In a limousine, after leaving for business, Jenny reads a letter written by her mother to her family's butler, Winston, saying that she and her father left Paris for a conference in Rome. After reading the letter, Jenny becomes disappointed when she learns that her parents won't make it home in time for her 8th birthday; despite Winston's efforts to comfort and make her feel better.
After Jenny finds Oliver, Winston is against the idea of Jenny adopting Oliver for the reason that they have a dog; a poodle named Georgette, Winston was left responsible for Jenny by her parents, and they have to wait for her parents' approval. Later, Jenny's father calls to see if everything is alright (as assured by Winston), thus, giving Jenny the opportunity to ask her parents about their decision concerning whether to keep Oliver or not. She comes in after having had a talk with them on the phone and tells Georgette, who unfortunately met Oliver, that they have approved about her decision of keeping Oliver and that they're going to be "the best of friends."
Later on, after Jenny is kidnapped by Sykes, Winston is asked to contact her parents from Rome to demand a ransom for their daughter. Luckily, such trouble is avoided; thanks to Fagin and his dogs: Dodger, Tito, Rita, Francis, and Einstein. On the day of Jenny's birthday, while Winston and Fagin are making a bet as they are watching a wrestling match, Mr. Foxworth calls Winston from Rome, saying that he and his wife will be back the next day, apparently earlier than expected, probably as an unexpected beautiful surprise for Jenny. Delighted by the news, Winston tends to help them keep it as a surprise for her.
Despite being mentioned by Jenny and Winston (and Sykes), Mr. and Mrs. Foxworth never appear onscreen in the film.