Friday, July 1, 2011
A Dog Named Ricochet
Ricochet grew and grew, and she got lots of training, but there was a problem, which was that she really, really liked to chase birds and squirrels and all kinds of critters like that. Of course, this is perfectly normal dog behavior, and I don't think there is anything wrong with it, personally. But if a dog is a service dog, that dog is supposed to stay focused on helping its person, instead of getting distracted and running off after rabbits or whatever.
So Ricochet's trainer got very sad because she saw that Ricochet couldn't really be a good service dog. But about this same time, Ricochet got invited to compete in a doggy surfing event. So she went there and competed, and she won 3rd place. After that, the people at Puppy Prodigies decided maybe Ricochet could be a SURFice dog instead of a service dog.
This was a whole new kind of program that hadn't been done before, but Ricochet was the perfect dog to do it because she had all that service-dog training, plus she was also good at surfing. So she started working with disabled people to help them go surfing. And also she did a whole bunch of fundraising for lots of different causes.
But the therapy is really expensive, like $30,000 a year, and Ricochet is helping raise the money that Patrick needs to get the therapy. Also Patrick and Ricochet go surfing together, riding on the same surfboard, and they have lots of fun doing that.
Ricochet has her very own website, where you can read all about her and all the causes she has helped with. Plus you can see several videos of her surfing with Patrick and other people. Ricochet has won a ton of awards, which you can read about on her site. Some of the causes she has helped raise money for are: canine cancer, breast cancer, arthritis, autism, spinal cord injuries, animal rescue, and several groups that help disabled people get to go surfing.