You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
—Robinson Jeffers, The House Dog's Grave
Ah, the loyal, lovable, non-human friend. For whatever reason these dutiful companions will follow their (usually) human master just about anywhere. Sometimes it be magic, other times merely loyalty. In any event, everybody loves pets that know how to kick ass. Subtrope of Interspecies Friendship.
This trope is so common that it's seldom used in a purely straight manner. Usually it subdivides into one of the following tropes:
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