in every menus, even in some story modes.
* Chibiterasu in ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'' is the scion of the mighty goddess of the sun that slew the personification of evil in the original VideoGame/{{Okami}}. Also a wolf puppy. Even the ''other characters'' succumb to CutenessProximity.
* The title character's family in ''{{Opoona}}'' have 8 puppies, which help in the tutorial, as well as needing to be [[GottaCatchEmAll located for a sidequest]].
* Growlithe, Houndour, Poochyena, and Lillipup in ''{{Pokemon}}''. Also Electrike and Riolu! (And Snubbull, if you're a certain rich lady.)
* In the ''{{Spelunky}}'' remake, one can choose the damsel to be a pug instead of a woman or a man.
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'', there's a cute ghost puppy known as Polterpup. Even though it causes a lot of problems for the player, it's only trying to play. [[spoiler: At the end of the game, Luigi has apparantly adopted it.]]
* ''{{Nintendogs}}'' is PreciousPuppies: The Game.
* ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' has the Rent-A-Dog Coupon level-up gift, which allows the Mii possessing it to play with a puppy, whether by themselves or with friends.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' combined this with HeartIsAnAwesomePower and ChestBurster. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic See here.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': Florence Ambrose is a very important cast member. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00463.htm Her child photo, however]]...[[CutenessProximity Who's the cuty wolfy yoty puppy? You are!]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Yes you are!!]]
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' has Justin, a cute kid who {{Cloudcuckoolander}} David drags around one day when he skips school; he later befriends Molly, Abbey's younger sister.
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' makes them... [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1547/ somewhat less precious]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfShanShan'', when Shan Shan blames Backpack for his EatingLunchAlone, [[http://shanshan.upperrealms.com/view.php?pageid=012&chapterid=1 Backpack invokes this trope to refute it]], even though, since no one else can hear Backpack, he makes Shan Shan look crazy.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0408.html a Celestial offers to stay a day longer if she can play with the puppy.]]
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick shouts "Puppies!" as a RunningGag. She also has her own puppy who appears in review. In the show its named Mignion, and in real life it's named [[Film/TempleOfDoom Kali]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiba_Inu_Puppy_Cam The Shiba Inu Puppy Cam]]
* On Website/YouTube, there's a video of high school kids performing "Give Us Your Money" from ''Theatre/AvenueQ''. When Nicky tries to think of something that he could get for Rod as a peace offering, he says "I know! I'll get him a puppy!" Guess the PTA wasn't crazy about Rod getting a boyfriend.
* Website/YouTube personality {{Tobuscus}} has a video clip series called "Cute Win Fail". Needless to say, the "Cute" segment (and occasionally "Win") has a disproportionately high number of dogs doing absurdly cute things, with babies and [[CuteKitten cats]] as the other favorites.
* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]] now has a spotted puppy named Oreo. She's energetic and often shows up in vlogs wanting to play.
* This is why Francis, a grey French Poodle, is the "host" for the Website/YouTube cooking show ''WebVideo/CookingWithDog''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' has a brief bit where Johnny brings a dog into the lab. Reed warns Johnny that he won't save the Torch from Sue's wrath. But Sue's only reaction is to squeal and go "Puppy!"
* Blue, Magenta, and Green Puppy in ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues''.
* [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Dora's]] puppy, Perrito (Spanish for "puppy") makes things so much more precious that Swiper [[EvenEvilHasStandards won't swipe]] a gift once he learns that it's for Perrito.
* Shifty Dingo from ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'', sometimes to the point of being TastesLikeDiabetes.
* While neither the [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s 1980s]] or the [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 2010]] versions of ''Pound Puppies'' count in themselves, the adopted puppies do. Each presents the puppies as cute and adorable improvements on their in-universe families' lives.
* On ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'''''s Berry Bitty Adventures'', Strawberry has had Pupcake, from the beginning. However, season three gives each of the other six girls a dog. Why? Well, [[MerchandiseDriven there are two reasons]]. This is the other one.
** More like merchandising failure. None of the puppies apparently made it to toy form. In fact, Hasbro seems to have given up on Strawberry Shortcake and there are rumors that they're already in talks to relinquish their rights to produce the toys to another company.
** The 2003 incarnation of ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' also had Pupcake from the beginning.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', while HumanityEnsues for Twilight Sparkle, Spike the baby dragon gets turned into a puppy. Of course, the reaction of the Fluttershy native to the HighSchoolAU upon seeing Spike is [[CutenessProximity no different]] from that of the original Fluttershy when ''she'' first saw him.
* The ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Who Let the Dogs In?" has Eduardo taking care of an adorable puppy (he names it "Perrito") and ends up finding a few more, which Mac and the others (but not Bloo) also find adorable. [[spoiler:Turns out the puppies are imaginary and can talk.]]
* [[WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat Puppycat]], since he's apparently a CuteKitten ''and'' a dog.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Police dogs. Police departments recognized this trope and, instead of training them only to be vicious and apprehend resistive suspects as they did in the past, now train them to do that and roll over for a belly rub at community events and liaisons to help seem less intimidating to children.
** And to pretty much anyone else.
* One of the cover photos for Barack Obama's [[http://www.facebook.com/barackobama Facebook page]] was of him petting his dog at some point.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article/133_7-dogs-that-accomplished-more-than-we-ever-will/?wa_user1=2&wa_user2=Weird+World&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=flashback This]] Cracked article explains it all.
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