“The Christmas Shepherd” is a holiday story about a very special dog who brings together a widowed successful children’s book author and a single father and his teenage daughter, that premiered on Hallmark Channel on Sun., Nov. 23, 2014, as part of Hallmark’s annual Countdown to Christmas programming.
A heart-warmer of a movie. “The Christmas Shepherd” stars Teri Polo and Martin Cummings. Teri Polo (“The Fosters,” “The Christmas Heart”;) and Martin Cummins (“Dark Angel, “When Calls the Heart”;) and Jordyn Ashley Olson (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”). The movie is named for Buddy (Ace the dog), a German Shepherd dog who runs away during a storm and ends up in a tug of war between two loving homes.
Sally Brown (Polo) is a successful children’s book author and illustrator who lives in a small Massachusetts town where shed lived with her late husband, an Army vet. He had served overseas where he found a German Shepherd who he named Buddy and brought home. Buddy is a connection to her late husband and to her son, who is serving overseas, so she is devastated when Buddy runs away during a thunderstorm. Sally immediate starts searching for her beloved dog, listing him with Missing Pets and driving around looking for Buddy.
Meanwhile, Buddy gets lost and keeps walking farther and farther from home. He is found, exhausted, by a man who takes his picture and takes him to a shelter. He is wearing a collar that identifies him as Buddy, but no contact information for Sally.
Buddy is only at the shelter for a couple of days when he is fostered by handsome widower Mark Green (Cummins) and his teenage daughter, Emma (Olson). They are struggling with the loss of his wife and her mother, but Buddy helps to heal their hearts and decide to adopt him permanently.
About two weeks after Buddy went missing, Sally gets a message from Missing Pets Network and receives the picture that the man took of Buddy. Sally is overjoyed, but getting Buddy back is not simple. Mark and Emma are attached to Buddy and when Sally meets them she understands that it will be difficult for them to give him up.
Sally has to decide if she wants to separate Buddy from Mark and Emmy, who have cared for him and given him a loving home. Buddy brings good luck wherever he goes, so as Christmas approaches Sally and Mark are drawn together and they all get the greatest Christmas present of all.
The cast of “The Christmas Shepherd” includes: Teri Polo (Sally Brown), Martin Cummins (Mark Green), Jordyn Ashley Olson (Emma Green), Jill Teed (Greta), Jody Thompson (Beth), Quinn Dubois (Jacob), Jeff C. Ballard (Bryan) and Ace as Buddy The Dog
“The Christmas Shepherd” is a Front Street Pictures and Shepherd Road Productions Ltd. Executive producers are Gerald W. Abrams, Allen Lewis, Marnie Young and Michael J.