The W.C. Fields adage warning against working with children or animals is solid advice, mostly—but pop culture (and history) has also proven that dogs have more than earned their place as man’s best friend, becoming as integral to our existence as work and play. They listen to us whine and offer slobbery consolation after a bad day, frequently while protecting us. Dogs are our companions, confidantes, and occasionally, even our consciences.
This weekend, the box office is going to the dogs, as John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum and A Dog’s Journey hit theaters. The films couldn’t be more different, but the four-legged friends are stalwart nonetheless, one going as far as to watch over a family across generations. To mark the occasion, The A.V. Club is handing out treats to the canine sidekicks of film and TV.