Rose Parade Float Honors Military Working Dog Teams

On New Year’s Day dog devotees who tune in to the annual Rose Parade will see a float which stems from the nation’s pride in the dogs who defend our freedom.

Made of golden clover seeds and crushed white sweet rice and surrounded by more than 35,000 roses, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods‘ “Canines with Courage” float will bear both an exact replica of the first-ever United States Military Working Dog Teams National Monument (which includes a floral representation of a Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois) and a real life heroic Rover who will represent the many Spots who have served and sacrificed for their country since World War II.

Standing alongside Tillman, the Skateboarding Bulldog– who was recently inducted as an Honorary Private First Class Marine thanks to his work with the moving monument– military dog hero Lucca, who lost her leg while protecting a platoon of U.S. Marines from a roadside bomb, will travel along the parade route.

Animal lovers can tune in to see the float, which will be led by military dog teams and their handlers, January 1st on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV or Univision.

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., Petco and Maddie’s Fund are the official Corporate Sponsors for the bronze and granite National Monument project, which will be dedicated in late 2013 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. To find out how you can contribute to the monument, visit

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    2. (foll by to or into) to initiate in knowledge (of)
    3. (Military) US to enlist for military service; conscript

    • As you know, the “i” and the “u” are positioned adjacent to each other on the keyboard. Typos happen, even with proofing. Thank you for your keen eye.