Hugo and Mackey from Snowy Owl were used throughout the film as stunt doubles for Togo’s face, Diesel. Diesel, the canine lead who plays Togo, is a CKC-registered Siberian Husky from Newfoundland, Canada. He is a direct descendant of the real Togo going back 14 generations.
In fiction, we discovered that a Siberian husky named Diesel represented the adult Togo. He had two stunt doubles, Hugo and Mackey, who guided sled dogs from Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours in Alberta. Snowy Owl provided all of the adult sled dogs used in the film.
Unlike most recent Disney films, Togo (as a puppy and as an adult dog) is a flesh and blood animal and not a CGI creation, and the film better suits it.
Balto was Kaasen’s lead dog during the serum run and was at the forefront when the team arrived in Nome with the life-saving serum. As a result, Balto received an outsized share of the voyage’s credit, including more acclaim than Togo.
The pure original Seppala bloodlines are rare but found in small numbers in several Canadian provinces, with the main population now found in Manitoba, where the parent kennel moved in 2008.
According to a long story in The New York Times, the bloodline of Togo, the lead dog in Leonhard Seppala’s famous 1925 Nome serum circulation team, is still alive and part of the mushing.
Disney’s epic adventure film Togo was filmed in the Canadian province of Alberta. The film is based on the true story of the leading sled dog named Togo and his trainer Leonhard Seppala as they desperately try to deliver serum and save the children of Nome, Alaska from the 1925 diphtheria outbreak.
He and his wife lived in Seattle until his death at the age of 89. His wife Constance died a few years later at the age of 85. Both are buried in Nome, Alaska.
Seward Park is home to a bronze statue of Togo, the heroic sled dog that inspired the Disney+ original film Togo. Disney+ worked with NYC Parks to install a plaque next to the statue to honor the famous canine, who traveled more than 260 miles (420 km) to deliver life-saving serum to children in Nome, Alaska.
Ultimately, Seppala and New England musher Elizabeth Ricker decided to open a kennel for Siberians in Poland Spring, Maine. There Togo spent the rest of his days in dignity and serenity. The irrepressible dog was finally put to rest in 1929 at the age of 16.
Although Balto is often credited with saving the city of Nome, it was Togo, a Siberian Husky, who led his team through the most perilous leg of the journey. Named after Heihachiro Togo, a Japanese admiral who fought in the war between Russia and Japan (1904-05), Togo was Leonhard Seppala’s leading sled dog.
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto tells the story of Balto, the sled dog who lived in Nome, Alaska in 1925. When children in Nome contract an illness called diphtheria, the doctor realizes they need help. However, the closest medicine available is in the city of Anchorage, over 800 miles away.
BALTO was the sled dog-turned-national-hero symbolic of rescue efforts to bring supplies of diphtheria antitoxin serum to Nome, Alaska. When Nome was threatened by diphtheria in January.