The people making the noise are hidden from his sight and start talking about finishing someone off, and Thomas, instinctively dives into the rescue only to find the town's folk, gathered closely around a dying dog. From thereon, one-by-one, the people of Dampier, Western Australia each have a story to tell about their wonderful canine friend, fondly known to them all as Red Dog.
With a sweet eccentricity in places, and a heart-breaking romance to boot, Red Dog isn't just a tale about a wandering dog - although he really is that central - it's a story of a small town, full of completely different people and a shared love for one particular pooch, who gives them reason to come together and to celebrate as one.
The cast doesn't really include anyone major to speak of - aside from Koko the dog of course - but nonetheless its central characters give great performances. Josh Lucas is John, the man who just can't seem to find a good enough reason to stay in one place; Rachael Taylor plays Nancy, one of the few women with a job in the town; and London-born actor, Noah Taylor plays the pub's landlord.
Red Dog plays on the heart strings in a big way, undeniably a great film for kids and an enjoyable watch for adults with some genuinely touching moments.