Pet lovers will revel in director Lasse Hallstrom's slight but charming screen version of W. Bruce Cameron's best-selling 2010 novel. And parents will be pleased to find the movie free of any genuinely objectionable elements -- albeit one brief scene may, or may not, imply that Maya and her boyfriend, Al (Pooch Hall), are living together.
Grown guardians also will want to note that some sequences are too potentially frightening for the smallest pups.
Those inclined to be cynical may balk at bucolic scenes vaguely reminiscent of a TV ad for hay fever medicine. Still, a good-hearted romantic wrap-up matching characters played by Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton succeeds in keeping things cuddly for all but the most jaundiced.