First Dog

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Production: First American Cinema
90 min

Mr. President.

Mr. President?

Mr. President.

An urgent matter

has come up

regarding the North Korean


Mr. President?

How many times

have I told you?


Mr. President, I'm sorry.

(Toy squeaking)

I've told Teddy a thousand times

not to sit in your chair.

It's all right, Stuart.

Some mornings,

I think he'd be better

running the country.

What's on the agenda

for today?

North Korean treaty sir.

They need an answer

by noon.

What time is the dedication


30 a.m., in Ohio.

The angel will be on the tarmac

waiting for you at 8:30 a.m.


Tell the press room

only 20 minutes,

I need to take care

of this.

Yes, Mr. President.

(Children chattering


(Shouting and laughing)

I've got you now.


Yeah! Whoo-hoo!

Stop! Stop!

Hey, little fella.



I'm sorry, Paul.

I told him not to answer

the door to strangers.

Well, you did a good job.

Can't get these cheques

fast enough.

You ever going to start up

the bed and breakfast again?

Oh, no. These foster kids

are my tenants now,

and I wouldn't have it

any other way.

Thank you.

Bye-bye, Paul.

Bye, Mrs. Angell.

Why did you give that man

your autograph?

That nice man brought me

a cheque from Uncle Sam.

Who's Uncle Sam?

He helps pay for all of you

to stay here with me.

Only sometimes

he's a little cheap.

Cheap, cheap.

Cheap, cheap, cheap.

Cheap, cheap, cheap.


Over here. Over here.


(Cheering over TV)

(Fanfare playing)

Mr. President, we're going to

need to keep this to 35 minutes

so we can make

your second appearance.

Three, two, one, good boy.

"Any man who doesn't like dogs

and doesn't want them around,

doesn't deserve to be

in the White House."

Calvin Coolidge.

He loved dogs.

POTUS is approaching

the green.

(Band playing

"Hail to the Chief")

(Crowd cheering)

I want you to know

how honoured I am,

to have your new school

as my namesake.

You in turn ought to be honoured

for your efforts

in combating

global warming.

Let's preserve more parks

like Woodroffe Park

here at the high school,

and keep our world green.

(Crowd cheering)

You are the future.

I'm depending on you.

The world

is depending on you.

Thank you.

Stay safe.

(Band playing

"Hail to the Chief")


Teddy, what's the matter?


Teddy, what's the matter

with you, buddy?


What's the matter with you?


(People screaming)

(Teddy barking)


The suspect, Lawrence Smythe,

was taken into custody today

at 1:
00 p.m.

after an attempt

on the president's life.

We so adore Myles.

He seems to be a wonderful,

bright child.

Oh, he is. Believe me,

what a character he is.

What about that boy

with a gap in his teeth?

Gap in his teeth?


You know, the quiet one

we saw in the corner

the other day?

Oh, you must mean Danny.


Oh, we don't want him, dear.

He seems too quiet,

not much of a personality.


No Danny is-- He's a lovely boy.

He suffered a tragedy

as a child.

Nothing a lot of patience

and love won't overcome.

As for Myles,

we still have a few placements

asking about him.

As you know, I don't have

the final say in these matters.


Well, I don't care

how long it takes,

your stay there

until you find him.

I'd look for him myself,

but I have a country to run.


We have the most sophisticated

technology in the world,

and we can't even find a dog.

Honey, why don't we

informing the press?

They'd have a field day

with this.

That's exactly

what I don't want.

We'll have everyone in America

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Bryan Michael Stoller

Bryan Michael Stoller (born 1960 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) is an independent filmmaker whose films include Turn of the Blade, The Random Factor, Miss Cast Away, Undercover Angel, and Light Years Away. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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