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Surf Dog Ricochet helps veterans with PTSD recover more quickly through her extraordinary healing power

Most people know Ricochet as the iconic surf dog that made history 10 years ago when she jumped on the board of a boy who is paralyzed, becoming the first ever canine-assisted surf therapy dog.

Since then, she’s assisted hundreds of kids with special needs and people with disabilities.
But what many people don’t know is… Ricochet is a certified goal-directed therapy dog with extraordinary healing abilities. She has been working with service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTSD) for over seven years.

The connection she makes with people defies present-day scientific understanding. "Superman has x-ray vision, but Ricochet can see right into your soul", said retired Marine Staff Sergeant Persons B. Griffith IV (Griff), who suffers from combat related post-traumatic stress.

Ricochet is extremely sensitive, empathic and intuitive. She mirrors the emotions of those she works with through her subtle and not so subtle behaviors. “Somehow she knows their triggers,” said Judy Fridono, Ricochet’s guardian. “She assumes responsibility for their well-being and alerts them to potential triggers in the environment. She will stop and plant (refusing to move), or she’ll redirect them to a less anxiety provoking area”, said Fridono.

“The last time I worked with Ricochet, she alerted to a mall security guard by leading me away from the area we were in. She took it a step further by guiding me behind a bench where we were able to ‘take cover’ like I did when we took fire on the battlefield”, Griff said.

Ricochet’s behavior helps Griff (and others she works with) identify deep seated emotional trauma which can then be addressed with therapists. As a result, the healing process often advances more quickly.

Ricochet and Griff met through a six-week canine therapy clinic provided by Paws'itive Teams, and Naval Medical Center San Diego's Wounded, Ill and Injured Wellness Program.

After the clinic ended, Griff volunteered for Ricochet’s Waves of Empowerment program. From there, Griff was cast to be in the IMAX film, Superpower Dogs with Ricochet because of their soul-to-soul connection. The film premieres in March, 2019.

Both Fridono and Griff’s objective with these videos and IMAX film is that they can be a catalyst that gives hope to anyone with emotional trauma who is suffering in silence or contemplating suicide. The statistics are staggering… 22 veterans with PTSD die by suicide every day!

Fridono believes all dogs have these healing powers. Unfortunately, we often misinterpret their cues as bad behavior. In doing so, we miss the magic every dog is capable of. Her wish is that others will gain a better understanding of the sentience of dogs, and how they are always communicating with us… we just have to listen.

If you'd like to learn how to better interpret your dog's behavior, or if you'd like to unleash their healing power, please visit https://www.surfdogricochet.com/healing-power-of-dogs.html.
If you have PTSD, please visit https://www.surfdogricochet.com/ptsd.html to discover how a pet dog, emotional support dog or service dog can help you.

Poem by Griff
Photos by Heart Dog Studios
Filming by Gear 6 Productions

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Ricochet helping veteran with ptsd

Retired Marine with PTSD says "Ricochet has soul vision…
she can see right into your soul."

Ricochet helps veteran

Retired Marine with PTSD says "Ricochet has soul vision…
she can see right into your soul."

Ricochet helps veteran with ptsd

Retired Marine with PTSD says "Ricochet has soul vision…
she can see right into your soul."

Ricochet’s Guardian Angel fundraiser for Sandy Hook

Here's a message from Ricochet who is fund raising to buy guardian angel teddy bears for the children returning to school at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

Please help us pay tribute to the kids, teachers and families who lost a loved one by donating $5 or more to Ricochet’s Guardian Angel fundraiser at
http://www.surfdogricochet.com/GuardianAngels.htm

I can’t think of a better Christmas gift than one of compassion in the name of your child, loved one or pet.

Our ultimate goal is to raise $26,000… one thousand dollars for each life taken.

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Santa Paws Is Surfing To Town!

Surf dog Ricochet leads a military giving drive to benefit soldiers with PTSD, TBI and other combat injuries.

Santa Paws is surfing to town!

SURF DOG RICOCHET LEADS A MILITARY GIVING DRIVE TO
BENEFIT SOLDIERS WITH PTSD, TBI AND OTHER COMBAT INJURIES


Surf dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog traded her life jacket for a Santa jacket to kick off her 4th annual Surfin' Santa Paws Howliday Giving Drive which starts December 1st and goes through Christmas day. This year it benefits several military re-integration programs for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and other combat injuries. The drive also includes military working dogs that are injured or suffer PTSD.

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Ricochet and Betty White honouring dead Hero Dog Stacey Mae

SURF DOG RICOCHET HOSTS FUNDRAISER IN HONOR OF HERO DOG STACEY MAE
BENEFITING BETTY WHITE'S HUMANE HEROES CLUB/AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION
BETTY WHITE WILL MATCH UP TO $25,000 IN DONATIONS TO THIS FUND!
 

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Help Surfice dog Ricochet raise funds to fight canine cancer

Latest news from Surfice dog Ricochet. To hear Judy tell the inspiring story of how her dog Ricochet became the rising canine star and fund-raiser she is in Episode 118 of DogCast Radio. Here's how you can help Ricochet raise money to fight canine cancer:
 
HERO DOG AWARDS - Please vote for Surf dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog!

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Latest news from surf dog Ricochet

Here's the latest news from amazing surf dog Ricochet:
 

SURF DOG RICOCHET KICKS OFF "RAISE AWARENESS WEDNESDAYS" AS SHE ACHIEVES NEW MILESTONES - 20,000 FANS ON FACEBOOK
& $75,000 IN DONATIONS!

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