From Service Dog to Surfer Dog (VIDEO)

Yesterday we showed you a service dog trained to help her wheelchair-bound mistress do the things she couldn’t do for herself. You agreed that we need to train more dogs for this kind of service. 

Well, here is Ricochet, born into a puppy prodigy’s early learning program where dogs learn to provide help. Watch as she learns to open doors, turn on lights, and fetch and perform the other tasks that will make all the difference to a disabled person.

But wait. Ricochet decides what she really likes to do in life — chase birds. And service dogs can’t chase birds.  

So Ricochet drops out of the service training program and learns to do something else she really enjoys — surfing. And this new skill is put to great use when she starts fundraising for causes and earns $10,000 for a paraplegic surfer.  

How’s that for service?


 


Photo credit: Cynr

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86 comments

Manuel V.
Manuel P.4 years ago

I don't know who owns this video (SME ?!?), but it's very sad if they expressly blocked for viewing it in other countries "due to copyrights" ... hope it's only a mistake.

mary l.
mary l.4 years ago

Wonderful story.

Jovita Prinz
jovita d.5 years ago

Incredible great. I do believe dogs have many wondeds to teach us, they give us beatiful lessons about loyalty and sacrifice. More dogs to join this one!

Jovita Prinz
jovita d.5 years ago

Incredible great. I do believe dogs have many wondeds to teach us, they give us beatiful lessons about loyalty and sacrifice. More dogs to join this one!

Petra Luna
Petra Luna5 years ago

Not only are dogs eager to please, I think they get called for certain types of work too.

I think Ricochet went past any expectations any program could do with her. How much better of a service dog could she be? I think she's better than perfect.

Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba5 years ago

Great story

Diana Fry
Diana Fry5 years ago

This is a grate story. More dogs should be traind for all types of handycaps for all types of people. And made more affordable.

Xochitl L.
Xochitl L.5 years ago

Amazing dog and relentless instructor. Most of us are "surfer dogs" that haven`t found our calling. Great example. Paraphrasing 300: "Never give up. Never surrender!"

Linda H.
Linda h.5 years ago

Great story! thanks!

Carol Cowbrough
Carol Cowbrough5 years ago

Absolutely. Wonderful dog.