Ex-Bakersfield shelter dog rides in Rose Parade

Ex-Bakersfield shelter dog rides in Rose Parade »Play Video
Photo from SoCal Surf Dogs as seen on YouTube.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A dog's life can take many turns.

On Christmas Eve of 2005, someone dumped Stanley, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, on the street a few blocks away from Kern County Animal Control on South Mt. Vernon Avenue.

After three days of wandering, Stanley was picked up by Animal Control. The dog was later transferred to San Diego by a rescue group, where he was eventually adopted by Craig Haverstick of San Diego.

Trained by Haverstick in water jumping tricks called "dock-dog" jumps, Stanley has become quite the show dog in surfing, as well.

"He is one of the finalists for the Natural Balance float," said Maggie Kalan with Kern County Animal Control.

That means Stanley will be riding in the Natural Balance float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. It will feature the Natural Balance wave-board dogs on the back, and dock-dog jumping champions on the front of the float.

"We think this is the 'feel good' story of the year," said Kalan.

Kalan said people can be reluctant to adopt a dog or cat from the shelter, but they need not be. Kalan said Stanley is a case in point where a pet from the shelter can make a good match.