When single mom Megan Nolan moves to a new town, she feels guilty for uprooting her ten-year-old daughter Caitlin. Megan decides to adopt a shelter pet for Caitlin. She immediately regrets her decision when Caitlin gravitates to the biggest, sloppiest dog in the pound, Jake. As Megan considers returning Jake, handsome ballplayer Ben shows up claiming Jake is his dog. Ben wants to take his dog and leave, until he sees that Caitlin loves Jake as much as he ever could.