From service dog to SURFice dog
I receved an email regarding this video. It said:
“Most people have shed tears while watching. The feedback we’re getting is… ‘it’s one of the best inspirational YouTube videos ever, this is what YouTube videos should be, what a wonderful story, heartwarming, it’s a tear jerker, have your kleenex ready, touching. It seems each person finds an individual message in it, and it touches them on many different levels.’”
After a few days I watched the video. The sender was correct. My heart was warmed, I did need a box of kleenex, and I found an individual message. Mine was a reminder that the out-cast… the ne’er-do-well (I’m referring to Ricochet – the dog here,) is often the one with the strongest gift. The gift of understanding what it feels like to be an out-cast. This video will move you. It’s a story of inspiration and love. One that has a stronger purpose than self.
This is Surf dog Ricochet’s journey from birth, to service dog training, to dog surfing, to surfing tandem with quadriplegic surfer, Patrick Ivison, to fundraising for charitable causes. She has raised over $20,000 in the last six months. She is currently leading a fundraiser for a six year old boy named Ian who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a horrific car accident that claimed the lives of his parents. For more info on Ricochet, dog surfing, and her charitable causes, please go to Surf Dog Ricochet to follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
The unsung hero here is Judy Fridono. Ricochet’s trainer. Judy humbly shares her talent. It took me some time to find her name as she does not showcase it on Ricochet’s website or youtube
channel. Judy is a gift from, and to, both Dog and God. In my opinion.. Judy represents what every human and canine should aspire to.