Remembering Tillman, The Bulldog Who Skateboarded Into Our Hearts, Four Years After His Passing

by Kelly Glass
Kelly Glass is a writer whose work focuses on the intersections of parenting, health, and pop culture. She lives in an Illinois college town with her educator husband, wildly ambitious sons, dog, and several fish. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Romper,, HelloGiggles,, What to Expect, and more.

Famous for his skateboarding and surfing skills, Tillman the bulldog was legendary. The extreme sports canine died four years ago this month.

Tillman died of complications from heart problems on his way to the pet hospital. Tillman was 10 years old at the time of his death. Ron Davis, the bulldog’s human, posted about his passing on social media.

“I’m sorry to announce the world lost a true legend…My best bud Tillman passed away last night. We shared so many memories skating, surfing and hanging out together. No words can truly describe how much he’ll be missed. Thanks for all the good times, Tilly,” the since-hidden Facebook post read.

The English bulldog held a Guinness World Record for “fastest 100 meters on a skateboard by a dog,” and he made regular appearances on floats at the Tournament of Roses Parade. Many fans were heartbroken by the loss of this cool canine. 

His human always said his pet bulldog was “not normal.” “He was the runt of the litter and not the biggest guy, but he’s tough, and all he wants to do is ride,” Ron said. Tillman was also a total ham, according to Ron, appearing in many viral videos and even starring in a reality show called Who Let the Dogs Out at one time.

Tillman became known to many when a video of him skateboarding was posted on YouTube in 2007, and the video became part of an iPhone advertisement. Remember some of Tillman’s awesome moments in the video below.

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