Ricochet isn’t your typical service dog. She was trained to be a service dog at birth but, like many veterans, had an insatiable thirst for adventure that couldn’t be quenched by typical lifestyle enjoyed by your average service dog. According to her owner, Ricochet simply had too much energy to perform the job.
Most people, or dogs in this case, would have thrown in the towel after being unable to perform the task expected of them properly. However, instead of quitting, Ricochet decided to become one of the world’s first SURF-ice dogs.
Ricochet and her owner have devoted their lives to helping others through a program called “Waves of Empowerment.” Ricochet helps veterans and disabled children by taking them out to the ocean and sharing a surfboard with them while they learn to surf.
Watch Ricochet in action below:
This water-loving golden retriever has raised over $500,000 to help people with disabilities. On January 25, 2017 she raised $10,000 to provide a veteran with a service dog and even raised an additional $17,000 to help the Emma Zen Foundation purchase pet oxygen mask kits for fire stations throughout their home county.
A docu-series on Ricochet’s life delves deeper into how Ricochet and her companions are helping veterans suffering from PTSD.
Ricochet has had a powerful impact on the people that she surfs with that many of them end up becoming volunteers for the program. They see it as a way to give back to the dog and organization that helped them overcome their disabilities.