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The Dog Who Saved Christmas is a made-for-TV movie starring Dean Cain, Gary Valentine and the voice of Mario Lopez. It premiered on ABC Family, during their Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas programming block.


Zeus, a Labrador Retriever and a former police dog, has lost his bark after his barking ended up blowing off a five-year investigation and his partner can't shoot straight again and ends up at the pound. He is adopted by George Bannister as both an early Christmas present and as a good guard dog for the house, but the mom is hesitant and didn't want a dog. The dog is left home alone on Christmas Eve when the family head off to visit Grandma's house.

A pair of burglars, Ted Stein & Stewey McMann break into the family home, and it is up to Zeus to save Christmas for his new family by setting up booby traps to stop them. Zeus soon gets caught by the burglars and they muzzle him and continue to rob the house. Zeus escapes while Ted and Stewey continue to rob the house. Zeus gets chased through the house by Ted and Stewey until Stewey accidentally pepper sprayed himself. Ted then takes out a tranquilizer gun and tries to shoot Zeus but gets Stewey instead knocking him out. Ted tries to escape the house (with Stewey who's still knocked out) but Zeus finishes them off for good by dropping a chandelier on them, knocking the two robbers out. The police come and arrest Ted and Stewey and Zeus finally barks. The family come back and see Ted & Stewey getting arrested and spend a Merry Christmas together.



Song title Performed by
"Jingle Bells"
  • Dana Ferandelli
    and Andres Boulton
  • Marc Dauenhauer
  • D. Ferandelli
"My Christmas Dream" Brandon Jarrett
"Christmas Time Again" Peter Worden
"Beautiful Time of The Year" Pete Howard
"Up Jumped The Boogie" Michiko
"A Christmas Dance with You" Lacey Roland
"Just The Beat of My Heart" Lewis Lamedica
"Joy to the World" Bernie Meisinger
"It Doesn't Get Better Than This" Jennie Cathcart
"Jump This Joint" Tom Hall
"Dear Santa (song)" Billy Sherwood
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Bernie Meisinger
"Silent Night" A. Boulton


Actor/actress Character(s)
Dean Cain Ted Stein
Gary Valentine George Bannister (adult)
Coley Michael Feifer George Bannister (young)
Mouse #1 (voice)
Mario Lopez (voice)
Lana (Dog)
Elisa Donovan Belinda Bannister
Sierra McCormick Kara Bannister
Charlie Stewart Ben Bannister
Joey Coco Diaz Stewey McMann
Mindy Sterling Grandma Bannister
Adrienne Barbeau Lady (Cats)
Michael Healey (voice) Dogs at dog pound
Ilana Silverman (voice) Chegwee
Emma Feifer (voice) Mouse #2
Joe Torry Perry Winkle
Tino Struckmann Franz
Michael Ciminera
Richard Gnolfo
Caia Coley Donna Jameson
Melissa Soltero Leader (Christmas Carol)
James Rodriguez Officer Steele
Michael Feifer Officer Billing
Diane Healey (voice) Georgie's mom
Barry Barnholtz Jack
Anna Barnholtz Wendy
Jeffrey Schenck
Aidan Schenck
Ryan Schenck
Jordan Schenck

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