Set on a sprawling farm, this movie tells the story of the McCray family—hard-working George and Maryann, and their son, Todd. One day during the weeks leading up to Christmas, Todd, who has a learning disability, hears a radio story about an opportunity to shelter a dog in need of a home. His mom (Maryann) is all for the idea but his dad (George) is not.
What follows is a heart-warming story about the love that develops between a boy and his dog but there is much more complexity to this tale. The McCray family faces many challenges: the hard work entailed in making a living from their Kansas farm; physical and mental trauma; the difficulties of life with a special needs child; and the sacrifice and compromise that are part of being a family. The underlying themes of the value of persistence and working hard to achieve a goal are timeless, but perhaps more important today than ever.
Based on the best-selling book by Greg Kincaid, this movie is an annual December tradition in many households, and loved by children and adults alike. Filmed in big-sky Saskatchewan, Canada, the scenery enhances the emotional scope of the film. By the way, don’t be deceived by the movie poster; this is not a saccharine-sweet one-note story but a moving lesson about hard choices, dedication, love, and vulnerability.
Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/N4uNqSG8IGQ