When a New York City fashion designer returns home to her family’s struggling farm, she finds new purpose training a herding dog, and discovers that her four-legged shepherd has the talent to turn an increasingly inhospitable cattle farm into profitable sheep country in “You Lucky Dog,” a Hallmark Channel in HD Original Movie premiering Saturday, June 26 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C). Natasha Henstridge (“Eli Stone”) and four-time Golden Globe nominee Harry Hamlin (“Veronica Mars”) star in the story about facing failure and overcoming the odds.
After the sudden death of her mother, Lisa Rayborn (Henstridge) travels home to small-town Rockton, where her brother, Jim (Hamlin), and dad, Clay (Lawrence Dane, “Bride of Chucky”), are still mourning. To make matters more difficult for the family, Jim has begun raising Merino sheep on the farm against his father’s wishes. Jim hopes the Merino fleece would turn a better profit for the farm, but without a superior working dog, his sheep have instead made him the laughing stock of the town.
Deciding to stay home and help, Lisa goes to the local animal shelter and adopts Lucky, a Border Collie who Jim’s prime nemesis in ranching has just dumped. Jim wants nothing to do with Lucky knowing his biggest competitor thought so little of the dog. But Lisa, who sees the underdog in herself reflected in the pup, works vigorously with Lucky, and the dog shows such remarkable progress that the siblings decide to enter her in the town’s annual herding dog contest. But when unforeseen disasters put more than prize money in jeopardy, Lisa and Jim must ask more from Lucky than they ever could have imagined.
“You Lucky Dog” is a Chesler/Perlmutter production. Lewis B. Chesler and David M. Perlmutter, Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr. are the executive producers. Robert Vaughn is the producer and Marek Posival is the co-producer. John Bradshaw directed from a script by Kevin Commins.