Who doesn’t like a rousing ruff-and-ready tale of doggy derring-do? And if the pup in question turns out to be a military hero as well? They’re even more deserving of a salute of late, as shown by such recent releases as the fictional “Max” and fact-based “Megan Leavey” that focused on canines who have faithfully served and sacrificed for their country.

There is a reason why Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd puppy who was rescued by an American soldier during World War I, became one of the biggest box-office stars of the silent era. The dog bone is deeply connected to the feel bone in humans and woe to those who toy with that connection without proper care. I rarely hear anyone beseechingly ask if people meet their demise in a movie before buying a ticket. But if a pooch goes paws up, many sensitive souls often refuse to go.