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Old July 20, 2019, 12:35 AM
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While it's true that we may choose to personify a pet, and use a personal 'a' to introduce a personified direct object, the dog in your sentence is the indirect object, introduced with the preposition 'a'.

Here is an example where a dog is the direct object, and personified.
Vi al perro, Gazpacho.

Here, the direct object is a dog that is not personified.
Vi el perro.
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