A young father takes his 9-year-old son, the family dog, and two of his son’s friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado only for all five of them to be struck by lightning.
Mitch is a very busy father working in Hollywood as an executive for a studio, and he doesn’t get a lot of time for his family. He thinks that a dog would help the family, but before they decide to get one, a stray picks them first— by following Christian, his 9-year-old son, home from school. Christian names the dog Pluto.Pluto becomes the family pet in no time and a protector. But the situation with Mitch’s job doesn’t change, so the family moves to Colorado to live. Mitch decides to take his son and two friends plus Pluto on a hiking/camping trip. The events on the trip will change everyone forever. This story is of an amazing dog that becomes a watchful eye of the family, who, in turn, treats their dog with love and admiration. It is also a lesson in the power of prayer. “The Stray” is a heartwarming family movie that is wonderfully entertaining, while teaching about love for a pet, love of family and the importance of making time for family along with prayer. The Faith-Friendly Dove Seal for all ages is awarded to this movie, but I must caution about the scene of the lightening hitting the tent that may be frightening for young children.