TILLMAN IS A 1.5 YEAR-OLD BULLDOG. HERE IS WHAT HE HAS TO SAY,
I want to say that I love to skateboard. I dream of skateboarding all the time.
I am very smart. Way smarter than what anyone thinks. I like it when I eat hamburgers. It makes me skate better.
I like to go fast because it makes me feel like everyone stops and watches me. That is the best feeling and to feel the wind in my face. I want my kid to be able to teach me tricks. I want to be able to jump off the board and then back on really quickly, but I don’t know if I can run as fast as the board. I want a wider and longer ramp with obstacles I can weave through. Can they do that for me?
I need a jersey. Dad has some shirts that he thinks he looks really good in. Can I have one like his? The one I like is blue and has white and black lettering.
I like to skate mostly in the morning. It is harder for me to see at night under the lights. The shadows and glare play tricks on me then. I don’t understand why the kids wear shoes. Doesn’t it make it harder for them?
WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WANTED TO SKATE?
Stoli (a former dog of the home) told me that it was my job to learn to skate. He used to send me mental images of me skating as a puppy. He said there is nothing more fun than watching our family together. He used to say that skateboarding made families fall in love. He wanted to skate himself, but said he was too big and that maybe he would come back to earth as a kid one day. He told me that if I learned when I was little that I would always know how. I wanted to make Stoli proud. So I learned to skate. He was right it does make families fall in love.
I make people touch each other. When they see me they are filled with joy and love for one another. It’s a great feeling.
I remember the first time I tried to steer I lost my balance. Then they pushed me down a little hill and all of a sudden I started to shift my weight around and it made me move directions. I thought it was crazy. Then I would watch everyone skate and I would see how they skated. At first I tried to move my butt the way that they do, but then I realized that I am not a person so I had to find my own way. It is mostly in my shoulders.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU DON’T LIKE ABOUT SKATEBOARDING?
I don’t like some of the peoples’ language. Sometimes I find that it is chilling. I love the excitement around skating and people cheering for me. No there is nothing about skate boarding I do not like.
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO TELL YOUR FANS?
Thank you for coming to see me. I love when people come to see me. It makes me feel very special. Also I would like other dogs to learn this sport. Some of the dogs that see me are jealous and I know they could do it too.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO TELL YOUR PEOPLE?
I want my people to know that they are just as special as I am. They make everyone smile around them. I want them to know that we are going to be ok and that know one will ever hurt us. Thank you for spending so much time with me.
I want them to keep focusing on the future in front of them. Because when I see them looking into the past, I think it hurts them. I know from skateboarding that you always have to look forward smiling. If you look back you fall and if you look forward with fear you fall.
YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT TILLMAN AT WWW.GOTILLMAN.COM