Moments after seven spectacular show dogs enter the Best in Show ring at Old Sachem Kennel Club, a skinny puppy sneaks into the ring, grabs the Best in Show ribbon in its mouth, and races away. After the dogs in the ring and gallery yelp in dismay, a brave Bulldog chases the puppy, rescues the rosette, and returns it to the judge. But there is no question that the puppy has stolen the show.
Back in the grooming tent, the show dogs complain. Sick of the travel, the food, and their crates, Bloodhound, Poodle, Kerry Blue, Boxer, Springer, Corgi, and Yorkie devise an escape plan. After the dogs sneak off in the night to begin a seaside vacation, they have no idea that their group has grown by one. As they travel by boat, train, plane, and an old woody convertible, the dogs learn about the importance of cooperation, competition, and ultimately, friendship.
In this fanciful children's tale, a group of show dogs embarks on an adventure that takes them on trains, boats, planes, and cars and leads them from windmills to beaches to a haunted house, as they discover what it truly means to be champions.