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!
Check out Ricochet's website at www.SurfDogRicochet.com
Email Ricochet at Pawinspired@aol.com
She lives a lifestyle of helping others by pawing it forward while raising awareness & funds for human/animal causes. She's raised over $52,600 in the last year through her initiative, Surfin' for Paws-abilities.
She's been featured in hundreds of media sources all over the world showcasing and raising awareness of her causes, and her surfing, such as the Associated Press, USA Today, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News, Animal Planet, and many more. She's also been featured on tens of thousands of internet websites, and is also popular on social networking/media sites like Twitter and Facebook, where she has over 15,500 fans. This link http://www.surfdogricochet.com/Media.htm has a comprehensive list of the media she's been featured in.
Ricochet was an extra in the movie Marmaduke, and has appeared in several documentaries. She, along with three of her surf buddies were photographed by Dale Porter riding four dogs on a board, and the picture was featured in Times Square and the Vegas strip! She'll be featured in five books that are coming out in 2011.
She is best known for her inspirational video that went viral on YouTube "From Service dog to SURFice dog", which has almost 3 million views, and touched the hearts of people all over the world, bringing them to tears. Kleenex alert!
Since the video has gotten so much exposure, she immediately turned it into a platform to help others on a larger scale by re-directing the attention to additional human and animal causes including disabilities, special needs kids, adaptive surfing organizations, arthritis, breast cancer, canine cancer, rescues/shelters, So Cal H2O Rescue Team, Pay It Forward Day, and more. She strives to inspire people to focus on what they CAN do, which allows for a celebration of amazing outcomes. She also encourages people to allow themselves and others to be who they truly are... without judgment or intention to change. She promotes kindness, charity, philanthropy, and social responsibility, such as her video about anti-bullying "You're amazing just the way you are!"
Ricochet was born into the Puppy Prodigies Neo Natal & Early Learning Program, a 501(c)3 non profit organization that trains puppies to become service dogs for people with disabilities. As she grew, so did her interest in chasing critters, which could be dangerous if she was attached to a wheelchair. So, she had to be released from that position. But since she proved that she could surf pretty well by winning 3rd place at her first surf dog competition, the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, her role was changed to SURFice dog! She's still able to help people with disabilities... just in a non traditional way!
She's been awarded several top fundraiser awards, several top dog awards, including recognition as a Pet Hero by the USA Today, and presented with the prestigious 2010 AKC Award for Canine Excellence.
She surfs for fun, and usually wins in the top three when she enters surf dog contests. But, she's most passionate about the adaptive surfing community of disabled surfers and special needs kids. She often surfs tandem with them, helping to counterbalance the board. When she does this, she experiences the true Aloha spirit, and she's totally stoked! For her, it's what surfing is all about!
Ricochet is a specially trained dog, with the temperament, and advanced training of a service dog. She's also a canine good citizen, a certified goal directed therapy dog, and a registered therapy dog. Her guardian/handler, Judy Fridono is a certified professional dog trainer, and they work closely with her causes to customize protocols for her SURFice dog work.
Ricochet has several corporate donors, and a number of sponsors. She is a member of the So Cal Surf Dogs, and Golden SurFURS. She also enjoys dock jumping, ball chasing, digging for gophers, chasing critters, lurecoursing, and BIRDS!
Titles, awards & Honors:
Canine Good Citizen
Certified Therapy Dog
Registered Therapy Dog
Was an extra in the movie Marmaduke
Is in the 2010 & 2011 Surf Dogs Calendar
2010 Dog Town San Diego's 3 dog walk for breast cancer, Top Fundraiser
2010 The American Kennel Club Humane Fund Ace Award for Canine Excellence for Exemplary Companion Dog
2010 Helen Woodward Surf Dog A Thon, 1st place "Top Fundraiser".
2010 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation, honoree
2010 Arthritis Walk with Leash Your Fitness, Top Fundraiser
2010 Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk, Top Fundraiser
2010 Dogswell Wag Award "Most Charitable Story"
2010 Petopia TV, Pet of the Year
2010 USA Today Dog Hero
2009 DogTipper, Top 10 Dog Stars of 2009
Will be featured in five books coming out in
Won the 2010 Helen Woodward Billboard contest with fellow surFURS, Nani, Dozer & Toby.
Surf Dog Competitions:
2009 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Surf Dog Competition at Dog Beach in San Diego:
Third Place Large Dogs
2009 Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar, California:
First Place Large Dog Heat
Second Place Over All
2009 Surf City Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach, California:
First Place Large Dog Heat
Second Place Large Dog Finals
2010 Loews Coronado Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach, California:
First Place Tandem
2010 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Surf Dog Competition at Dog Beach in San Diego:
Third Place Large Dogs
2010 SPN Surf Dog Competition, in Huntington Beach, California:
2010 Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar, California:
Second Place Large Dog Heat
2010 Surf City Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach, California:
First Place Large Dogs
Third Place Large Dog Finals
Best Crowd Pleaser
For more videos of Ricochet surfing solo, tandem with other dogs, and tandem with disabled surfers, go to www.surfdogricochet.com/videos