The Lucy Pet Foundation’s “Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker” truck pulled into Fort Stockton Wednesday, Feb. 21 after many hours spent out on the open road. Driving the head-turning colorful truck was Tony Cox who was more than happy to share a few words on his trip.
“I’m headed to Tampa, Florida to link up with the Lucy Pet Products team and their surfing dogs. This bad boy is the wave maker where the surfing dogs catch some waves while on tour across the nation. We’ll hook it all up, get it all ready to go, and fill it up with water. We’ll put bleachers along the sides and that’s what the glass is for. It allows people to enjoy the show, and these dogs put on a good one. They’ve come out on NBC’s Today Show and all sorts of stuff,” said Cox looking over at the vibrant wave maker.
The large 90-foot long wave tank can contain up to 8,000 gallons of water and is equipped with a wave-making machine capable of producing a perfect wave every five seconds.
“The wave machine will kick up the wave at the end and the dogs will surf towards the front of the trailer. It’s really cool to watch. I’m basically driving a mechanical beach on wheels,” said Cox with a smile from ear to ear.
Reflecting on his many years of truck driving, he said, “I’ve been driving for 43 years now. I’ve done a lot of cool things in my career, but this one of the coolest. I’m just getting started with this team and I love it. I don’t have a favorite surfing dog yet. Jack is pretty cool dog, but I love them all.”
Parked at the Stripes off US 285, Cox stretched his legs then shared his some final words before departing to Florida.
“I’ve passed through Fort Stockton many times. It’s a good stop. Actually, while I’m here I’ll probably run inside the Stripes and grab a sandwich before I get going.I’m trying to beat the weather and keep this thing clean.”
For more information, visit www.lucypetfoundation.org/gnarly-crankin-k9-wavemaker/. Videos of the Lucy Pet Products superstar, Coppertone, the wave-catching miniature dachshund are also on YouTube under the key words Coppertone Surf Dog.