With a Guinness World Record and the Extraordinaire Trophy, surfing dogs were the stars of the show.
Stretching 125 feet long and weighing an impressive 74 tons, the float called The Lucy Pet's Gnarly Crankin' K-9 Wave Maker caught the attention of everyone lining the streets in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 2.
The 90-foot, 8,000-gallon water tank undoubtedly contributed to the float's record-breaking size. But being the longest and heaviest float in Rose Parade history wasn't the only impressive characteristic.
Three of the best surfing dogs in the country, including a bulldog, Dachshund, and Golden Retriever, showed their skills on machine-generated waves. They hopped on their boards, caught waves, and were then transported back to the start via a mini cable-car system fashioned as a vintage station wagon.
Al Roker enthusiastically expressed his appreciation of the demonstration by commentating:
"Oh that's fantastic! Yes! Yes! Yes!"
In addition to the world record, the surfing dogs also earned the Extraordinaire Trophy for Most Spectacular Float.
Lucy Pet Foundation is a nonprofit animal rescue in California that aims to reduce pet overpopulation with spaying and neutering while promoting adoption. They made sure the talented surfers were well taken care of by providing life jackets and heated water.
The organization succeeded in bringing attention to animal adoption with their massive display of canine talent.
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