Saturday, December 31, 2016


ABC news covered this story with a cool video on our Lucy Pet Rose Parade float. 
Unique Tournament of Roses Parade float featuring surfing dogs and other talented animals set a new Guinness World Record.  Watch on ABC site here: 

A Rose by any other name....

Roses for Lucy Pet's Rose Parade float have arrived!
Unless you live in Southern California, chances are you have not experienced the Tournament of Roses parade in person. Even if you do live in So Cal, chances are small that you have helped to decorate the magnificent floats that make up the annual Rose Parade. It is truly a memorable experience. I have been blessed to have this opportunity several times, and this year is no exception. We are down to the wire decorating the Lucy Pet Gnarly Crankin K9 Wave Maker Rose Parade float, now certified as breaking two Guinness World Records, the Longest and Heaviest in the world. Too bad they don't have an award for most beautiful float. 

At any rate...the basic float design theme is a tropical paradise with fish and flowers, all decorated from plant, flower and organic materials. Many types of plants and seeds, etc are used to create the stunning designs, but the name sake of the parade and football game "Rose Parade" and "Rose Bowl" is because of the beautiful roses. 
Pails of fresh long stem roses arrive in buckets
So it may come as no surprise that the level of excitement goes up to a whole new level when the roses arrive at the float barn for decorating. Each fresh rose is carefully hand snipped to the appropriate length, then placed into its own vial filled with water. It is a remarkable sight to see. I hope you enjoy seeing these photos..I can tell you that the Fiesta Float Barn smells so wonderfully fragrant right now!
Rows and Rows of Roses and Roses...

Workers and volunteers organize their flowers
Roses are all hand snipped for water vials
Lucy Pet Roses ready for the float decorating!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Officially Certified by Guinness World Records: Longest & Heaviest Float in History!

Joey Herrick (L), Carolyn Hennesy (C) and Rick Rockhill (R)
Today was a cool day. The Lucy Pet Rose Parade float was officially certified by Guinness World Records as the Longest and Heaviest parade float in the world. The Guinness folks sent an adjudicator to measure and weigh our float. The inspection included a team of California Highway Patrol officers who used their technical equipment to weigh the float, similar to how trucks are weight on the highway. Our official length and weight for Guinness is 126 ft long and a whopping 148,200 pounds, or 74.1 tons! On hand today was Carolyn Hennesy  the Emmy-nominated soap opera actress, New York Times Best-Selling author, and animal advocate. Ms Hennesy is a friend to the Lucy Pet Foundation and was with us to celebrate the Guinness World Record certification.

Be sure to watch the Rose Parade Monday Jan 2nd, 2017 to see our massive float. The Rose Parade is televised on ABC, NBCHGTVHallmark Channel, KTLA, Univision (in Spanish) and Sky Link TV (in Mandarin and Cantonese) and RFD TV.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Rose Parade Ready: Race to Finish!

For all of you who enjoy the Rose Parade, here is yet another behind the scenes video on how we're getting the Lucy Pet float ready for the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2nd. KTLA, the #1 TV channel in Los Angeles has been covering the process of getting the Lucy Pet Products Rose Parade float to become a reality. This is the 4th video in a series of 4 segments, and covers the final steps...its right down to the wire... Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Return of Dr Sidney Wang

Long time readers of this blog may recall the many adventures of my fine-finned fish friend, Dr Sidney Wang, the psychic betta fish who inspired the regular "Wisdom Wednesdays" posts here. Dr Wang has fulfilled his prophecy to be reincarnated , once again bringing his wisdom and advice to us mere humans. It isn't clear yet, how prolific Dr Wang may be in his writings, but he has returned....

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rose Parade Ready: Lucy Pet Performers

If you are interested in the Rose Parade, then you will be interested in seeing more of what happens behind the scenes in getting the Lucy Pet float ready for January 2nd. KTLA, the #1 TV channel in Los Angeles has been covering the process of getting the Lucy Pet Products Rose Parade float to become a reality. This is the 3rd video in a series of 4 segments, and covers the canine performers.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Rose Parade Ready Test Run

Here is another behind the scenes peek at creation of the Lucy Pet Rose Parade float. KTLA, the #1 TV station in Los Angeles has been covering the progress of the Lucy Pet Rose Parade Float. This is the 2nd video in a series of 4...check out this video from KTLA:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Building a Rose Parade Float

KTLA the #1 TV station in Los Angeles came to check out the Lucy Pet Rose Parade Float that is under construction. If you ever wanted to see some behind the scenes details on what it takes to build a Rose Parade Float, check out this video from KTLA:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Breaking Guinness World Records

One of the things I enjoy most about being part of the Lucy Pet organization are some of the unique and interesting ways we raise awareness of animal welfare issues. The big event is just about to happen-- the Lucy Pet Rose Parade float.
You see, Lucy Pet Products is about to debut what we expect will be certified by Guinness World Records as the longest and heaviest single chassis float in Rose Parade history. We call it the "Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K9 Wave Maker". The float is a monster, with a fun  beach-paradise design theme. Our float will measure over 125-feet long and weigh over 136,000 pounds when filled with the 8,000 gallons of water. During the parade a super cool wave machine will generate waves upon a team of eight dogs will surf the length of the 90-foot tank. You may recall that earlier this year we had a national tour of our mobile wave machine. That national tour went across the country to find the most talented surf dogs. The wave machine crossed 35 states and auctioned over 1,000 dogs, which led to our amazing team of surf dogs for the January 2nd 2017 Rose Parade float. We have some really awesome surprises in store for fans and more to come. 

I'm also happy to share that Lucy Pet has had an incredible year-- we introduced our first two product new lines for pets, shampoos and conditioners and also Cats Incredible litter. Our pet supplies are all "Products With A Cause", which go to support of the Lucy Pet Foundation, our 501 (c) (3) animal charity.  You can find Lucy Pet Products in your local independent pet store and Petco stores nationwide, as well as pet specialty retailers across Canada. If you have a dog or cat, ask for Lucy Pet products at your local store; we are committed to helping reduce the pet overpopulation.


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