The Grand Marshal of the Kiwanis Pet Parade is always a distinguished honor that embodies the spirit of the Pet Parade.
K-9 Office Enzo with Officer Miranda. Officer Marty Miranda has served with Salem Police Department for 19 years. As a K-9 handler, Officer Miranda got Enzo (a German shepherd) from the Czech Republic. Enzo was his first dog who served for 10 years, which is unusually long as police dogs normally only serve 6 to 8 years. Enzo was assigned to patrol operations and SWAT, and he had over 1,800 deployments and more than 830 captures to his credit. Enzo was 11 years old when he retired, which is equivalent to a 90-year-old human doing the job. Enzo will turn 12 in fall 2019. He currently lives with the Miranda family and his two Border Collie siblings (Shiba and Kona).
Key Club. Key Club’s grand marshal designation honored the re-establishment of the Kiwanis student-led organization at Silverton High School. Members perform acts of service our community, such as helping with SACA food drives, organizing the annual bike roundup/safety course program, raising funds to support childhood cancer research, and more. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects, and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district, and international levels.
Silver Creek Animal Clinic P.C. (SCAC). SCAC’s grand marshal designation honored the esteemed members of our community who have dedicated themselves and their careers to improving the care and quality of life for all animals − especially pets. The clinic is a companion animal and equine practice located in Silverton and a long-time sponsor of the parade. SCAC offers services such as surgery, dentistry, wellness and spay/neuter as well as groundbreaking pet programs. These programs include a cat-only room with amenities to help put cats at ease, two-hour blocks two days a week for cat-only appointments to further their comfort, two days a week of at-home care for the elderly who are unable to transport their pets, a pet weight loss program and free “Doc Talk” seminars.
Fire Pup. Fire Pup is a celebration of the four-footed members of the fire department. For many years, the Dalmatian was a well recognized team member of each fire house. They went on fire calls with the other members of the department – clearing the way for the then horse-drawn vehicles, protecting the equipment and the horses, and preventing by-standers from getting too close. The Dalmatian today serves as a firehouse pet (mascot). While the focus of the parade is on pets, the fire pups’ two-legged partners will also be honored in gratitude for these selfless individuals who put the safety of their neighbors and community above their own; and to remember those who ultimately sacrificed themselves in doing so.
State Champion Silverton High School Foxes Boys Basketball Team. The Silverton Foxes Boys Basketball Team captured their first State Championship in 105 years on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Gill Coliseum. Congratulations to the members of the 2014-15 Foxes Boys Basketball Team for their outstanding performance in bringing home the State Championship. Go Foxes!
American Cancer Society “Bark for Life”. Bark for Life honors the care giving qualities of pets and canine companions. Silverton’s first ever Relay for Life event was held after the parade in July of 2014. The Bark For Life Grand Marshal offered an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer.
Kiwanis Charter Members Warren Levecke & Orville Roth. The Kiwanis Club of Silverton celebrated 50 years of service to the community in 2013. Of the original 36 charter members, only Warren Levecke and Orville Roth were still living at the time of the celebration. Kiwanis is thankful for these charter members who wanted to make an impact on their community as we continue today through our service projects, such as the Pet Parade, to serve the children and community of Silverton.
Boomba. The the 9-year-old hairless Chinese crested dog is credited as a hero for saving Silverton’s Palace Theatre from burning to the ground by discovering the theater fire during a morning walk.
Pal, son of “Bobby the Wonder Dog”. Bobbie was a canine national hero that traveled 2,800 miles in the dead of winter to return to his home in Silverton. Upon his death in 1927, Bobbie was buried with honors at the Oregon Humane Society. Portland’s mayor gave the eulogy and later Rin Tin Tin laid a wreath at his grave.