The presence of a cute dog makes men more attractive (or less threatening) to women and increases the success of panhandlers. It may also help influence a jury in a trial.
Herzog, Harold, 2011. The 'Cute Dog Effect' on Sex, Money and Justice. 'Animals and Us,' Psychology Today, 29 August. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animals-and-us/201108/the-cute-dog-effect-sex-money-and-justice