As it turned out Natural Balance was going to do, for the second year in a row, a Rose Bowl Parade Float. Every January 1st, Pasadena, Ca hosts the internationally recognized parade to kick off the big football bowl game, The Rose Bowl.
In 2008 Natural Balance gained worldwide recognition with a float dedicated to skateboarding bulldogs. The World’s Fastest Skateboarding Bulldog Tillman, who is now Lyle’s mentor, stole the show as he impressed the world with his uncanny ability to skateboard better than any other dog to date. We had heard about Tillman before, everybody had. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQzUsTFqtW0 He was on a reality show with his owner, Ron Davis, the year before, and though he didn’t win, he was clearly America’s best dog. Tillman now worked for Natural Balance, with his sister Rose, who was a superstar in training to be another skateboarding bulldog phenom.
We sat in the meeting with Joey, as he recounted the first float, and explained how the 2009 float, would have to beat, with impressive awe, the year before. How he intended to do this was beyond anything we had ever heard about before.
“This year the dogs will be snowboarding” says Joey with a great smile on his face. And, not only will there be 5 dogs instead of 2, but after each dog swishes down the snowboarding ramp, they will hop on a doggy ski lift and ride back up to the top of the mountain for another run. And, to top it all off, the float will be in the running for the title “World’s Longest Float” ever recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records”.
And then “We think Lyle has just the talent to help us make this happen”. Jaw slightly slung open as I say “Oh my goodness! Thank you! We would love to be a part of this”. Really, I did a secret dance in my heart and shook hands with this genius man, who had seen and loved my boy.
That was the beginning of the most exciting time of our lives. Lyle and I would officially begin snowboard training on October 1st by reporting for duty at Training Camp, where a practice float had been set up to prepare the world’s greatest snowboarding, skateboarding bulldogs how to rip.
Training was a blast. I couldn’t believe we were being paid to have so much fun. I had been reading a book called “The Writings of Florence Scovel Shinn” which was all about divine destiny and the magic of the spoken word. How every person has the ability to welcome in abundance, wealth, heath, success, love and whatever other fruits they desired, so long as they ask for it according to the divine design of their lives. No forcing, or controlling situations because you think you have that power, but rather surrendering to something greater than yourself and trusting the universe, if you will. I couldn’t help but think this job was a demonstration of that theory at work. Work felt like play. I got to spend time with Lyle as he stole the show, and I was surrounded by positive people who shared the same passion with me: bulldogs.
Life was grand. I had even broken up with a boyfriend I cared much about at this time. But, I held strong to the idea that the right things would find their way into my life, if I let go and trusted what was meant to be. It may sound zany, but once I surrendered to this thinking, positive events kept unfolding. And, I just simply blocked all negative thoughts of doubt and worry. To my surprise, I had never been so happy, sitting back and letting life play out.
It was metaphysics at work, awe inspiring, and simply wonderful. I had forced situations for so long out of a fear that I wouldn’t get to where I wanted to go. But, once I let go of the fear, and stopped controlling every little thing, I felt my life open up. Now, I had a job I loved, working with a dog I loved, and being so genuinely happy I often asked myself “Is this legal?” And, the answer was always “YES!”