For those interested, there are some pics of the Jingle Bell Dog Jog being shown off at Digital Imaging Direct...
(They're trying to sell them to the dog owners)
You can view the photo ops at:
And some parade shots at:
We didn't take a whole lot of pics ourselves... I guess we were too busy with the dogs lol, but the few pics we did take can be seen at:
The main Orlando Christmas Parade as well as the dog jog itself were 'fairly cheesy' but the dogs had a BLAST! I didn't notice any real problems with anyone at all. All of the owners seemed to be handling their dogs quite well and just about all of the dogs seemed to be having a good time.
Polo got LOTS of kudos and attention. I was SHOCKED that he was the only rottweiler down there. For the entire jog he stayed close to the sidewalks where the people were lined up to see the parade. The poor thing has got to have a tummy ache because people kept tossing him popcorn, hotdogs, bread, etc for which he wasn't about to turn down. During the main parade several of the floats were tossing candy and Polo caught himself a little tootsie roll and gobbled it down wrapper and all.
I couldn't believe how much he enjoyed the main parade. He sat through the whole thing with a great big smile on his face just watching everything go by. Even the fire trucks and marching bands didn't phase him. However, HE did phase the bands lol. Several ended up out of step because the band members would catch a glimpse of him and forget what they were doing lol
Chelsea enjoyed everything except the marching bands. The cymbols and drums bothered her a bit but it just meant she snuggled closer to me as they went by lol
The only thing that REALLY confused the dogs was a lama. They acted as if it was some freakish alien and none of the dogs were about to investigate it. But it was funny to watch their eyes fixate on "the beast" and even stretch their necks around the crowds to continue watching it walk away lol
I do need to be aware of Polo's old bones though. He really slowed down there at the end. We started to think we were going to have to carry him lol The poor old guy is STILL sleeping! He crashed hard as soon as we got home and has only gotten up once to go to the bathroom. He's WIPED OUT!
Chelsea, on the other hand, is ready to go again lol. She had a ton of fun. I even got to walk her side by side with a whippet and a greyhound during the jog and from the back side (both humans being dragged by the dogs lol) she really did hold herself the same as them... ears, head, body movement etc were right in synch, it was pretty kewl
Overall, I'm glad we went. Though the humans and one dog is wiped out today, there's no doubt in my mind that both dogs really had a good time.