A Fraser Valley canine will premiere on screen for A Dog’s Journey this weekend in theatres.
Starting Friday, movie-goers can watch the sentimental story of a dog who discovers his life’s “purpose” over a series of reincarnated lives where he relocates the family who first took him in every time.
One of those lives – as a Biewer Yorkie named Max – was played by local canine Belle.
A team of three other “look-alike” dogs also acted in subsequent scenes to create the canine character in film.
Bonnie Judd of K9 Co-Stars in Aldergrove, trains not only dogs for the cinema but other animals including wild boars, turtles, monkeys and wolves.
“Shooting days were long and it was important that Belle has stand-ins and other dogs on available to give her a break on set,” explained Judd about Belle.
Judd discovered Belle last year – the pup was chosen during a casting call held at the Abbotsford Paw Street Market.
The movie was in Winnipeg over a span of seven months and includes renowned actors Dennis Quaid and Marg Helgenberger.
Judd also holds skills classes in slower winter and spring months for cannines at her Aldergrove facility.
Other notable films Judd has prepped animals for include movies from the Air Bud series as well as Dr. Doolittle 2 and 3.