Dog Christmas movies
Christmas is certainly gong to be different this year after another announcement from the government about tougher tiers and tighter restrictions.

We know how disheartening and frustrating this news is, so there is only one thing for it... turn Christmas into a PJ day with naughty treats, sofa snuggles with your doggies and back to back Christmas movies, in-between zoom calls with your loved ones.

So we have put together a list of Christmas doggy movies that you and your pooch can relax and enjoy throughout the Christmas period.

THE 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS - Family comedy. It's Christmas time in 1930s Pittsburgh and motherless, 12-year-old Emma O'Conner has been sent to her Aunt Delores in Doverville. On arrival, Emma finds herself unwelcomed by Delores and caught in the middle of a war over dogs. On one side is Mayor Nobel Doyle  and the Town Council who are determined to maintain the 'No Dogs Allowed' law of Doverville. On the other side is Cathy Stevens 'The Dog Lady', who has been taking in people's dogs from all over the country as they can no longer afford to keep them. With the help of her school mates and over 60 dogs Emma attempts to win over the Mayor and the citizens of Doverville by staging a festive performance 'The Twelve Dogs Of Christmas'.

2. THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWSUpon his 1600th birthday, Santa Claus is given a very special gift: a white, fluffy, stuffed toy puppy which is brought to life by the Great Christmas Icicle (turning him into Santa Paws). When Santa loses his memory and becomes lost in New York, Paws and his new friends must find him and his magic crystal in order to restore Christmas. Along the way, they try to brighten the lives of Quinn and Will, a couple orphans whose only wish is to have a family.

3. CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKERStruggling with the recent loss of his father, 13 year old George is being pushed into manhood.With dad gone it's up to George and his grandparents to keep the family farm running. Juggling tragedy and responsibility, George is having a hard time moving on....until he finds a shoulder to lean on in Tucker his neighbour's dog.When alcoholic neighbor Thorne is thrown in jail George looks after Tucker...and Tucker looks after George!But when Thorne gets released George must find a way to stay with his new best friend.And when a storm hits, George and his grandparents must help the town survive. Its only with his new love and bond with Tucker that George is able to weather the storms of adulthood and find peace in his loss.Based on the book of the same name Christmas with Tucker is a classic Christmas story about a young man's love for his dog, his family and his farm.

4. BEETHOVEN'S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE - Tis the season to celebrate with everyone’s favourite St. Bernard, Beethoven, in an all-new, heartwarming holiday adventure where the hilarious canine speaks for the first time! When Henry the elf (Kyle Massey, TV’s That’s So Raven) flees the North Pole with Santa’s sleigh and his magical bag of toys, he crash-lands the precious cargo in a suburban neighbourhood tree. But when the bag ends up in the wrong hands, it’s up to heroic Beethoven and his teenage pal, Mason (Munro Chambers, TV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation), to rescue Henry, fetch Santa’s toys and save Christmas for children everywhere. Featuring an all-star cast, including Tom Arnold as the voice of Beethoven, it’s a barking good time for the whole family! 

5. A GOLDEN CHRISTMASFeel good family comedy about former childhood friends finding love the second time around. Feeling that her life hasn't turned out the way she expected, recently widowed lawyer Jessica (Andrea Roth) returns home at Christmas time to stay with her parents and soon discovers that her childhood home has been sold to a stranger. Determined to buy it back, she goes to increasingly elaborate lengths to succeed, including trying to get the new owner, Michael (Nicholas Brendon), arrested. But with sparks flying, events take an unexpected twist when Jessica discovers that Michael is actually her long-lost childhood friend and a very special golden retriever decides it's time to intervene.

6. THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOGThis Christmas, the magic continues… The Snowman and The Snowdog beautifully captures the magic and excitement of the original film as well as being a heart-warming story about love, loss and friendship. When a young boy, Billy, moves house, he discovers a secret box hidden under the floorboards – a snowman-making kit! Billy builds his snowman and, with a littlespare snow, a Snowdog. At midnight, The Snowman and The Snowdog magically come to life. Join Billy on the most amazing adventure, as they fly over London to the North Pole and compete with an assortment of colourful characters in a very special race. On return, Billy must leave his new friends outside and return to bed – but first, a wonderful surprise awaits him

7. THE DOG WHO SAVED CHRISTMASJoin the Bannister family, and their dog Zeus, a yellow Labrador and former K-9 police hero in the perfect family Christmas adventures. As burglars, jewel thieves and even a new dog on the scene threaten to ruin the family s Christmas, it s up to Zeus to seize the chance to be a hero, proving every dog - even this one - has his day.

8. SHELBY - THE DOG WHO SAVED CHRISTMASThis isn t just a Christmas miracle... It s Christmas magic! In this heart-warming family tale, rescue dog Shelby manages to escape the dog pound on Christmas Eve and runs straight into the arms of little Jake (John Paul Ruttan, Robocop). Immediately the two are inseparable! Jake wants to be a magician and Shelby soon becomes the best friend and magical assistant he s always wanted... The only thing standing between them and a perfect Christmas is the notorious local dogcatcher he has Shelby in his sights and he s not going to stop until he finds him! Can Shelby and Jake conjure up a little Christmas magic to save the day? 

9. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMASYou Better Watch Out! He’s green... he’s mean... and he hates Christmas! The Grinch is a bad tempered hairy green creature, who lives inside a cave atop Mount Crumpit, overlooking the village of Whoville. As the Whos of Whoville frantically prepare for their yuletide celebrations, The Grinch decides to put a stop to Christmas once and for all, and steals all their presents and decorations on Christmas Eve... only to finally come to learn that the true spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys. The hilarious Jim Carrey spectacularly brings The Grinch to life in this magical live-action comedy which is based on the wonderfully quirky and well-loved book “Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

10. A DOG NAMED CHRISTMASBased on the successful 2008 novel by Greg Kincaid, this heart-warming TV movie is destined to become a seasonal holiday classic. It tells the story of George McCray, who refuses to buy a dog for his special needs son, Todd, fearing that he would not be able to care for it. 20 year-old Todd is known for his love of animals, and the family's Kansas farm seems the perfect home for pets, but George is adamant: "This is no place for a dog. They are just a distraction". However, thanks to a helpful word from his mother, Mary Ann, Todd's persistence pays off. The McCrays foster an adorable golden Labrador through the local animal shelter. Due to the time of year they decide to call him Christmas, but will he become a permanent member of the family?

11. BONE ALONE - A doggy version of the nations best loved 'home Alone' Christmas movie. When a family leaves for Grandmas house at Christmas time they are forced to leave Bone, their badly-behaved dog, behind. While they re away, robbers move through the neighborhood stealing Christmas presents from the empty houses. Now Bone, with the help of a few friends, must use every trick he knows to stop the burglars!

12. CHARLIES CHRISTMAS WISH - Coming home from his last deployment, Sgt. Major John Frost arrives a month early due to a PTSD incident and is happy to be home for Christmas. He finds his wife, Jill and son Jimmy too busy to give him the welcome he anticipates. In his absence, they have adopted a dog - a little dog, Charlie, which is not his cup of tea. Jill, owner of Jill's cakes and bakes, has been struggling to pay the bills and has taken on too many holiday parties for her catering business, and forgets an important wedding. John finds solace with the fellow vets at the Moose Lodge until Hank, a retired Vietnam vet, is found by Charlie having suffered a heart attack and is then discovered to be homeless living in tented camp with CAPT. Jack. John finds his purpose as he rallies friends, family and community to build a new house for the vets and give them a warm Christmas Eve and a new start on civilian life.

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