The Dog-Lover's Rose Parade

Whether you were sleeping in, flipping channels or just can't get enough, see the dog-lover's highlights from the 2014 Rose Parade.

By | Posted: Jan 1, 2014, 8 p.m. EST

The 125th annual Rose Parade kicked off in Pasadena, California, with sunny skies and wagging tails. From pet rescue, to police dogs, to dogs jumping through the air, man's best friend made many memorable appearances in the 2014 Rose Parade.

While there is no doubt that each float was unique and beautiful, there were four Rose Parade floats that had us barking for more. 


While K9s4Cops normally works to provide trained dogs to protect and serve by the sides of law-enforcement across the country, they took a break to bring one larger-than-life police dog into homes across the country on New Year's Day.

The remarkable float featured a giant replica of K9s4COPs mascot, Johnny Cash, creating his coat from a combination of grasses, kelp, beans and seaweed. Constable Ted Dahlin and his police dog, Daisy, were on board along with founder, Kristi Schiller, and her family beside their shepherd, the real Johnny Cash.

k9s4cops Rose Parade float 2014 Photo from Houston Chronicle


Read more about K9s4Cops and get a behind the scenes look at the float>>

Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation

The float featured a variety of adoptable dogs and cats in addition to rotating florographs. The float, titled "Loving Dreams," encouraged pet adoption and all-around animal love. 

Loving Dreams, Beverly Hills Rose Parade float Photo from LATimes


Dog Gone

Created and built by the La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, this dog-filled float depicted four happy-go-lucky pups driving away from a bewildered dog-catcher. This whimsical float took home the Bob Hope Humor Award for Most Comical and Amusing Entry.

Dog Gone Rose Parade float Photo from LA Times


Lucy Pet Foundation

Joey Herrick, a co-founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods, has delighted hundreds of millions of people around the world on New Year’s Day with floats that had dogs diving, surfing, snow skiing and skateboarding, and last year saluted military K9 team heroes. This year he moved on from the pet food business to embrace pet rescue with his newly launched Lucy Pet Foundation, but continued his tradition and entertained us with yet another float. The 2014 Rose Parade float celebrated shelter dogs and closed out the parade with amazing dog performances.

The float received the Craftsman award for Exceptional Achievement In Showmanship & Dramatic Impact For Floats under 55'

Lucy Pet Foundation Rose Parade 2014 Photo from LA Times.


Read more about the Lucy Pet Foundation and get a behind the scenes look at the float>>

Watch the dogs getting ready for their parade debut:



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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/9/2014 5:21:47 AM

Wow these floats are amazing.

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

1/3/2014 6:48:32 PM

Just loved ALL the dog-themed floats!

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