Skateboarding Bulldogs: Memories of the Rose Bowl ParadePublished March 10, 2009
While memories of this past Super bowl have faded away along with the remnants of the Rose Bowl Parade swept into oblivion, YouTube fans have forever memorialized one of the most enchanting floats entered in the annual tradition. This one really caught my eye, and I think that dog lovers will get a kick out of it.
Thanks to one of those amazing "light bulb" moments experienced by Joey Herrick, President of one of the largest pet food manufacturers, Tyson and Tillman, the two famous skateboarding bulldogs are featured. While looking for innovative advertising opportunities, as he was driving on the freeway, the idea stuck him that "a Rose Parade float with skateboarding bulldogs" was quite compelling.
Featuring a custom 53-foot by 20-foot oval skateboarding track which accommodated a 16- foot tall bulldog, balancing on an enormous skateboard constructed of flowers, the float was a gigantic hit with the public. Adding the final touch, the music selected to highlight the presentation, inspiring the real 7 year-old Tyson and the 3 year-old Tillman to skate around the track, delighting viewers, was "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men.
So without further ado, watch the construction of the float and the training of the dogs to perform their passion for skateboarding while participating in the parade.
So if you were lucky enough to catch this act on television, or even if you missed it, here is the fascinating video created by the presenters, highlighting scenes of the float's production and introducing the dogs themselves.
Can you say Bow WOW after watching? Leave a comment and let us know!