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First Dog (2010)

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A foster boy is befriended by a lost dog who turns out to belong to the President of the United States. The boy decides to run away from the foster home to return the canine to the White House -- "Because it's the right thing to do!"





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... President of the United States
Eliza Roberts ... First Lady
John-Paul Howard ... Danny Milbright
Little Bear ... Teddy - The First Dog
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Big Mike
Priscilla Barnes ... June Angell
Paula Devicq ... Vicky-Ann
Tim Peyton ... Henderson
Linda Bella Linda Bella ... Sally
Paula Nelson Paula Nelson ... Herself
Kerry Wallum Kerry Wallum ... Band Manager (KW) / The Paula Nelson Band
Alexander Yurchikov Alexander Yurchikov ... Agent Morello (as Sasha Yurchikov)
Bill Heiser Bill Heiser ... Agent Alcove
Corbin Timbrook ... Mr. Brentwood
Bernie Kopell ... Psychiatrist Juvenile Hall


While US president Barrett opens a school bearing his name, his inseparable dog Teddy gets lost in the commotion when a gun is fired at its master. To avoid a press scandal, the matter is kept discrete. The dog wanders off to a country orphanage, where Teddy chooses as new master Danny Milbright, a shy boy who never seems to be considered for adoption but has a strong sense of justice, impelling him to return Teddy to his master. It proves an eventful journey all the way to D.C. Written by KGF Vissers

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In Dog We Trust


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

15 December 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Az első kutya See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

First American Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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I know it had good intentions but parts of it made me cringe
6 February 2015 | by ofpsmithSee all my reviews

Where to even start with this film. First Dog is a movie that has my opinion stretched. On one hand I liked it because the acting was good and the scenery was nice. On the other hand I didn't like it because it had some really dark elements for a children's film. Well let's look at the plot. The US President named Barrett (Eric Roberts) just narrowly misses an assassination attempt. In the chaos Barrett's dog Teddy runs away and inadvertently ends up with orphan Danny Milbright (John Paul Howard). Danny is a young shy boy who decides the right thing to do is hitch hike across the country to return Teddy to Barrett. Along the way Danny meets a friendly trucker named "Big" Mike (Tommy Lister) and a nasty hick couple. The film has good acting and beautiful scenery so why does it suffer? It has some really disturbing parts that will most likely make parents wish they hadn't shown it to their children. Let me list out some of the disturbing elements. The hick family is absolutely disgusting. These are some dirty people who smoke, hit each other, and curse. You know, for kids! One of them even points a gun at a character. There is also an unnerving scene where Danny is in a Detention Facility. And another unnerving scene where a doctor and Orderly in an animal shelter prepare to put down Teddy. Overall I admire the film for it's ambition but lots of violent scenes were really unnecessary and will upset kids.

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