As the space-age mirror to the stone-age Flintstones, the Jetsons presented their own take on modern life, showing us the far-flung future. Astro is the family dog that first appeared with the family in 1962.
Even though he causes plenty of stress to owner George Jetson, Astro is a best friend to the family. Though clumsy and dim-witted, he’s loyal to everyone in the family. The dog can talk in rough “dog-sounding” English thanks to Don Messick. If you’ve ever thought that Scooby and Astro sound similar, that’s because they share Messick and basically have the same voice.
Weenie from “Oswald”
Weenie – who appears to actually be a hot dog in a bun – is a deuteragonist of “Oswald” alongside her owner, the titular blue octopus.
Weenie is a loyal and affectionate pet who keeps Oswald focused, and stops him from getting carried away on an idea. She loves to play frisbee or with a ball of yarn, and also enjoys howling along as Oswald plays the piano. She communicates in “bark-speak,” doing her best to tell Oswald what she knows. She loves ice cream and sticks with her owner through thick and thin since the very first episode. Her last appearance was the final episode of the show.
Rufus from “Kim Possible”
He isn't a cat or a dog, but if anybody tries to separate Rufus from his loving owner Ron Stoppable, there's going to be trouble. This cute little naked mole-rat doesn't even have any fur, but he still loves Tex-Mex, adventures, and Kim, just like Ron does.
It's hard to count the number of times Rufus has gotten Kim or Ron out of sticky situations, or the number of times that Rufus has bombed Ron's schemes to be more popular or cooler in school. He's voiced by Nancy Cartwright, who is best known for her long-running role as Bart Simpson.
Fu Dog from “American Dragon: Jake Long”
A Chinese Shar-Pei, Fu Dog is a magical animal guardian to Jake Long and Jake's grandfather Lao Shi. He assists with training Jake and provides lots of information about magical creatures and items.
Fu is able to walk upright thanks to his magical nature but has no trouble masquerading as a “normal” dog. He is stated to be over six hundred years old and has been feuding with a similarly magical cat named Yan Yan for some time, all over a lucky coin. Fu Dog is based on a Chinese architectural ornament called a Foo Dog which, among a number of things, is said to offer protection from spirits.
Azrael from “The Smurfs”
Even if you only know about the animated cartoon show that began in the eighties, Azrael and his master Gargamel have been trying to catch and eat the blue-skinned Smurfs since 1959.
The characters originally began in a comic by Pierre Peo Culliford, a Belgian cartoonist. Azrael, an orange tabby, loves spending time with the evil wizard Gargamel, even if the wizard does end up blaming the cat for all of his failures. Despite this, he remains loyal to his owner, even if he does like to snicker at Gargamel's failed schemes. Azrael's name comes from an Angel of Death, which is quite terrifying, and great for an evil wizard's pet.