In 2013 The Daily Golden will feature a different golden retriever each month as “Golden Retriever of the Month”. There are so many great goldens out there, but this first post is dedicated to Ricochet, The SURFice Dog.
Ricochet explains herself best on her website :
“I’m an internationally renowned, award winning surf dog who has become an inspirational phenomenon, motivational role model, internet sensation, fundraising marvel, goodwill ambassador, and muse to millions! I’m the only known dog in the world that surfs with special needs kids and people with disabilities as an assistive aid. But, mom says I’m just an ordinary dog with an extra-ordinary spirit.”
Ricochet began her training at birth to be a service dog, but eventually had to be removed from the program because she liked to chase birds a bit too much. She began surfing, and then fundraising, and came into her own. Ricochet went from service dog to SURFice dog, and surfs with persons with disabilities, counter balancing the surfboard, and serves as a helper if someone falls off the board. Ricochet has helped raise over $250,000 for more than 150 animal/human causes and continues to bring joy to many doing various service work.
Here she is following commands from an ipad that a verbally disabled girl is prompting, her handler not required
As recently as December, Ricochet teamed up with Angel Bears of Hope to donate 700 bears to the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School after the tragic events of December 14th.
In 2011, Ricochet was named ASPCA’s Dog of the Year. That same year, she was honored at the Hero Dog Awards for “Emerging Hero Dog” Ricochet was an honorary guest again this year got to meet Betty White!
Betty White meets Ricochet at Hero Dog Awards – Dogster
Ricochet and Betty White – Facebook/SurfDogRicochet
In her spare time, Ricochet likes to hang with her “sister” Rina and her mom, Judy Fridono, who has an associates degree in assistance dog training. She also likes to surf, dock jump, chase critters, and visit wounded warriers. She also likes to appear on TV. (Today Show, CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network)
Ricochet’s media page
There is so many accomplishments this golden girl has achieved, I could go on all day! Please check out Ricochet’s website SurfDogRicochet , and follow her on Facebook or Twitter and donate!
Keep up the good work you beautiful golden girl! Belly rubs and kisses.
If you know a great golden, nominate them for Golden Retriever of the Month by sending an email to email@example.com