A few weeks ago, a friend in the service dog world sent me a link to a fantastic video. She knew I'd be very interested for two reasons. One is that Ricochet (aka Rip Curl Ricki) is a truly amazing golden retriever who was to be a service dog, but became a SURFice dog – click the video below for her inspiring story and for a fun and wild ride!
The other reason? She and Ruby are related! Their shared lineage is through Ruby's mom, Bridget, but it's easiest to just say that in human terms, young Ricochet would be Ruby's "great-aunt!"
Ricochet is a shining example of the many phenomenal service dogs in training who, because of certain traits or tendencies, ultimately wind up following a different path. They may not become service dogs, but they contribute to their communities in ways equally as profound. Just like Rip Curl Ricki, these change of career canines excel in so many ways; they help to raise awareness, assist in fundraising efforts, and many become therapy or facility dogs, skilled companions, search and rescue, even avalanche dogs, just to name a few.
I asked Judy for permission to post her video and we are delighted to raise a paw and high-five "Aunt" Ricochet!