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PETA recently created and awarded the inaugural “Compassion in Film Award” to Bradley Cooper, for casting his own dog, labradoodle Charlie, in A Star Is Born. Charlie also happens to be one of the best things about the film, and the cutest damn mop-with-a-face we’ve ever seen—seriously, just look at him. Bradley, we’d recommend guarding your dog closely.

In honor of Charlie, DirtCast decided to take another look at Hollywood’s most famous four-legged friends, going for a walkies through canine cinematic history. From Rin Tin Tin to Toto to Lassie to Beethoven, who were the good boys behind these Hollywood greats? How did their big breaks come about, and how did they deal with their newfound fame? What’s it like being mankind’s best friend?

For a first-paw account, we chat with Brian Hargrove, husband of David Hyde Pierce/Niles from Frasier, and co-author of Moose/Eddie’s autobiography, My Life as a Dog.

Got a topic you’d like DirtCast to explore? (Cats, perhaps?) Email us at dirtcast@jezebel.com.

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This episode was produced by Rachel Withers. Mandana Mofidi is our Executive Director of Audio. Our theme music is by Stuart Wood. This episode was mixed by Corey Schreppel.