Snowboarding Bulldogs Hit the Slopes

Five Bulldogs will snowboard down a float in the Rose Parade New Year’s Day.

Posted: December 31, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Photographs courtesy Natural Balance

Tillman, a Bulldog proclaimed as the “World’s Fastest Skateboarding Dog” by Guinness World Records, will show off his other skill, snowboarding, on Natural Balance Pet Foods’ 114-foot float during the upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade. The event will take place in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day.

The float, which is being certified by Guinness as the world’s longest single chassis float, features a giant ramp for Tillman and his Bulldog sidekicks to snowboard on. The other four snowboarding Bulldogs include Rose, Lyle, Niko and Tank. Niko and Tank were chosen from more than 60 Bulldogs who auditioned in a recent contest to snowboard down the Natural Balance float.

This will be Natural Balance’s second year to feature a float in the annual parade. Last year, Tillman and Rose, among other four-legged friends, featured their skateboarding skills.

“We had a great time last year with the Bulldogs skateboarding, and this snowboarding float is really incredible,” Joey Herrick, president of Natural Balance, said in a statement. “I’m jealous because those dogs can snowboard better than me.”


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Sherry   Flower Mound, TX

2/26/2010 9:02:25 AM

While I can sympathize with Michelle from Toronto, most bullie owners can sympathize with what appears to be "yanking" and "forcing" when it comes to their companions. Bullies are truly "bull headed" and when they decide to do something - or NOT do something - no amount of coercion will make them act. Food maybe - but no coercion. Tillman and Rose LOVE what they are doing or they would sit and stare at their owners/coaches as if they were morons and flat refuse to budge. Every bullie owner has at least one story of trying to push a 45+ pound dog someplace it doesn't want to go - and being judged by bystanders. While I too hate to see animals being forced to perform when they are obviously miserable - I've also seen Tillman's owner/coach have to FORCE him to stop because his little bullie brain would keep wanting to play when he really needed to stop and rest. It was obvious to me that the dogs were having a blast! I thought it was the people who looked worn out!

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Michelle   Toronto, ON

1/2/2010 8:58:03 AM

I watched the snowboarding dogs and did not find it cool in the least. The dogs were yanked around by the collars and forced down the slope. At one point the dog tried to get off the board in mid flight and could have been injured. Dogs should not be used for entertainment purposes. Would you like to be yanked around by a collar and forced to ride down a slope for 3 hours straight? I think its disgsuting.

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Anna   Maple Grove, MN

1/2/2010 8:24:24 AM

That is so cool! Tillman is so talented. Love the pictures!

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Jenn   Wheaton, IL

1/1/2010 5:16:02 PM

This is SO cool!

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