More Than Puppy Love


A young girl must learn to give up her dog to help a handicapped man regain his self-reliance.


Pamela Bach (Baywatch), Diane Ladd and Craig Benton (Truman)

RUNTIME: (90 Min)


Tom Whitus


Dennis Fallon, Daniel Welter

YEAR: 1999

RELEASE DATE: 01/01/1999






Long Synopsis

This is a story of a girl, her dog, and a man who needs to regain his self-reliance. Curtis Peterson, a strong, vital man in his late twenties, and his wife Marie (Pamela Bach) want to start a family. Tragedy strikes when Curtis is paralyzed in a construction accident. Meanwhile, another family welcomes an addition to its household. Teenager Steve Barnett adopts an 8-week old puppy to train as part of a church project. The Barnett family is to house-train Banner for a year. Then the dog would be returned to the Kansas Specialty Dog Service, where it will be trained to assist the disabled and visually impaired. Steve’s sister, 8-year-old Emily, ends up taking care of Banner, and falls in love with the dog. Her happiness is offset by the tragic circumstances affecting Curtis and Marie. When Marie takes a job as a waitress to support the family, Curtis is left to sit at home alone, wallowing in self-pity. Fate intervenes when Steve’s father stops at a diner, where he meets Marie and suggests she call KSDS. She does so, despite the reluctance of her husband. Trouble ensues when Emily runs away with Banner to eccentric Aunt Edna’s (Diane Ladd). Eventually, Emily must learn to give up the dog she loves, while Curtis learns to accept help and quit feeling sorry for himself.