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Monday, February 20, 2017

"Love At First Bark" -- a Hallmark Channel Original "Spring Fling" Movie!


Movie: Love At First Bark

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: April 1, 2017


Jana Kramer ... Julia Galvins
Kevin McGarry ... Owen Michaels
Anna Van Hooft ... Sherry McRay
Natasha Burnett ... Cindy Howard
Jaime M. Callica ... Mike Howard
Sarah Edmondson ... Cassie Guggenheim
Andrew Moxhan ... Jonathan Guggenheim
Reese Alexander ... Wyatt Salas


Storyline via Hallmark: Portland interior designer Julia Galvins (Jana Kramer) adopts a dog and seeks the help of expert and handsome dog trainer Owen Michaels (Kevin McGarry). When she is hired to design a nursery and a “puppery,” as well as plan a puppy shower fund-raiser for a pregnant client and her pregnant dog, Julia asks Owen’s advice, and their friendship just might turn into something more.

Movie Review:


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  1. From the plot description it seems as if boy meets girl, they hit it off and it turns into a long term romantic relationship but there seems a distinct lack of tension.

    Just have to wait and see how this plays out.

  2. Not used to seeing Jana as a blonde

  3. Love at First Bark

    Former One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer is currently in the Vancouver area filming Love at First Bark. Jana plays Julia Evans; a single woman with a new German Sheppard named Brad who turns out to be just as out of control as her personal life.

    After Brad destroys nearly everything in Julia’s apartment, she’s left with no choice but to seek professional help. A dog trainer named Owner steps in to teach Brad some discipline, but quickly sees that Julia needs to make some changes of her own. As things with Brad start to settle down, Julia discovers she might have feelings for Owen.

    Jana shared a cute behind the scenes pic of her snuggling up to her canine co-star Brad as production ramped up last week.

    Here’s another shot Jana shared while on set in Maple Ridge with iZombie‘s Leanne Lapp and Anna Van Hooft (Cedar Cove):

    According to the film’s IMDb page, Anna will be playing Sherry, Kevin McGarry (Heartland, Signed Sealed Delivered: From Paris with Love) will be playing Owen while Natasha Burnett (UnREAL) and Jaime M. Callica (Wayward Pines, The Romeo Section) will play Cindy and Mike Howard respectively. No word yet who Leanne will be portraying.

    Love at First Bark will continue filming in Vancouver and British Columbia until February 1st and will premiere on April 19th at 9pm as part of Hallmark’s Spring Fling series the US.

    April 1, 2017

    Filming locations that can be seen in the trailer include:

    White Rock Pier
    Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge
    Bosley’s on Dewdney Trunk Rd in Maple Ridge
    RELATED: Hallmark Movies and TV Filmed in British Columbia

    Update: A third dog-themed Hallmark movie, Like Cats and Dogs, has also started filming in British Columbia. Check out more about that movie here: Hallmark’s Like Cats and Dogs Starts Filming

    Hopefully either W Network or Netflix will pick up Walking the Dog and Love at First Bark so they can be seen here in Canada too.

    1. Yes - that is the article direct from what's filming. (I wanted to be certain to give credit to them!)

  4. But when she feels threatened by Owen's ex-girlfriend Bridget (Paula Giroday), Julia realizes that her “lead with love” approach she uses with her new dog—and with the rest of her life—isn't working very well ...

    Jana Kramer ("One Tree Hill," "Dancing with the Starts") and Kevin McGarry ("Heartland," "Signed, Sealed, and Delivered") star in Hallmark Channel's "Love at First Bark," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie premiering Saturday, April 1, 9 p.m. ET/PT. Portland interior designer Julia Galvins (Jana Kramer) adopts a dog and seeks the help of expert and handsome dog trainer Owen Michaels (Kevin McGarry). When she is hired to design a nursery and a "puppery," as well as plan a puppy shower fund-raiser for a pregnant client and her pregnant dog, Julia asks Owen's advice and the two begin to fall for each other. But when she feels threatened by Owen's ex-girlfriend Bridget (Paula Giroday), Julia realizes that her "lead with love" approach she uses with her new dog - and with the rest of her life - isn't working very well, discovering that if she leads with confidence instead, the rest will fall into place.

    · Jana Kramer as Julia Galvins
    · Kevin McGarry as Owen Michaels
    · Paula Giroday as Bridget



  5. Jana Kramer has had one whirlwind of a year. Between her hit song, her real life drama that unfolded in front of all of us, and being a mother to her little girl, the singer is constantly kept on her toes. But she’s apparently enjoying her ride — thriving actually. She’s adding to her resume as we speak.

    Kramer first found fame when she starred on One Tree Hill as Alex Dupre — a singer struggling to make it big. Sounds familiar, right? After that, Kramer found success when she released two albums and, last fall, she won us over with her incredible dancing skills on Dancing With The Stars. Instead of taking a breather, she decided to continue to hustle, and we can’t help but to be impressed.

    Kramer has been working with the Hallmark Channel all month. She is starring in Love At First Bark, where she plays a single woman with one seriously wild German Shephard named Brad. Her character, Julia Evans, eventually seeks professional help for training her pup, and in true Hallmark fashion, a romantic venture ensues.

    Julia Evans’ (Kramer) dog isn’t the only one who is out of control — apparently she’s a little all over the place herself, so when she takes her dog to a professional trainer named Owen, he’s got his work cut out for him with the two of them. By the time Owen makes progress with Julia’s dog, she begins to realize that she might have feelings for him.

    No news on who is playing Owen, but we’re so excited to see Kramer on the small screen again that we don’t really care. Love At First Bark is set to continue filming until February 1st, and will premier on the Hallmark Channel sometime in the spring.

    Congrats to Jana Kramer on all of her success! We so love watching her grow.


    1. At the time that was written, they didn't know who would portray Owen in "Love at First Bark." Of course, now we know - it's actor Kevin McGarry ("Heartland," "Signed Sealed Delivered: From Paris with Love")!


  6. LOVE AT FIRST BARK (90 min)
    Kevin McGarry, Natasha Burnett, Jana Kramer, Anna Van Hooft

    Free-spirited Julia is struggling to run her own design firm and has adopted the world’s most adorable dog, King. When King proves to be more of a handful than Julia bargained for, the handsome and selfless dog trainer, Owen, is more than willing to help out. As things start to improve with King and her business, Julia finds herself falling for Owen— but when a misunderstanding threatens to dog their relationship, Julia must look deep within and decipher how to balance new love with a thriving career.

  7. Love at First Back



  8. Jana Kramer has a starring alongside actor, Kevin McGarry in a new Hallmark movie.

    In the made-for-TV flick – Love at First Bark, she plays an interior designer who adopts a dog and then meets her love interest while searching for a dog trainer.

    Jana has been bouncing between television and music for years. Her acting career started in 2002, before making the leap to music in 2012. Starring and appearing on shows like One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights, and Grey’s Anatomy.

    Love at First Bark will debut on the Hallmark Channel April 1st at 10PM


  9. This movie was not my cup of tea. No chemistry between the actors. In most cases, close captions was on just to understand when she spoke.

  10. It was okay. If I didn't watch hometown hero after I probably would have wrote pretty good.

  11. I really loved this movie. I didn't watch One Tree Hill when Jana was on nit, but I LOVE LOVE her country music. So I was anxious to see her. I liked this story a lot. I even deleted a hallmark movie from my bedroom dvr too make room for this one. I hopwe this is just the beginning of all the good movies for Spring Fling and I see we are getting movies in May too, and also new movies on HMM&M in May too yay!!!!!


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