Tillman Becomes an Honorary Private First Class Marine
Tillman, the “World’s Fastest Skateboarding Dog” according to Guinness World Records™, was inducted on October 27, 2012 as an honorary Private First Class Marine at Sky Ball X, an event that honors all of our Nation's Military service members, Veterans, and their families.
After completing boot camp to become an honorary Marine, Tillman embarked on his journey to Dallas, Texas. Starting with an unforgettable skateboarding performance at the American Airlines terminal in Los Angeles, Tillman traveled to Dallas for a formal fitting for his "dress blues" marine uniform. He then proceeded to visit CBS and ABC for two television appearances before continuing on to Western Hills High School accompanied by Lucca, a retired United States Marine Corps. German Shepherd. On Saturday, October 27, Tillman was inducted as an honorary Marine, the only dog in the history of the U.S. to receive this honor.
Tillman was named after Pat Tillman, a former NFL professional football player and U.S. Army Ranger who was killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2004. He started skateboarding when he was only 10 weeks old. He learned by watching a skateboarding Rottweiler named Stoli, also owned by Ron Davis. At 9 months old, Tillman was on all fours skating. By the time he was 15 months old, he learned how to turn. Powered by Natural Balance Pet Foods, this skateboarding bulldog loves the Natural Balance Synergy formula along with his very own Tillman's Treats.
Following this achievement, Tillman will be proudly riding on the Natural Balance Pet Foods Rose Parade Float themed, “Canines with Courage”, on January 1st, 2013 to honor military working dogs. The float will showcase a floral replica of the bronze and marble United States Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, to be dedicated in October 2013 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. This will be the first time in the history of the United States that military working dogs have been elevated to National Monument status by U.S. Congressional Law. The National Monument is solely funded by sponsor and citizens donations. For more information on ways to help build the monument, please visit our Honoring Service Dogs page.
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