After the death of his mother, ten-year-old Tianjin moves from the city of Xi'an to rural Tibet to live with his estranged father, LaGeBa. But becoming accustomed to the strange customs, relentless wilderness, and bullying neighbors of his new home on the steppe proves more difficult than expected. Worse yet, the boy's father is absolutely devoted to his job as a doctor, and hardly pays any attention to his struggling son, instead demanding that he spend his days herding the family's flock of sheep. One day, while being ignored as usual by the sheep he's attempting to herd, Tianjin is attacked by an enormous bear, which is chased off in the nick of time by a mysterious golden dog. Though cautious by nature, the Tibetan Mastiff warms to the lonely boy, and the two develop an intense friendship.
In 19th century Belgium, in the Flanders countryside, lived a young boy with an artistic flair named Nello, and his faithful companion Patrash. Though poor in the physical sense, the two friends shared a rich life along with Alois, one of Nello's neighbors, and his grandfather, his last living relative. Though great sorrow and hardship looms closely in the future, one thing is for certain, the devotion and companionship of Nello and Patrash will never fade...
Both main characters are pure hearted and are trying their best to overcome the trials set in front of them along with their dogs. Heartwrenching and dealing with the pain of survival, if you liked one check out the other.
Adorable family films about city-types relocating to the countryside (though the city is never shown in Tibetan Dog). Both have a huge focus on nature, animals, and family, and are absolutely gorgeously animated.