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aka: Everythings Precious With Puppies
Is it two-ply? Is it durable? Is it absorbent? Who cares? It's got cute widdle puppies!
"Throw puppies at a problem and the problem may not disappear, but who cares? There will be puppies!"
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 Pet the Dog
and Kick the Dog
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 Cute Kitten
, Cunning Like a Fox
, Fun Size
, Canis Major
, Big Friendly Dog
, Canine Companion
, and note that one person's precious little pup is another's Mister Muffykins
. If the puppies distract from another situation, then a Cuteness Proximity
situation has occured.
Gratuitous Use Of Canines In Shows:
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- 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 AdBot has a softer side.
- Mexican-based phone company Telmex ran many television ads in Mexico, Peru and Colombia featuring a talking Jack Russel Terrier called Otto. The dog is so popular that even people who dislike Telmex wind up liking the dog.
- In a recent 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.
Anime and Manga
- In ElfQuest, Ember gets her first bond wolf, Choplicker, who is still a cub and he is lupine cuteness personified.
- The 1984 version of 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 The Third Man.
- Milo from The Mask.
- In Krull, Inept Mage 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 Bridesmaids, puppies are given out as bridal shower favors.
- In Scanners II: The New Order, 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.
- The Mechanic (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 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 Hard Revenge Milly: a villain gets chopped up into steak cubes. An adorable little dog then appears out of nowhere and starts to eat the meat.
- Biscuit, the little yellow puppy.
- The Clifford the Big Red Dog Spinoff Babies series, Clifford's Puppy Days, which is basically based on the spinoff books series (yes, the books came first).
- In The Death Gate Cycle, the hero gets a dog as a pet out of nowhere. 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 Dresden Files novels carrying a puppy around in his coat pocket. In subsequent books said puppy grows up into a Big, Friendly Heroic Dog, but he doesn't really have much impact on the plot in that book aside from causing random female characters to suffer from Cuteness Proximity. But who cares? Harry's carrying a puppy in the pocket of his bulletproof black leather duster, which is just so damn cute it almost ceases to be hilarious.
- Spot the Dog.
- The Puppy Bowl.
- 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.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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.
- In Top Gear where Hammond did an experiment regarding which was a better "girl magnet", a flashy sports car or a retriever puppy (named Killer). The puppy won by a mile. All who approached fell under the spell of the Cuteness Proximity and didn't even notice the car.
- A hilarious episode of Dinosaurs had all TV shows getting dumbed down, resulting in one show called "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 The Monkees features a cute, puppy-filled romp sequence to the group's silly song "Gonna Buy Me a Dog."
- In an episode of 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000, the bigger and meaner the on-screen dog, the more likely Crow and/or Tom are to exclaim "Puppy!"
- In the 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 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 Web Soup, which comes after the Nightmare Fuel / Nausea Fuel 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 Community episode "Cooperative Calligraphy", has a puppy parade.
- Retriever puppies were brought onto the set of A Bit of Fry and Laurie 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.
- Star Trek: Voyager. In "The Q and the Grey", Q is trying to sweet-talk Captain Janeway into an Interspecies Romance. Janeway, who left her own dog back on Earth, is surprised and delighted to suddenly find a puppy dog in her quarters. She goes all gooey for a second before toughening up.
Janeway: This isn't going to work, Q.
How can you ignore that face? (Q gives Janeway his best Puppy-Dog Eyes)
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 Star Trek: The Next Generation 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 Be Careful What You Wish For 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 Too Cute are this. The other half are Cute Kitten.
- In Rose Is Rose, Mimi stares into a window with a designer dress — because the manniquin is shown walking a puppy.
- An episode of WWE Smack Down, during the Chyna/Eddie Guerrero angle, had Eddie do something that had Chyna about to dump him - until he gave her a puppy.
- There was also Al Snow's brief run with having a chihuahua named Pepper as his, um, companion object. He gave Pepper to Jim Ross, 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.
- The Big Show once tried to give The Undertaker 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 Attitude Era, mind you) broke out in an "Awwwwwwww", all in unison.
- 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.
- Leap Frog's Scout and Violet.
- Fisher-Price's Laugh-and-Learn Puppy and Sis.
- In Tales of Symphonia, one of the little miniquests involves Colette attempting to name every stray dog in the game.
- Live Powerful Pro Baseball, 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 Ōkamiden is the scion of the mighty goddess of the sun that slew the personification of evil in the original Ōkami. Also a wolf puppy. Even the other characters succumb to Cuteness Proximity.
- The title character's family in Opoona have 8 puppies, which help in the tutorial, as well as needing to be located for a sidequest.
- Growlithe, Houndour, Poochyena, and Lillipup in Pokémon.
- In the Spelunky remake, one can choose the damsel to be a pug instead of a woman or a man.
- In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, 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. At the end of the game, Luigi has apparantly adopted it.
- Nintendogs is Precious Puppies: The Game.
- The Nostalgia Chick shouts "Puppies!" as a Running Gag. She also has her own puppy who appears in review. In the show its named Mignion, and in real life it's named Kali.
- The Shiba Inu Puppy Cam
- On YouTube, there's a video of high school kids performing "Give Us Your Money" from Avenue Q. 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.
- 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 cats as the other favorites.
- 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 YouTube cooking show Cooking with Dog.
- An episode of Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes 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 Blues Clues.
- Dora's puppy, Perrito (Spanish for "puppy") makes things so much more precious that Swiper won't swipe a gift once he learns that it's for Perrito.
- Shifty Dingo from Blinky Bill, sometimes to the point of being Tastes Like Diabetes.
- While neither the 1980s or the 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 Strawberry Shortcake'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, there are two reasons. This is the other one.
- In My Little Pony Equestria Girls, while Humanity Ensues for Twilight Sparkle, Spike the baby dragon gets turned into a puppy. Of course, the reaction of the Fluttershy native to the High School AU upon seeing Spike is no different from that of the original Fluttershy when she first saw him.
- The Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends 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. Turns out the puppies are imaginary and can talk.
- Puppycat, since he's apparently a Cute Kitten and a dog.
- 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 Facebook page was of him petting his dog at some point.
- This Cracked article explains it all.