The Dog Who Saved Christmas is a made-for-TV movie starring Dean Cain, Gary Valentine and the voice of Mario López. It premiered on ABC Family, during their Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas programming block.
Zeus, a Labrador Retriever and a former police dog, has lost his bark after his barking ended up blowing off a five-year investigation and his partner can't shoot straight again and ends up at the pound. He is adopted by George Bannister as both an early Christmas present and as a good guard dog for the house, but the mom is hesitant and didn't want a dog. The dog is left home alone on Christmas Eve when the family head off to visit Grandma's house.
A pair of burglars, Ted Stein and Stewey McMann break into the family home, and it is up to Zeus to save Christmas for his new family by setting up booby traps to stop them. Zeus soon gets caught by the burglars and they muzzle him and continue to rob the house. Zeus escapes while Ted and Stewey continue to rob the house. Zeus gets chased through the house by Ted and Stewey until Stewey accidentally pepper sprayed himself. Ted then takes out a tranquilizer gun and tries to shoot Zeus but gets Stewey instead knocking him out. Ted tries to escape the house( with Stewey who's still knocked out) but Zeus finishes them off for good by dropping a chandelier on them, knocking the two robbers out. The police come and arrest Ted and Stewey and Zeus finally barks. The family come back and see Ted and Stewey getting arrested and spend a Merry Christmas together.
- Dean Cain as Ted Stein
- Elisa Donovan as Belinda Bannister
- Gary Valentine as George Bannister
- Mario López as Zeus (voice)
- Adrienne Barbeau as Cat Lady
- Mindy Sterling as Grandma Bannister
- Sierra McCormick as Kara Bannister
- Joey Diaz as Stewey McMann
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|Freeform Original Movies|
|Family Channel Era (1996-97)||Christmas Every Day • The Christmas List|
|Fox Family Era (1998-2000)||Like Father, Like Santa • The Ghosts of Christmas Eve • Special Delivery|
|ABC Family Era (2001-15)||Three Days • Picking Up & Dropping Off • Christmas in Boston • Chasing Christmas • Santa Baby • Christmas Do-Over • Christmas Caper • Holiday in Handcuffs • Snowglobe • Snow 2: Brain Freeze • The Dog Who Saved Christmas • Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe • The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation • Christmas Cupid • Desperately Seeking Santa • 12 Dates of Christmas • Home Alone: The Holiday Heist • The Mistle-tones • Christmas Bounty • Holidaze|
|Freeform Era (2016-present)||Holiday Joy|