A Dog Named Christmas

A Dog Named Christmas
Written by Jenny Wingfield
Directed by Peter Werner
Starring Linda Emond
Noel Fisher
Bruce Greenwood
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Brent Shields
Running time 95 minutes
Production company(s) Hallmark Hall of Fame
Original release November 29, 2009
Preceded by The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Followed by When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story

A Dog Named Christmas is a 2009 American/Canadian television film that debuted on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on November 29, 2009.[1] The film was produced by Brent Shields, directed by Peter Werner and written by Jenny Wingfield, who based the script from a novel of the same name by Greg Kincaid.[1]


A tale of a young man with a learning disability, named Todd McCray (Noel Fisher) living with his parents in the rural midwest. The story takes place over a two-week period over the Christmas holidays when the local animal shelter launches an "Adopt a dog for Christmas" program. Todd's unconditional love for animals enables him to embark on an endeavour to ensure that as many dogs as possible get adopted by the local community.

One dog in particular has grabbed Todd's heart and through intermittent flashbacks, viewers slowly discover the reasons for his father's reluctance to fully support Todd's efforts.



A Dog Named Christmas is the 237th presentation by Hallmark Hall of Fame, the long-running anthology program of American television films. It was based on a novel of the same name by Greg Kincaid, which was published in 2008. He wrote the story almost ten years prior for his wife, Michale Ann, and his five children, who ranged in age from 9 to 13. Kincaid said his family hated the original story, particularly because of the unhappy ending. Kincaid rewrote the story over the next year, with a new ending that his family liked better. He named a character in the story after each of his children.[2]

The novel was fast-tracked into a film production in January 2009. During the film's original broadcast on CBS on November 29, 2009, the network sponsored a nationwide "Foster a Lonely Pet" program with Petfinder.com, an online database of adoptable pets, which included more than 2,000 shelters and animal-rescue groups across North America. After the end credits, a public service announcement was aired featuring Greg Kincaid describing the promotion.[2]


In its original American broadcast on November 29, 2009, A Dog Named Christmas was seen by 12.3 million households, according to the Nielsen ratings. It was outperformed in the ratings by NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast of the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, which drew 17.3 million households. It was also seen by fewer households than CBS's 60 Minutes at 14.3 million and ABC's Desperate Housewives at 12.6 million, but outperformed Fox's The Simpsons (9 million) and Family Guy (8.5 million).[3]


The movie was shot in the Southey and Earl Grey area, located in Saskatchewan, Canada.


  1. 1 2 A Dog Named Christmas Archived November 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. CBS, Official website.
  2. 1 2 Barnhart, Aaron (2009-11-27). "Hallmark and 2,000 shelters want people to adopt "A Dog Named Christmas"". The Kansas City Star. Kansas City, Missouri. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  3. Toff, Benjamin (2009-11-30). "Christmas "Dog" Trampled by Football". The New York Times. New York City, New York. Retrieved 2009-11-30.

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