This year's Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, really went to the dogs this year. While all the floats in the parade were as beautiful as usual, there was one parade float that was particularly "fetching" in its appeal. The Lucy Pet Foundation 2017 Rose Parade Float blew everyone away by featuring dogs actually surfing their way through the parade in a real pool.

The Lucy Pet Foundation 2017 Rose Parade Float
The Lucy Pet Foundation 2017 Rose Parade Float

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The float itself set a record for being the heaviest and the longest single-chassis float to ever be in the parade at 125 feet long and holding 5,000 gallons of water. These are official Guinness World Records. It weighed in at a stunning 136,000 pounds. Surprisingly, the wave pool was only 18 inches deep. But it was the dogs who stole the show.

Hangin' at the "Beach"
Hangin' at the "Beach"

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Back in October many dogs auditioned for the eight spots available for the Rose Parade surfing team. There were 29 dogs of all shapes and sizes seeking the opportunity to surf, but only a handful could make the cut. It was reportedly a fun day for all involved, especially the dogs. The breeds represented at this competition ranged from a tiny Maltese to a Golden Retriever. The winners ranged from a Miniature Dachshund and a Jack Russell Terrier to a Yellow Lab and a Golden Retriever/Saluki Mix.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team

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One of the stars of the float was Fred, a McNab Shepherd, a world champion surfing dog who also excels at Frisbee. He taught himself how to surf in the family pool. He loves the family cats and is a natural-born entertainer. He was joined by Sully, an English Bulldog named for the famous airline pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. This was his third time in the Rose Parade.

Catchin' a Wave
Fred Catchin' a Wave

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Surfin' Jack is a Golden Retriever/Saluki mix adopted from a Los Angeles shelter. She is the Canine Ambassador and spokes-dog for The Lucy Pet Foundation. Her interests include jumping in the pool, chasing squirrels and digging for gophers. Turbo, a Golden Retriever, was rescued from a terrible life with little human interaction, malnourished, and covered with parasites. With the right human parents he has flourished into a happy, award-winning surfing champion.

Turbo Takes His Turn
Turbo Takes His Turn

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The Yellow Labrador Retriever is Haole (pronounced "Howlie") first began to surf when he spontaneously tried to jump on his dad's board at the beach. He works with A Walk on Water, a non-profit organization that provides surf therapy for special needs children. Rooster, an Australian Shepherd, is new to surfing, but is an old hand at winning titles in Dock Diving, Barn Hunting, and Obedience. He spent the entire summer practicing before the auditions for the float.

At the pint-sized end of the team were Coppertone and Macho. Coppertone is a Miniature Dachshund who is quite a doxie with moxie. She was been in news stories, videos, music videos, and has even been featured on greeting cards. She has recently appeared on America's Funniest Home Videos. Macho is an accomplished Jack Russell Terrier who is an AKC champion Dock Diver. He also holds titles in Obedience, Racing, and Tricks. He also loves playing Frisbee, lure coursing, skateboarding, soccer, snowboarding, kayaking, and fireworks.

Turbo Disem"bark"ing with the Handlers
Turbo Disem"bark"ing with the Handlers

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This fabulous team of dogs was also joined by a team of handlers who helped them on and off their boards and into a tiny "car" that drove them back to the other end of the beach so that they could make another ride on their boards. The dogs didn't always surf solo. Sometimes they did tandem rides as well.

Making the "Tricky" Turn while Riding Tandem
Making the "Tricky" Turn while Riding Tandem

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The float managed to capture a number of dog favorites all in one -- a ride, water, and time with humans. The official title of the float was The Lucy Pet's Gnarly Crankin' K-9 Wave Maker -- a title nearly as cool as the float itself. The Lucy Pet Foundation is dedicated to reducing the number of healthy and adoptable pets who are put to death in the U.S. due to overpopulation. Approximately 80,000 cats and dogs are euthanized each week. Make sure you have your pets spayed or neutered to do your part in reducing pet overpopulation.

Let's hope that this float appears in the parade again. Or perhaps The Lucy Pet Foundation will surprise us with something equally fantastic next year -- maybe a totally awesome dock diving float.

Sources: The Lucy Pet Foundation, The Mercury News, ABC 7, Sporting News

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