Published : Saturday, December 30, 2017 | 5:55 AM
Actor and restaurateur Danny Trejo will be riding with his rescue dog on the Lucy Pet Foundation float, “Paws for Life,” in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day 2018.
The cast of the YouTube Series “Malibu Surf will also be riding on the float with registered therapy dogs Surfin’ Jack the golden retriever and the Coppertone Surf dachshund. Company namesake Lucy — a rescued chihuahua and the reason for The Lucy Pet Foundation— will also be along for the ride.
“This is the biggest honor I have ever had,” Trejo told LA Weekly. “It’s such a unique experience. I have the girls from my music label practicing Christmas carols in the backyard for this. We are all so excited.”
“Paws for Life” focuses on animals that have saved or enhanced human life. Four soldiers in uniform will stand on each side of the float with their dogs who have suffered from PTSD. The military dogs will include Sirius, a retired K-9 — he was working in Afghanistan with 22-year-old Marine Sgt. Joshua Ashley, when an IED killed his handler.
Trejo is a well-known animal advocate who promotes the importance of spay and neuter and encourages fans to adopt their pets from local shelters. He first got involved in advocacy when his then-wife Debbie started doing rescue work and he “automatically fell in.” Since then, he has worked with Spay4LA, Best Friends Animal Society, and Villalobos Rescue Center, and he talks to high school students about the importance of spaying/neutering.
Trejo, who has been in and out of prison for various offenses including drug abuse, also helps educate young men and women recover from drug use. Now sober for over 46 years, Trejo was recently featured in a new AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) documentary that tells the story of how the actor transitioned from a life of substance abuse and violence to becoming a drug counselor, famous actor, and mentor for young men and women.
In regard to “Paws for Life,” Lucy Pet Foundation president and founder Joey Herrick said they are “honored to be working with such heroic animals and the people who love them.”
“We salute the animals for their love, companionship, and bravery,” Herrick told Pet Product News. “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.”
Float riders will be available for interviews at Fiesta Float Barn in Irwindale, December 27 to 31, and at the free Pasadena Rose Festival at “LIVE! On Green” at the Pasadena Civic Center from December 29 through 31.
The Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wavemaker, along with the Lucy’s Surfing Pets Team and Ricky the Surfing’ Cat will also appear daily at the free event.