It with great sadness that I’m writing about my pal Tilman, who made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, October 30th. Tilman was a true legend! Aged 10 years old, he was a worldwide celebrity with a you tube video that has over 22 MILLION views.
Tilman holds land-speed records, which were officially recorded at a Nascar track. In the Hollywood Rose Festival a few years ago, Tilman surfed non-stop on a wave machine through the streets of Hollywood. His float was recorded by the Guiness Book of Records as the largest and heaviest float in Rose Parade history. The crowds went mental as Tilman surfed his way past them.
Tilman was an expert skateboarder, then branched out and nailed surfing and snowboarding. Because of Tilman, there’s thousands more healthier dogs in the world, who are now sports nuts. Tilman used his down time to chill ut in his bone-shaped jacuzzi, which even had a fire hydrant in it!
Tilman may have been a celebrity, but he was loved as family dog first. He was also Oprah Winfrey’s top favorite guest on her show. In the final episode of Oprah’s day time talk show, she had her favorite guests and Tilman was one of them!
This video is of Tilman and his dad, Ron, at the beach.
Here’s a @CokieTheCat pawty piece of information: one of our closest pals, @CokieTheCat’s mom, Kristin Dewey was the social media voice of Tilman, which means when you talked to Tilman, you were talking to Cokie’s mom, who knew Tilman very well. Kristin typed for Tilman because his paws were too big for keyboards.
The following picture of Tilman, Cokie and myself was snapped of us in Las Vegas. As I always say: “What’s worn in Vegas stays in Vegas!” As you can see, we went to a lot of trouble to blend in with the locals. Hee Hee!
I will write about Tilman’s Rainbow Bridge Welcome Banquet in another post. I can assure you we are taking good care of Tilman, showing him around and introducing him to all our clubs. Ron and his dad will be a forever family again…not just yet.