Have you ever seen a dog surf? Have you ever seen surfing dog Ricochet help disabled kids experience what it feels like to ride a wave into the shore?
If you haven’t, take a few minutes and let your mind, and your heart, be blown.
Here’s a photo of Ricochet in action.
Ricochet describes herself on her website (her “woof woof” was clearly translated into legible words) so we could get to know her better. 🙂
“My name is Surf Dog Ricochet… Ricki for short. I’m a SURFice dog®, and this is my surfing ‘tail’. I’m a top, international surf, hero and therapy dog, helping people all over the world.
I’ve raised over $300,000 for human/animal causes, and I’m ready to raise more!
Because of my unique, and highly skilled background of service/therapy/surf dog training, I’m the only SURFice dog® in the world who surfs with special needs kids, and people with disabilities as an assistive aid and intuitive muse.
I’ve won several top dog awards, including the AKC Award for Canine Excellence, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award, and Dog of the Year from the ASPCA. I surf for fun too, and typically place in the top three amongst all the surf dogs during contests.”
Pretty inspiring, huh?
What’s even more amazing is watching Ricochet’s incredible story in action, which started the day she was born.
Video courtesy of Ricochet Surf Dog
I had trouble getting through a minute of that video without breaking down in happy tears. I’m so incredibly moved by this surfing dog Ricochet and what she is doing for people with disabilities.
Her quiet, reassuring presence is letting those who face unbelievable physical and mental struggles take a brief respite from their hardships to be out in the ocean, riding the waves, feeling the water.
For a few moments in time, these people are free.
And it’s all because of this beautiful four-legged creature.
And her work doesn’t stop there.
Her incredible ability to surf with disabled kids has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars that pays for therapy that helps these kids live life.
With every wave she rides, and every person she inspires, she is raising awareness and funds that are changing people’s lives.
She’s helping inspire these kids to walk.