Molly the Fire Safety Dog of Clarksville and her owner, retired firefighter Dayna Hilton, executive director of the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation, will walk the red carpet at the premiere of the IMAX movie, "Superpower Dogs," on March 13.
The duo will leave Saturday to travel to LA, then to San Diego, in Molly's “SpotMobile.” In September 2016, Molly was named an official ambassador for the the film.
“The moment I first heard about the film, I knew it was going to be epic," Hilton says in a news release. "Molly and I wanted to help contribute our time and talents to be a part of the documentary that takes audiences on an immersive IMAX adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world's most amazing dogs."
"Superpower Dogs" follows six real-life canine superheroes and their human partners as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the lives of people with special needs, the release states. Audiences will discover the abilities of different breeds and the science behind their superpowers, including:
• Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America;
• Henry, an avalanche rescue expert saving lives in the Canadian Rockies;
• Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard in the Italian Coast Guard;
• Ricochet, a surf and therapy legend in California who heals people with special needs;
• Tipper and Tony, Bloodhound brothers leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa.
“I have witnessed first-hand the power of canines, through my first dog, Sparkles (the Fire Safety Dog), and now, Molly," Hilton continues. "Even though Sparkles passed away in 2010, she is still helping save lives. The Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation was founded in honor of Sparkles, and Molly continues to carry on the work Sparkles started to help reduce fire related deaths and injuries among children and their families. To date, Molly and Sparkles have helped save the lives of nine children and three adults involved in actual fire-related situations.”
Molly, 6, has been presenting fire safety programs to children and their caregivers since she was 9 weeks old. Last April, Hilton and Molly traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the final scene of the movie, an experience Hilton says she would never forget.
“Molly and I were in Washington, DC, participating in a conference for fire safety educators. The minute the conference was over, we drove across the country in four days to arrive in LA in time for the filming. We were exhausted, but we would do it again in a heartbeat to be part of the experience,” Hilton says.
In addition to the filming, Molly also helped set the Guinness World Record title for the "Largest dog photo shoot" with 107 of her canine friends that day.
The official trailer for "Superpower Dogs" can be seen at www.superpowerdogs.com. "Superpower Dogs" opens in IMAX and giant screen theaters in 2D and 3D on March 15.