A Hallmark Gidget
Good natured attorney, Kristie Simmons (Jennifer Finnigan - Angel of Christmas) is a life long local and is currently championing a group of locals who are battling to get bike lanes installed on the roads in town. But when Kristie isn't working or hanging around with her mum, Barb (Lini Evans - Harvest Love), she is visiting her friend Bill (Peter Benson), a veterinarian who just so happens to have a really cute dog named Gidget which needs looking after for a few weeks. It is whilst out walking Gidget that Kristie meets Keith Amos (Sam Page - All Things Valentine), a handsome attorney in town from Seattle for a few weeks and they end up hitting it off. But any chance of romance blossoming comes to a screeching halt when she discovers Keith is the attorney for the opposing counsel when it comes to the bike lanes.
There are various things you can say about Hallmark Channel romantic comedies and when it comes to "Walking the Dog" the most apt is that it is text book. We have the flirtations and budding romance between two people on opposite sides of an issue affecting an entire town. About the only differences here is that not only does Kristie have a sort of boyfriend in nice guy Bill but the issue in town isn't some hideous redevelopment which will kill small business but it is the addition of bike lanes to improve safety at a cost to the council.
So how do you try to breathe life in to something which is almost entirely stereotypical. Well of course there is the likeable nature of the cast with Jennifer Finnigan and Sam Page bringing out the playfulness of their flirtations from opposing sides. But there is also the great location of the town with a wonderfully rustic coastline which looks like it would be great for walks. But the real crowd pleaser when it comes to "Walking the Dog" are the dogs especially the cute little dog which plays Gidget, this dog is so full of cute tricks that even a non dog lover might melt at its adorable nature.
What this all boils down to is that "Walking the Dog" is just some typical Hallmark romantic comedy fun with an added dose of cuteness thanks to some well trained dogs.