Tillman, the world famous skateboarding bulldog, is back and preparing to rock the 2012 Rose Parade on 2 January 2012 in Pasadena, California, as he makes another appearance with his own float, sponsored by Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods.
Twitter purrsonality and The Anipal Times co-founder @CokieTheCat will be tweeting live, giving us the play-by-play from the Rose Parade. The parade is on the second this year, as it’s never held on a Sunday so it won’t disrupt church services as it takes over the whole city!
Tillman will be thrilling spectators with his “mad skillz”, with fellow canine surfers, Newman and Stanley, who won an open audition to surf on the float. Newman won his surfing section, as well as Crowd Favorite, while Stanley can put many surfing humans to shame, with his 43 second wave riding records. Cowabunga!
Tillman is the Kelly Slater of canines. Let’s do the math: Slater has won 11 world titles. Tillman is five years old. Now multiply one human year for seven dog years and viola! Tillman reigns supreme. He has short legs and a low centre of balance giving him the perfect build for skateboarding and surfing. Being low doesn’t mean being slow. He is a world record holder for Fastest Skateboarding Dog. Check out this gnarly video of Tillman in action: http://youtu.be/TtRaz1cO-Ls
The float will be a world record setter, too. They’ll be surfing on an 80′ wave machine on the world’s longest and heaviest float! Guinness Book of World Records personnel will be there to confirm the length and weight. You can watch a live feed of the construction of the float here.
Tillman’s on a special mission this holiday season to feed homeless pets and he needs you. Natural Balance is donating $1 to feed shelter and rescue pets every time someone Likes Natural Balance on Facebook until 3 January 2012, giving us all a quick and easy way to help homeless pets during the holidays. They’re already over $2,000 at the time of this writing.
The 12 Days Of Tillman is twelve days of fun leading up to the Rose Parade. Follow the #RosePets hashtag on Twitter to follow Tillman day to day with pics, videos, trivia and prizes. Natural Balance is also hosting a giveaway on Cokie The Cat’s blog, with 26 items like a $200 Petco gift certificate, a year’s supply of Natural Balance dog or cat food, cases of Tillman Treats and commenorative Rose Parade mugs and t-shirts.
*All photos provided courtesy of Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods