Superpower Dogs reveal working dog diets at film premiere

Movie star rescue dog’s diet reflects active lifestyle

To fuel their active lifestyles, the dogs ate a variety of diets, according to the people who accompanied them to the premiere.

At the premiere, Halo looked a little puzzled by the attention, as if she would rather just be out facing danger and saving lives. During the film, she sat upright, vigilantly watching the screen and those around her. She had the air of a hero cop receiving a medal at the end of an action movie.

Kristian “Cat” Labrada, a canine handler with Florida’s Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue, has worked with Halo since puppyhood to develop their disaster rescue skills. The movie tells the origin story of the dynamic duo.

Search and rescue dog eats kibble and meat

When Halo and Labrada go back to their normal, yet heroic, lives, Halo eats a mix of foods depending on her energy needs.

“Halo eats kibble and I mix in a little beef or chicken to help flavor it up a little bit and then maybe some bacon,” she said. “Whatever, just to make it healthy and happy for her.”

The amount Halo eats depends on the work she does.

“I feed her once in the morning and once in the afternoon,” Labrada said. “About a cup to a cup and a half each feeding. Then if she works more, I'll feed her more. If she's not working and she doesn't eat it, then she doesn't eat it.”

For treats, especially while working, Labrada likes to use bits of bacon to reward Halo’s efforts.

The stars of the IMAX film “Superpower Dogs” walked the red carpet at the premiere of the 3-D movie in Los Angeles on March 9. From alpine rescuer Henry the Border Collie to therapist surfer Ricochet the Golden Retriever, the dogs lived heroic lives. The movie told their stories, while following the training of one Dutch Shepherd, Halo, from birth to certification as a disaster rescue dog.

To fuel their active lifestyles, the dogs ate a variety of diets, according to the people who accompanied them to the premiere.

Mars Petcare sponsored the IMAX film, which was produced in collaboration with various working dog groups.

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