If you watched the 2013 Rose Bowl, you know that Stanford beat Wisconsin (boo), but you might not have caught the awesome Natural Balance Pet Food float that was featured in the parade. The float—titled “Canines with Courage”—was a lovely way to recognize and salute the many heroic canines working alongside our nation’s troops.
The main component of the Natural Balance float was a floral replica of the bronze and granite United States Military Working Dog Teams National Monument—this country’s very first monument dedicated to animals, to be dedicated later this year at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Also riding the float were four handlers and their dogs, representing the Air Force, Army, and Marines.
One of the shining moments of the entire parade was when Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz—who had been hiding aboard the Natural Balance float—came out and surprised his wife and young son, three months before they were expecting him home. It made an already great float even better!
The “Canines with Courage” float was a wonderful reminder to all of us that every day thousands of brave and loyal military working dogs fight alongside men and women for our freedom—we salute their courage and thank Natural Balance for bringing more awareness to these amazing animals.