The Rose Bowl Parade!
In the weeks leading up to the Rose Bowl, Lyle and I were on ABC, KTLA, NBC, FOX, ESPN, and Fuel TV. It was an endlessly fun ride of press and appearances. I would prep Lyle the night before these big debuts with a bath and a great meal. Now wondering almost every second how he was feeling, was he hot/cold, tired, bored, happy, readyâ€¦I had gone off the deep end with pleasing my pup, but then again he had gone off the deep end with being so rad at snowboarding that I called it a wash.
We were also incorporated into a TV special "The Making of the Worldâ€™s Longest Float" www.jonespets.tv that aired on KTLA a subsidiary of ABC in Los Angeles. It was our first official appearance on TV (together, that is) and we were happy with the results, especially the part where I held Lyle like the baby he is, wondering if he was asleep or awake as he snored on national TV (a perfect representation of our reality).
By this time, Lyle had officially bonded with his new team mates and new best friends: Tillman, Rose and the new puppy, Sully. Sully was purchased in November to be the newest member in the float team, and boy did Lyle love Sully. So, as we checked into the Sheraton of Pasadena, our home for the 7 days leading up to and following the parade, Lyle and his friends were stopped constantly in the hallways, pet to no avail, and begged for their photos to be taken with their fans. They loved it and so did we, however, getting to and from our room to the lobby was a half and hour venture. But who could complain, we had the worldâ€™s most famous dogs and people were there to see them, not us.
So much happened while in Pasadena - almost too much for me to recount now - a play by play could be a book, so I will share some personal highlights. The custom dog bed, dog gift-bags loaded with Natural Balance food waiting perfectly in Lyleâ€™s room for his arrival. Being able to see the incredible detail of the floats decorated with all natural ingredients like poppy seeds, coconut, and fresh flowers. Riding in the messiest van I have ever seen with my co-worker, his son and my mother as the 4 super dogs romped with delight in the mess. Being a part of a once in a lifetime opportunity of riding on a Rose Bowl Float with millions of people watching to see if our bulldogs could indeed snowboard down the Worldâ€™s Longest Float. Feeling like a proud Mom when Lyle NEVER missed 1 ride out of 300 - a perfect batting average with stamina that shocked all of us. And of course, spending New Yearâ€™s Eve with so many amazing and positive people, like my dear friends Matt and Vavine, my Mother who needed to cut a rug like nobodyâ€™s business, and my new found bulldog friends.
I will pass the baton to my dear friend and fellow blogger Vavine Tahapehi who so eloquently wrote the best article on her experience at the Rose Bowl Event.http://livinginamorica.blogspot.com/2010/01/rose-coloured-beginning-to-2010.html