December 7, 2009

All In The Family

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!



Heather and Ellie said...

I've seen this video in multiple places but I had no idea Ricochet was related to Ruby!

Does Ruby show any tendency to go surfing? :)vi

Ruby's Raiser said...

H&E: I'm not sure about surfing, but so far, no tendencies for counter surfing, so I'm happy about that! ;)

Tesser said...

They're related??? How cool is that!! I remember watching that video a few weeks ago & totally thinking of Ruby. wow. small world!

Lori said...

This was so incredibly moving. Thanks for posting it!

Anonymous said...

Just goes to show you that all of us ( people and puppies) have something we are meant to contribute to make the world a better place.

Clive said...

That was the most amazing video. Ricochet is one very special dog and lovely to learn the connection with Ruby.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

How khool is that?

We saw the video on one of our Khorgi pal blogs -

Shared it on FB - not sure there were any dry eyes left!

There are sooo many lessons there - not just about 'us' -

The hoomans khan learn from it too!

Khyra & Her GR Khousin Merdie