There’s a star-studded animated feature called The Secret Life of Pets coming out in July, but A Dog’s Life, a short from Belgian animator Pieter Vandenabeele, covers similar subject matter, though it deploys a far more poignant tone. (The owner here, quite frankly, sucks.)

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The essential question, though, remains the same: What does your dog do when you’re gone all day? And furthermore, could he beat you at chess?

[Everything Animated]