~I received a copy of My Dog The Champion for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
MY DOG THE CHAMPION BRINGS INSPIRING STORY OF A CITY GIRL AND HER FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND TO FAMILIES NATIONWIDE
New Feature Film – Starring Dora Madison Burge, Lance Henriksen
And Cody Linley–– Bounds onto DVD for the First Time from
Anchor Bay Entertainment – February 4, 2014
From the city to the country, families from coast-to-coast will experience an uplifting coming-of-age adventure when Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes My Dog the Champion on DVD. The inspiring story of an unlikely friendship between a born-and-bred teenage city girl and a cattle dog, the new feature film starring Dora Madison Burge (“Dexter,” “Friday Night Lights,” Cowgirls ‘n Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator, Aliens vs. Predator) and Cody Linley (“Hannah Montana,” Cheaper by the Dozen) makes its national retail debut on February 4, 2014.
A moving and meaningful story for the whole family, My Dog the Champion begins when Madison (Burge), a spoiled city teen, learns that her mother is being deployed to Afghanistan. She is suddenly forced to uproot to the country and live on her grandfather Billy’s (Henriksen) cattle ranch – in the middle of nowhere. Facing the hardships of farm life and her feelings of loneliness, she befriends Scout, the farm’s old and “useless” cattle dog. The new companions quickly form a special bond. And when the family farm becomes threatened, Madison, with some help from Eli (Linley), a teenage dog trainer, trains Scout to be an agility champion and together they compete with the hope of saving their home. Side by side, the determined duo proves the heart of a champion never dies.
My Dog the Champion, with its story of friendship, love, teamwork, and challenges, is a must-have movie for families to enjoy. The film is executive produced by Arthur E. Benjamin, the founder of the American Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to rescue and promote the health and well-being of dogs and other animals all across the world. In addition, Scout, the movie’s starring dog, is herself a rescue which only makes the whole movie and storyline that much more heartfelt.
This is one of the first films I was able to get my preschooler to sit down and watch with me that was not animated. She enjoyed watching the dogs and I actually enjoyed explaining to her what the dogs were doing going through the dog course and what a rescue dog was. Even though our family dog is a pound pooch sometimes learning things from a movie is just easier for kids to understand. It was cute watching the technology driven Madison slowly become a country girl when she needed to be. In the process she discovers more about herself and her whole family when she has to be unplugged from society. Dog lovers and those that enjoy a good wholesome family film will truly enjoy watching this movie.
Run Time: 87 Minutes
Purchase: You can purchase the My Dog The Champion for $12.96.