Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Here’s Kelly, reminding me to renew my commitment to fitness this new year. And here are your links for this week.

  * From Mercury news, Tillman the bulldog rode the waves on an impressive nearly-120-foot long float with real surf in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

 * The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that pets given as holiday gifts too often end up being returned to the shelter. Surrendered pets suffer emotionally when they are returned to a shelter cage.

from nj.com staff photo by Britney Lillya

* Amber the pitbull will soon be placed in a new home. nj.com tells us that she was abandoned with a note on her collar: “Amber: I need a family.”

*Reuters reports that having a cat as a kid can help reduce chances of developing allergies. However, the same is not true for adults. Getting a cat when you are an adult nearly doubles your allergy risks.

* Check out these Cute Overload photos of cats taking baths!