Did you know that SoCal Surf Dog Ricochet has been surfing with, and supporting wounded warriors for the last 2 years?
She works as an assistive aid to surfers with disabilities through Puppy Prodigies as a SURFice dog (tm).
Among them have been wounded warriors, active duty military, and veterans. Ricochet uses her surfing skills to counter-balance the board, and adjusts her surfing style to each disability.
In addition, her soft hearted nature coupled with her intuitiveness fosters trust through an instant, far reaching bond helping the warriors heal.
She's been involved with a number of military based organizations, including the Balboa Naval Medical Center. When not in the water, she does goal directed therapy with the Balboa Rehab Program through Pawsitive Teams,
working with active duty wounded warriors affected by PTSD, combat stress, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and other forms of medical trauma.
Ricochet has extensive training and experience since she was trained as a service dog.
She's also a certified goal directed therapy dog, and a registered therapy dog.
In addition to working with wounded warriors, Ricochet helps special needs children, and people with disabilities both in, and out of the water.
This is yet another example of what the SoCal Surf Dogs do when they are not surfing to raise monies and awareness for various causes.
Ricochet sets the bar high for all of us to give back in our individual ways, as well as a group!
Within hours of it’s YouTube debut yesterday,
SAN DIEGO DOGS achieved more than 1700 “likes” and 20,000 views
putting it on track to possibly go viral
and help many homeless animals find a new life and a new home with a loving family.
Lia and Roxy teamed‐up with several world‐famous San Diego dogs including
Surf Dog RICOCHET, the SURFice Dog and
SoCal Surf Dog NANI
when they created the video last month on location on Coronado.
Click onthe photo below to see the video!
"Adopt your next dog from an animal rescue or shelter!"
That's the message from California Gurls
LIA MARIE JOHNSON & ROXY KING,
SURFice Dog RICOCHET and NANI with their SoCal SURF DOG friends,
in their new music video: "SAN DIEGO DOGS."
Lia and Roxy team-up with their San Diego surfing buds
with the hope of motivating people to visit their local rescue and animal shelters
and leave with a new best friend.
SAN DIEGO DOGS
Lyrics by Lia Marie Johnson / Roxy King / Tony Perri
Proceeds from the
iTunes releases of SAN DIEGO DOGS are donated to
The American Humane Association & The Helen Woodward Animal Center
In this video you will see SoCal Surf Dogs:
Nani, Ricochet, Toby, King, Missy, Louie, Jack, Moo,
Kalani, Zoe, Antonio, Guido Mackey, Kona Kai and Brody!
Photos of the 6th Annual Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon
held September 25th, 2011 at Dog Beach in Del Mar.
The billboards were put up to promote the up-comingHelen Woodward Animal Center's Surf-A-Thonthat will take place at Dog Beach in Del Mar on September 11th, 2011.More detail at: http://surfdog.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=465235The billboard features SoCal Surf Dogs (Back to front)Nani, a Bernese Mountain Dog,Ricochet, a Golden Retriever,Dozer, an English Bull Dogand Toby, a Shih Tzu Mix!(Toby is watching for sharks)
Here's the Billboard in Ocean Beach.
It's on Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
(Just north of Voltaire!)
Here's the Billboard in Pacific Beach.
It's on Garnet Ave.
(Just east of Mission Blvd.)
For Immediate Release
July 18, 2011
For more information:
858-756-4117 x 347
Four-legged Celebs take to the waves to hang 20!
Del Mar, CA– On September 11, 2011,
join Riccochet, Nani, Dozer, and Buddy
as they hit the beach with their canine buds
to raise money for orphans in need.
These amazing Surf Dog ambassadors will entertain and inspire you with
their feats of strength, bravery, and style as they ride the wave of competition
to see who will be this year’s “top dog” at the 2011 Helen Woodward
Animal Center's Surf Dog Surf-a-thon.
The largest surfing dog contest in the country,
sponsored by our friends at Eukanuba,
will have something for everybody,
with more than 80 dogs surfing in 4 different weight classes.
Professional surfers will be judging and participating in the Surf Dog competition,
while three mystery local TV stars will be “keeping it real”
in the costume contest.
fantastic goodies for you and your pet will be available at over 70 vendor booths.
Those in attendance will also get a “first peek”
at professional surfer, Guy Takayama’s,
newly designed “Surfah Dog” surf boards
made especially for your four-legged best friend’s safety and enjoyment.
Whether you are there to root for the top fund raising
canine in the world, Riccochet,
the amazing surfing bulldog, Dozer,
the gentle giant Nani,
or the Kelly Slater of the dog world, our pal Buddy,
we can’t wait to see you all down on the beach on Saturday, September 11, 2011.
This special date will be honored by a tribute to
Search and Rescue Dogs everywhere
who give their all to mankind each and every day in the most selfless
and heroic way.
From 9/11 to the streets of Bagdad, canine bravery helps keep us all safe.
All dogs and cats, puppies and kittens at the
HelenWoodward AnimalCenter are spayed or neutered,
have up-to-date vaccines,
and have passed health and temperament testing before going
“home” with their new families.
Plus, when you adopt from HWAC,
you will receive two free tickets to Sea World to celebrate the summer.
Helen WoodwardAnimal Center’s Adoption Kennels are open
and Saturday-Sunday, 11:00am-6:00pm.
For more information visit Helen WoodwardAnimal Center
at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, California
or call 858-756-4117,
You can also log on to www.animalcenter.org
Congratulations to Judy Fridono
and her So Cal Surf Dog
for making the Semi Finals
Skim Boarding portion of the
2011 Rose Parade Float!