Hollywood’s affinity for heroic dogs dates back to silent films. Heard of Rin Tin Tin? He was so popular that he received the most votes for the first Academy Award for best actor in 1929. The Academy thought it best to give the award to a human however. How about Lassie? Everyone knows Lassie. What’s that Lassie? Woof woof woof! Timmy fell down the well? Woof!