The little dog picking up his ears at a far-off noise sounds incredibly formulaic and kitsch. Seen in just about 500,000 movies. Something a TV exec or straight-to-video producer would do.
I suggest a formation of Dornier 17's approaching England.
well in actually it really isn't given that squadron mascots were a very common on airbases in both the RAF and Luftwaffe and the US airforce.
You obviously know little to nothing of this fact. Just the fact you saw it in a few movies.
We will make it a Tiger and when he hears the sound of airplanes approaching will start salivating in a Pavlovian response to hearing his master coming and associate's it with being feed.
Just like you do when your mom walks in the door.