Lucy Pet’s ‘Paws for Life’ Tournament of Roses Parade Float Featured Heroic Dogs And A Cat

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Lucy Pet’s “Paws for Life” 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade Float featured several heroic dogs and a cat who have saved, protected and “made a difference” in the lives of humans.! Lucy Pet presents stories that exemplify the most profound relationship: ‘the human animal bond.’

“We were honored to have worked with such heroic animals and the people who love them,” said Joey Herrick, President and Founder of The Lucy Pet Foundation and Lucy Pet Products. “We salute the animals for their love, companionship and bravery… whether it’s a cat protecting a little boy from a vicious dog attack or a military working dog shielding soldiers in combat, they each deserve this very special recognition.”

Each animal riding the Lucy Pet float has a unique and amazing story to tell:

Sirius a retired K-9 military working dog was working in Afghanistan with his best friend and handler, 22-year-old Marine Sgt. Joshua Ashley, when Sgt. Ashley was killed by an IED. Sirius was also injured but was able to return for an additional tour of duty. Upon Sirius’ retirement from the Marines, he was adopted by Sgt. Ashley’s family. The now 10-year-old German Shepherd will ride the float alongside Sgt. Ashley’s mother Tammie, in memory of her son. Watch a video of Sirius

Tara a cat who saved four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from a vicious dog attack as he played in his driveway. ‘Tara’ fearlessly jumped on a dog five times her size and chased him down the street then returned to check on Jeremy’s well-being. The surveillance footage of that event was seen by over 30 million people on YouTube! ‘Tara’ will ride along with now seven-year-old Jeremy and his parents, Roger and Erica Triantafilo. Watch Tara’s video

Jax, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois Oxnard Police Department K-9 and his handler, Senior Officer Daniel Casson will ride the float in recognition of Jax’s work bringing down dangerous criminals. He recently sniffed out 5 lbs of methamphetamine disguised to look like a wrapped birthday gift during a routine traffic stop. Jax was also responsible for apprehending a criminal who was trying to light an occupied homeless encampment on fire. When he is off duty, he is Officer Casson’s family dog who enjoys playing with all the neighborhood kids.

Rocket,  a Border Collie mix once deemed unadoptable in a shelter because of his high energy level, and slated to be put down, was rescued by a Search Dog Foundation recruiter who saw potential in him. He now works alongside his handler, firefighter Mike Stornetta and travels all over the country to search for victims who are trapped during natural disasters. He was recently deployed in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the Sonoma wine country fires.

Actor Danny Trejo best known for his tough guy character roles, and most recently seen in the AMC Cable TV hit ‘Breaking Bad’, will be riding on the float with his rescue dog. Danny is a well-known animal advocate and always promotes the importance of spay and neuter and encourages fans to adopt their pets from local shelters. In his spare time, Danny likes to visit Children’s Hospital, bringing comfort and smiles to sick kids in the greater Los Angeles area.

Cast of Awesomeness TV Hit YouTube Series ‘Malibu Surf’ actors Ally Barron, Bailey Herrick, Van Bush and Keaton Yellin will be riding with registered therapy dogs Golden Retriever ‘Surfin’ Jack’ and Dachshund ‘Coppertone’ Surf dog. Company namesake ‘Lucy’ a rescued Chihuahua and the reason for The Lucy Pet Foundation, will also be aboard.

Apollo a Lab mix puppy born to a dog left homeless by Houston’s Hurricane Harvey, will be riding in the arms of his adoptive pet parent, active Army Staff Sgt. Justin Gilliss. Gilliss, who has served tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan, adopted Apollo from Shelter Hope in Santa Clarita, an adoption center that took in animals from one of Lucy Pet Foundation’s rescue airlifts that transported displaced pets from Houston to find new forever homes around the country.

“We salute these brave, loving and life-saving animals that have truly made a difference in peoples’ lives,” said Herrick.

Products With A Cause
Lucy Pet is committed to helping animals by donating to the Lucy Pet Foundation, whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation and support other animal welfare causes. About Lucy Pet Lucy Pet is a family-owned and operated pet product business based in Westlake Village, California. Proceeds from the brand help fund its 501 (c) (3) non-profit Lucy Pet Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to reduce pet overpopulation and the euthanasia of over 60,000 dogs and cats per week in the United States. From Formulas for Life ™ dog and cat food, to Lucy Pet Cats Incredible cat litter to pet shampoos/leave-in conditioners, Lucy Pet develops quality products for pets’ health and
wellness. Their products are made in the U.S.A and can be found in pet specialty stores across the U.S.A. and worldwide. For more information please go to or follow Lucy Pet and their spokesdog and spokescat, Surfin’ Jack on Facebook,
RickytheCat on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @LucyPetProducts and @SurfinJackDog @RickytheRescue.

Photos supplied by Lucy Pet. 
First image … Marine Sgt. Joshua Ashley (who was killed in action) and his war dog Sirius
Second image … Army Staff Sgt. Justin Gilliss and the dog he adopted after Hurricane Harvey Apollo
Third image … Senior Oxnard Police Officer Daniel Casson and his dog Jax
Fourth Image … actor Danny Trejo
Fifth image … the cast of YouTube hit series Malibu Surf

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.
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