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Canine Companion

A dog who travels with a character wherever he or she goes. This may be anything from a Mister Muffykins to a Non-Human Sidekick. If you're lucky, your Post-Apocalyptic Dog will be one of these, and not a feral dog hunting you down.

Often called upon for Urine Trouble jokes.

A Sub-Trope of Precious Puppies, Heroes Love Dogs.

See also A Boy and His X.

Examples:

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    Anime 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Germany has three dogs: Blackie (German Shepherd), Berlitz (Dobermann), and Aster (Golden Retriever).
    • Japan has one too, and his name is Pochi. He's likely to be either a Japanese Spitz, or maybe a really small Shiba Inu.
    • Sweden and Finland have Hanatamago. We don't know her exact breed, but she's speculated to be a Samoyed since she's white and fluffy.
  • Helen ESP has Victor, Helen's seeing-eye dog with whom she has a psychic connection.
  • Mazinger Z: Saijyo -a secondary character appeared in episode 26- and his female dog, Norako. He was an orphan, homeless boy, and she was her only friend. He was fiercely protective of her.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Fate and Arf in the first two seasons. Not so much in later seasons, which has Arf both spending less time in her wolf form and spending less time together with Fate.
  • Naruto:
    • The entire Inuzuka clan (the name means "dog soldiers") work with large, wolf-like dogs, at least one of whom can talk. Akamaru, who in Part I is small enough to be carried in Kiba's hood, is as big as a pony by Part II, and carries Kiba on his back.
    • Kakashi and his eight Ninken, who he mostly summons for tracking rather than battle.
  • Neo Human Casshern: Casshern travels with his dog partner Friender. Friender was originally the family dog — brave and fierce, who got killed, but was revived as a trusted companion. Friender can become a tank, car, jet, or a submarine, and can breathe fire. He is the inspiration of Rush.
  • Wolf's Rain: Quent Yaiden and Blue.

    Comic Books 
  • Tintin: Tintin has Snowy, who's bright enough to help his master on the many (many, many) occasions he gets himself captured.
  • Astérix: Obelix has Dogmatix. He's a cute little white dog, and very intelligent. Obelix might insist from time to time to give him some important tasks.
  • Jommeke: Filiberke has a dog, Pekkie, and the Duchess of Stiepelteen and her husband have two dogs, Tobias and Fifi.
  • Tom Poes: Somewhat subverted with Olivier B. Bommel. His butler is an anthropomorphic dog named Joost.
  • Suske en Wiske: In some stories Wiske has a dog named Tobias.
  • Urbanus: Urbanus has a dog, Nabuko Donosor.
  • Boule et Bill: Boule has a cocker spaniel named Bill.
  • ''Cubitus: Cubitus is the canine companion of Sémaphore.
  • Mickey Mouse Comic Universe: Mickey Mouse has Pluto.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Donald Duck has Bolivar, a Saint Bernard.
  • The Sandman: Delirium has Barnabas, who she picked up from her brother Destruction.
    Delirium: I can't look after a doggie.
    Barnabas: You misheard him. I get to look after you.
  • Groo The Wanderer:
    • Groo has Rufferto. Writer Mark Evanier once pointed out that Groo couldn't have a human sidekick unless that sidekick was stupider than Groo, but a dog that would always see him as smart and heroic would be ideal.
    • The Sage has Mulch.
  • Superman has Krypto.

    Comic Strips 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Heroes: Sandra Bennet has Mr. Muggles.
  • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "The Hunt". Hyder Simpson is accompanied everywhere by his dog Rip...even in the afterlife.
  • Inspector Rex, or Kommissar Rex in its native language. The tale of a crime-solving police dog and its owner.
  • Ned of Pushing Daisies has Digby, though Digby seems to like Chuck and Olive just as much.
  • Corporal Rusty had private RinTinTin.
  • The Muppet Show: Miss Piggy has Foo-Foo (the wonder poodle.)
  • Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor had K-9, a robot dog.
  • Top Gear had Dog, a female Labradoodle who accompanied Richard Hammond on his adventures for Season 8 and part of Season 9.
  • Due South: Diefenbaker, Fraser's deaf wolf.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: Captain Archer had his beagle, Porthos.
  • Pit Boss: Shorty Rossi has his big friendly service pit bulls Hercules and Geisha.
  • Talesofthe Gold Monkey: Jake Cutter has Jack, the one-eyed Jack Russell terrier.
  • In the pilot of 7th Heaven Simon Camden wishes for and gets a dog that he names Happy.
  • Wishbone is a dog that belongs to Joe Talbot.
  • Veronica Mars is always careful to bring Backup whenever she goes on stakeouts.
  • Person of Interest has Bear the military-trained Belgian Malinois, who responds to commands in Dutch.
  • Once Upon a Time has Archie Hopper and his faithful Dalmatian Pongo.
  • Later seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard gave Sheriff Rosco Coltrane his beloved basset hound Flash.
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Sully was rarely seen without his faithful dog Wolf, an Alaskan Malamute.
  • Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye: Sue Thomas is a deaf FBI agent. Levi is Sue's hearing ear dog.

    Literature 

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Dorothy has Toto.
  • The chaps of Three Men in a Boat have the canine delinquent Montmorency.
  • I Am Legend: The Dog in the original short story is a subversion. The survivor tries to tame a feral dog into his companion. He appears to succeed in getting the dog to take food from him, and then you find out the dog died two weeks later due to illnesses.
  • The Dresden Files: Harry's dog Mouse goes all sorts of places dogs don't usually go.
  • Old Kingdom: Lirael has the Disreputable Dog. Kinda.
  • Haplo, Anti-Hero of The Death Gate Cycle, has a dog that goes everywhere with him, even when this defies all logic or common sense. It turns out that the dog, unknown to everyone, is actually a magical manifestation of Haplo's soul.
  • In Pocket in the Sea, Vicky, Lulu's dog, visits him in prison (and it apparently a regular visitor), is brought on board a deployed military submarine and even goes to prison with the crew later on in the book. Despite her adventures, Vicky is very distinctly a dog.
  • In The Silmarillion story of Beren and Lúthien, the title characters are accompanied on their adventures by the wolfhound Huan.
  • Oleg Divov's The Dog Master features an entire paramilitary organization where specially-equipped soldiers hunt zombie-like creatures with their dogs. They are led by the titular Dog Master. Neither the dogs nor their masters survive the final battle with the zombies.
  • In John C. Wright's The Golden Transcedence, Phaethon populates the bridge with mannequins of famous explorers. Including the dog of one such explorer, because it was just not right to have that man without his dog.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has the Stark kids and their direwolves
  • In the Walt Longmire series of mysteries by Craig Johnson, from book two onward the old sheriff is accompanied everywhere by an oversized St. Bernard/Shepherd/miscellaneous mix called Dog. (The dog adopted him, and Walt never got around to giving him a name.) Walt not only implicitly trusts Dog's instincts but wryly muses about what Dog has figured out about the latest case and his various other social complications.
  • In Ted Wood's mystery/action series about Reid Bennett, a Canadian small-town policeman, Bennett's Alsatian police dog Sam is important enough to make them an outright Buddy Cop Show duo.
  • In Dana Stabenow's mystery series about Alaskan investigator Kate Shugak, Shugak is usually accompanied, and at times rescued, by her faithful husky/wolf cross Mutt.
  • Played With in Beetle in the Anthill: Lev Abalkin explored the dying planet of Hope with his longtime partner Schyokn-Itrch, a golovan—that is, member of a sentient species evolved from dogs native to another planet recovering from a nuclear war. The golovans are extremely intelligent, fearless, and possess superhuman senses, so in many ways, Abalkin is Schyokn's humanoid companion rather than vice versa.
  • In The Odyssey, the only one to recognize Odysseus when he returns home in disguise is his aged, faithful dog Argos—who had never abandoned hope, and who died happy after seeing his master one last time.
  • In Angelmaker, Edie's is a small, old pug with pale pink glass eyeballs .
  • Gry trains a guide dog named Coaly for Orrec in Gifts when he goes blindfold due to being unable to control his Deadly Gaze. He keeps her even after he takes the blindfold off.
  • Rosemary Sutcliff gave many of her protagonists a canine partner – notably Cub the tame wolf in The Eagle of the Ninth, King Arthur's Cabal in Sword at Sunset, Whitethroat in Warrior Scarlet, A Dog Named Dog in Dawn Wind, Hugin in Sword Song, and Argos in Brother Dusty-Feet. The Silver Branch, bizarrely, features Cullen the Hound, a human sidekick who thinks he's a dog.

     Tabletop Games  
  • Arkham Horror has an Ally card for a dog named Duke. He's good for your sanity.
  • Warhammer 40K: Space Wolves ride Fenrisian Wolves, ginormous wolves that can grow to bigger than a rhinoceros, and are tamed by finding the pack leader and defeating it in single combat (or being raised by them, as has happened twice already). And they really do follow the hero everywhere: strategic briefings involving multiple Chapters involve either telling the nine-foot-tall space Viking in Power Armor and a giant axe to go wait outside, or tolerate the panting, scratching, and roughhousing of half a dozen wolves bigger than the briefing room table.
  • In the new Mutant Chronicles: Warzone Resurrection, Mitch Hunter can form a combat team with his dog Pride.

    Theater 
  • In Gypsy, Rose has Chowsie.

     Video Games  
  • This is the central mechanic in Haunting Ground, which has Fiona rely on Hewie as both her primary means of defense and to recover items in areas that are inaccessible to her. Together, they must puzzle their way past the castle's dangers in order to escape.
  • Suikoden II: Kinnison and his dog, Shiro, live in the forest surrounding Ryubei Village. If Raiou puts the baby bird back in its nest and returns a short while later, Kinnison will ask if he was the one who saved it. Answer "yes" and they'll join Raiou's army.
  • Fallout: Dogmeat, a dog which the player can have join their party, also makes a cameo (and acted as a non-canon bonus character) in Fallout 2 (along with two normally recruitable cybernetic dogs companions: K-9 and Robodog, and a "special encounter" jinxed dog called Pariah) and appears (in 3D for the first time) in Fallout 3 . He's found next to a dead body named Max, a homage to Mad Max 2 and his dog, Dog. Fallout: New Vegas also gives you Rex, a new cyberdog companion, and in the DLC "Old World Blues" you can get Roxie, a female cyberdog (which can actually "mate" with Rex in several endings if certain conditions are attained) Many players have been known to Save Scum should their dog companions die in Fallout. Human companions, meanwhile, are generally considered expendable.
  • In Fable II, the protagonist gets a dog to help fight off enemies and find buried treasure. You get a dog in Fable III as well.
  • Samurai Shodown: Galford is accompanied in battle by his dog Poppy, who also assists him with some attacks.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Final Fantasy VI: The ninja Shadow has Interceptor, who helps him in battle. Because Interceptor was coded as a hidden status effect, it's possible to accidentally lose him.
    • Final Fantasy VIII: Most of Rinoa's Limit Break attacks involve her dog, Angelo.
    • Final Fantasy X: The Aeon Yojimbo has a dog named Daigoro that helps him in battle.
  • Secret of Evermore's hero has a dog that helps him in battle.
  • Tales of Vesperia has Repede, a damned big dog loyal to Yuri, the main protagonist. Oh, and he's a playable party member as well.
  • The Shinobi sequel Shadow Dancer had Yamato, who you could sick on enemies to prevent them from attacking.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, you have an opportunity to get a Mabari hound into your party, unless you're a Human Noble, then you've had one for years. Ferelden loves dogs.
    • In Dragon Age II, the Black Emporium DLC provides a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for the original Mabari. This time, the dog is treated much like a ranger's summoned animals were in the original, so he no longer takes up a party member slot and can be with you at all times.
  • Conquest Of The Crystal Palace: Farron and his dog Zap are the only ones brave enough to rise against the conquest.
  • Deadly Premonition has Forrest Kaysen's dalmatian Willie, who is exceptionally good at tracking down missing people. According to Word Of God, it also relays orders to Kaysen from the Red World.
  • The Dead to Rights games has Shadow, an insanely vicious husky capable of killing Mooks as well as his Cowboy Cop partner Jack Slate as well as being able to solve puzzles or get various objects needed for Jack to progress.
  • Minecraft has wolves, the first mob that can be tamed. They'll follow you around and help you fight, whether that means defending you from hostile mobs or hunting down passive mobs that you have targeted.
  • The orange dog from But That Was Yesterday.
  • Missile from Ghost Trick. Possibly the greatest example ever.
  • Dog from Half-Life2, although his (it's?) body moves more like a gorilla, but the way he acts and his function in the game are both clearly dog-like.
  • Dog/Worthless Mutt from Arcanum. He can join your party without taking up a companion slot and train himself to be a melee master.
  • Quite a few Pokémon are based on dogs; examples include the Growlithe, Snubbull, Houndour, Poochyena, Riolu, Lillipup and Furfrou families.
    • If you include foxes, then the Vulpix, Zorua and Fennekin families also count.
  • In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Bladewolf accompanies Raiden from File-02 onward and by the end he's more or less become Sunny's Canine Companion instead.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim both have optional dog companions; Oblivion's in the form of a skinned hound reward for a quest, and Skyrim's in the form of randomly encountered pooches that can be commanded to come along with you.

     Web Original 
  • Played straight with Wolfie in Far Lands Or Bust, but subverted in Mindcrack Ultra Hardcore, where Kurt's wolves have been responsible for his deaths in both seasons 5 and 6.
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Mr Rochester travels a lot and apparently he takes Pilot with him. He even tweets as Pilot. Sometimes it's really what a dog might say, but sometimes the tweets are business related.

     Web Comics  

     Western Animation  

     Real Life  
  • Older than dirt. Dogs were domesticated from wolves during the stone age and have been humanity's companion animal ever since.
  • John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley, an account of his 1960 road trip around the U.S. with his French poodle Charley.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt and his various dogs, particularly his Scottish Terrier Fala.
  • Various celebrities, mostly females, at one point or another carried a small Chihuahua or similar with them in their handbag as a fashion accessory.
  • The self-proclaimed "Fashion Czar" Rudolf Mooshammer from Munich, Germany also had one called Daisy that he carried everywhere he went.
  • Paris Hilton and Tinkerbell.
  • Queen Elizabeth II is rarely seen out of the company of at least one of her large brood of corgis.
  • Dogs that work in fire investigation, bomb or drug sniffing, rescue, etc. practically live as a member of their handler's family in order to increase effectiveness via better rapport.
  • The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets has Reveille VIII, the latest in a dynasty of purebred Rough Collies. The original Reveille was a stray mutt that some cadets brought home after accidentally hitting her with their car. They brought her back to campus and smuggled her into the dorms, intending to quietly take her to the vet school in the morning. Instead, the dog revealed herself when she reacted about the same way everyone else does to the morning bugle call, Reveille, and howled in protest, thus leading to her name. Quite a bit of tradition surrounds Reveille. She is considered the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets, a Cadet Generalnote  , and all other cadets are expected to greet her accordingly, and address her as "Miss Reveille, Ma'am." She is to be attended by a cadet at all times, with this duty usually going to a specific cadet in Company E-2, known colloquially as "The Dog Corporal". She eats meals in the same dining hall as the cadets, Duncan Dining Hallnote , and attends classes with the cadets. If she barks during class, it is said that class is dismissed per her authoritynote . When a Reveille dies, she is buried in front of Kyle Field, facing the scoreboard so she can see how the Aggies are doing, with a full funeral, where thousands of students and cadets attend.
    • Back in 1953 the University of Tennessee elected Smokey the Bluetick Coonhound to be their mascot. During the halftime of the 1953 game against Mississippi State several coon hounds were introduced to the student body for consideration. "Blue Smokey" was the last in line, and when his name was called he howled loudly. The stadium went nuts and he was basically elected on the spot. The current mascot is Smokey X.
  • Miley Cyrus owns (or owned) a large assortment of pet dogs over the years, many of them adopted from animal shelters, and pictures of her and her dogs regularly appear on her Twitter account. She dedicated her performance of "Rebel Yell" at her 2012 VH-1 Divas concert on the air to Lila, a pet dog she tragically lost a month before (fans donated to a charity in Lila's honor).
  • Russian President Vladmir Putin's dog Koni is extremely faithful to her owner, accompanying him to meetings, press conferences, national events, and even visits with foreign dignitaries. Oh, and if an attempt is made to keep her from being beside Putin at any given time, she will escape her captivity and find a way to go to his side. This has caused some comical headaches for the overprotective President, who has urged the press to "please not feed my dog."
  • A military working dog named Cairo accompanied the U.S. Navy Seals who took part in Operation Neptune Spear, in which Osama Bin Laden was killed.

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