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Surf dog Ricochet inspires new book

Ricochet showing her SURFice dog skills © Dale Porter



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Surfing therapy dog Ricochet gets a moment of fame

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 June, 2014 - Hero dog, therapy dog, surf dog and service dog turned SURFice dog, Ricochet's story, written by Judy Fridono launched on June 3rd. Within 12 hours it was at #46 on’s best seller list.

In the new non fiction book (published by HCI Books) Author Judy Fridono weaves the true story of a dog who went from puppy prodigy, to service dog dropout, to inspirational phenomenon… a beautiful golden retriever named Ricochet teaches us all that by following our hearts, we can live out our destiny, and become a force for good in the world.

After suffering a life of loss, Judy Fridono began training service dog puppies to make a positive difference in the world. Her "puppy prodigy," Ricochet, showed boundless potential surpassing every milestone. But out of the blue, the puppy with so much promise completely lost her focus to train, preferring to chase birds on the beach instead. Regretfully, Judy had no choice but to release Ricochet from the service dog program, leaving her disappointed and disheartened.

But the presumed detour became a journey of infinite possibilities when Ricochet found her doggie destiny in the  most unexpected of places: on a surfboard. When Judy finally embraced Ricochet's true calling, amazing things began to unfold. Then the four-legged student became the teacher, showing Judy--and the world--just how much good one dog can do.

Because of Ricochet's gift, a teenager with a debilitating spinal cord injury received the much needed therapy to walk at his high school graduation; a young boy with autism finally found his voice; and a soldier trapped by post-traumatic stress regained his freedom.

These, and many more inspiring stories, reveal how Ricochet is on a mission to transform countless lives by "pawing" it forward. She is the only SURFice dog® in the world that surfs with people with disabilities, kids with special needs, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD as an assistive aid.

A true pawtobiography about the healing power of an ordinary dog with an extraordinary spirit. Ricochet is a reminder to stay true to ourselves, celebrate our uniqueness, and appreciate the vast ocean of potential inherent in each of us.

This is a beautiful story about the journey of one very special human/canine team and the powerful impact they have had on so many human lives. Ricochet is a truly inspirational read that will not only make you laugh and cry, but also confirm what great love, trust, and dedication can achieve. —Victoria Stilwell, author of Train Your Dog Positively

“Ricochet will bound right into your heart. Her story inspires us all to find our purpose!” W. Bruce Cameron, author, A Dog’s Purpose.

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