(GARY FRIEDMAN/Los Angeles Times)
December 29, 2012
Retired U.S. Marine Robert Harr, 86, middle, a World War II dog trainer, sits Thursday with U.S. Marine Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, left, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham and Lucca on Natural Balance Pet Foods’ 2013 Rose Parade float, “Canines with Courage” in Irwindale, Calif. The float is a floral replica of the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument being constructed in San Antonio, Texas. Lucca, an 8-year-old German Shepherd-malinois mix, was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. After losing a leg to a roadside bomb, Lucca is now retired and lives with her first handler, Sgt. Willingham.