When Josh Framm, a 12-year-old boy, finds himself in a new city with no friends, he's too shy to try out for the basketball team. However, while practicing, he meets Buddy, a runaway golden retriever, who surprises him with his ability to score baskets. Josh and Buddy eventually make the school team, and the dog's extraordinary talents spark a media frenzy – one that attracts Buddy's greedy former owner, who wants to cash in on the dog's notoriety. Boy and dog must keep one step ahead of the brute – while at the same time rallying their school team to the state finals!
The Buddies venture to the frosty arctic and team up with new friends in a thrilling dogsled race across Alaska. The daring dogs have to band together with their new pals, Talon and Shasta, and muster up the courage to face the fur-raising challenges ahead. But will they have what it takes to win the race and find their way back home?