Ricochet is a 9-year-old female golden retriever who calls herself a SURFice dog. She was raised to be a service dog for a person with a disability, but she loved the water so much that she decided she would do much of her helping out while in the water.
Surfing is so much more than just a sport, it brings people together, it inspires and motivates them to be better and to do good things. And surf dog Ricochet is a living example of this. We should all be inspired by this furry friend and use surfing for so much more than just a way to have fun!
Surf dog Ricochet has managed to raise $500,000 for charity through a fundraising that started online in 2009. When she was just a pup, Ricochet started competing in surf dog competitions and in 2015, she focused her efforts on adaptive surfing to help and improve the lives of children with autism, people with disabilities, and veterans. Her titles are quite impressive, as she is an AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD), American Humane Association Hero Dog, ASPCA Dog of the Year, and an AKC Award for Canine Excellence. Not to mention that she is in two Surf Dog Halls of Fame: Surf Dog Hall of Fame, Helen Woodward Animal Center and Surf Dog Walk of Fame, International Surfing Museum!
Ricochet’s Facebook page, Surf Dog Ricochet, the SURFice Dog! has over 250,000 likes and the bulk of her fundraising was done there, after a video of her and a quadriplegic surfer went viral. The surf-loving pup held more than 100 fundraisers for over 250 human and animal causes that helped raise a whopping $500,000. Aside from this, Ricochet also raised $10,000 dollars to get a military veteran a service dog and provided over 1 million bowls of food for homeless animals.
According to her Facebook bio, Ricochet is “an advocate, ambassador and spokesdog for many causes and has also created her own programs and initiatives”. These programs and initiatives include: PTSD Battle Buddy Initiative, Waves of Empowerment, Operation Socialization, Make-A-Wish, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, Surfin' For Paws-Abilities, Anti-Bullying, Canine Inspired Community Re-Integration (CICR), Surf For SMA, Paw It Forward, Autism Surf Camp, Veteran's Adaptive Sports Camp - Surf Clinic, Beautifully Flawed Retreat - Friends Of Bethany Hamilton, Canine Ambassador For Surfers With Disabilities℠, The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, The Best Day Foundation, Life Rolls On, and San Diego Metro Fleet & Family Readiness Programs.
It’s obvious that Ricochet is no ordinary service dog! What she has achieved during her lifetime is spectacular! She raised more money for charity than most of us do in our lifetime, she’s helped improve the lives of children, grown men and women and fellow animals. It’s safe to say that Ricochet’s good deeds will not go unobserved!
If you want to know more about Ricochet, read her book, Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Million.
Inspired by this furry friend to take up surfing? How about you book a surf camp in the US and maybe you’ll run into her?!