Lead actress Kimberly-Sue Murray gives Charlie the Siberian husky a hug during the filming of Christmas in the Rockies. Several dogs from Winterdance participated in the filming of the holiday romance. /Photo by Brainpower Studios

Haliburton sled dogs get in the holiday spirit

By Jenn Watt

Winterdance owner Tanya McCready DeBruin said the dogs enjoyed their time on set, an experience that isn’t entirely foreign to the sled dogs.

“The pups all did awesome and loved all the people they got to meet,” she said. “Maverick and Charlie (12-year-old siblings and Hank’s leaders from most of his races) were there on a hot day so after two or three takes were happy to switch out with each other.”

Maverick and Charlie have both been in commercials and movies, McCready DeBruin said, “so know the drill of redoing things numerous times.”

Some lucky dogs from Haliburton County’s Winterdance Dogsled Tours tested out their acting chops this summer, joining the cast of Christmas in the Rockies, a holiday romance, for two days of filming. Siberian huskies Maverick and Charlie went to Newmarket one day, while puppies Wiggles, Calypso and Jacques spent the day on the set in Barrie on another. The movie will air on CityTV before Christmas.