Wednesday, 5 October 2011

From Service Dog to SURFice Dog


Ricochet is an internationally renowned champion surf dog at the center of media attention, who has become an inspirational phenomenon, motivational role model, internet sensation, fundraising marvel, goodwill ambassador, and muse to millions!

This video depicts her journey from birth to 15 months of age, as she goes through her service dog training, which is cut short due to her propensity to chase birds. Her role changed to SURFice dog and she started to fundraise for quadriplegic surfer, Patrick Ivison, who she met the night before this video was filmed.

The intention was for the two of them to surf a wave together on their own surfboards. At one point, when they surfed into shore, Ricochet jumped off her board, and onto Patrick's. It was her decision to surf tandem with him!

Patrick was run over by a car when he was a child, and suffered a spinal cord injury. He has used a wheelchair ever since. Ricochet fundraised to help offset costs of Patrick's physical therapy, a new service dog and raised more than $10,000 for him! And, one of her sponsors, the Rose Foundation awarded a grant that will pay for an additional three years of his therapy!

Once the video went viral, she turned it into a platform to help more people/animals and she's raised over $53,000 in the last year. She promotes kindness, charity, philanthropy, and social responsibility, such as her video about anti-bullying "You're amazing just the way you are!"

For more info on Ricochet, her surfing, her charitable causes, or to make a donation, go to www.SurfDogRicochet.com
 or visit www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet.


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