Even if you're not a pet lover you can't help but enjoy Hallmark Channel's latest family-friendly movie Puppy Love airing Saturday night at 9 p.m. with repeat showings throughout the weekend.
This film one of many planned events for Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, the network's evergreen initiative to save the lives of homeless pets through adoption and to promote healthy relationships between people and pets. Candace Cameron Bure is a spokesperson for Pet Project. Bure is joined in support of Pet Project by Luke Perry, Valerie Harper, Stacy Keibler, Dean Cain, Kellie Martin and many more.
Hallmark Channel's Pet Project launched early in 2012 with the mission to help families find pets who need a forever home and to promote healthy, loving relationships between people and their pets. To read heartwarming pet adoption stories, vote for American Humane Association's 2012 Hero Dog Awards or to learn simple tips for happier, healthier pets, go to http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/petproject.
Puppy Love is a Shaggy Dog-type tale about a lovable mutt "Jake" (played by BugZ) whose mischievous behavior pushes two unlikely people together for good. In the film, Bure plays single mom Megan who reluctantly adopts a puppy for her lonely child only to find herself in a custody battle of sorts with a handsome ballplayer who claims the dog was his first.
Pro baseball player Ben (Victor Webster) is devastated to find his pup has slipped out of the house thanks to a careless roommate; Jake ends up at the local shelter. Megan and daughter Caitlin (Katie Hawkins)–new to town–are at the shelter to find Caitlin a best friend. The girl is immediately drawn to Jake, the biggest, happiest, sloppiest dog in the pound. Caitlin falls in love.
Hesitant Megan worries about such an energetic dog, but she relents and adopts. Ben is relieved to hear the shelter has taken Jake in, but through a mix-up, Megan and Caitlin leave with the dog just as Ben is going in to claim him. In a tale filled with heart (and a whole lot of fur), Ben and Megan are forced to share custody of Jake. Initially, the couple clashes over how to raise Jake; however, spending so much time together has its benefits. Soon there is a whole different kind of puppy love going on.
Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer's Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.