I've tried to ask for a cultural perspective on this, but can only seem to get personal accounts of the matter. Nonetheless, our puppy (who is actually not a puppy at all...she's 5...but she's too stinkin cute to just be a "dog".) is not a large puppy, but the reactions we *usually* get would make you think otherwise. For a size reference: she was small enough to ride in the cabin of the plane with us, but big enough to hate our guts for about 20 hours that day.
Please, enjoy the cartoon.