First Dog

DVD Release: September 6, 2011
First Dog


The story begins when “The First Dog,” Teddy, is accidentally left behind after the President appears at a dedication ceremony. Thousands of miles from home, the dog is found by a young boy, Danny Milbright, who discovers that Teddy belongs to the President of the United States – but no one believes him. And so begins an exciting road adventure filled with hardships, friendships and suspense, as Danny runs away from his foster home to return The First Dog to the White House — because, “It’s the right Thing to do!”

Dove Review

This is a charming story about “doing the right thing.” Danny is a lonely child in a foster home and he feels no one wants him but when he discovers Teddy, The President’s dog, or should I say Teddy finds Danny, the adventure begins. Through the help of strangers, some good and some bad, which they meet along the cross country trip, Danny discovers many things about himself and his friendship with Teddy.

While this is a cute and wonderful family movie that all can enjoy, we must teach our children that it is not right to run away from home even if it is to do the right thing. The movie is filled with lessons about self worth, believing in others and listening to children, “First Dog” is truly entertaining and a fun movie. Everyone in the family can view this film but there is some content that may frighten younger children. See content chart. We award the Dove Family-Approved” 12+ Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: D-1; Dang-1, Crap-1; Thank God -1
Violence: A shot fired at the President of the United States; kids texting while driving which causes an accident; young people arguing; discussion regarding death of parents by an auto accident and dying in a house fire; woman slaps man four times; woman robs a gas station; a couple attempts to steal dog; chase scene between a semi and a car; boy throws fireworks into a car; a man punches another.
Drugs: Woman smokes a cigarette; discussion regarding a cigarette starting a house fire.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Being in foster care; running away from foster home; young Boy travels across country alone with dog; issue of trusting strangers; discussion regarding putting a dog "down".


Company: First American Cinema
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 95 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe