(SERVICE DOGS/BOOK REVIEW) Ricochet tells the story of how one dog can inspire the lives of millions. Judy Fridono, the author and narrator of Ricochet, and her dog Ricochet help bring hope to individuals who struggle with mental or physical disabilities.

Ricochet, a golden retriever, teaches people to love and support one another in times of hardship. Photo credit: Animalfair.com
Ricochet, a Golden Retriever, teaches people to love and support one another in times of hardship. Photo credit: Animalfair.com

A dog who initially struggled in her service dog training, Ricochet soon learned how to surf the ocean waves. Through surfing, Ricochet is able to better the lives of those in need.

Not only can Ricochet surf on her own, but she can surf with a person on her board as well. A dog who can surf is a rarity, but what makes Ricochet even more special is her natural instinct to help others.

When Ricochet rode her first wave, Fridono never expected for her to have such a meaningful impact on so many lives. Even if an individual is disabled and cannot walk, they can surf the waves with Ricochet.

Ricochet helps people with disabilities to balance on a surfboard. Photo credit: Pawmazing.com
Ricochet helps people with disabilities to balance on a surfboard. Photo credit: Pawmazing.com

Ricochet went on to become a YouTube and Facebook sensation, and because her healing capabilities went viral, she was able to raise money for those with physical disabilities.

Ricochet’s story is not just about how a dog enriches the lives of people with disabilities. It also teaches individuals to listen and learn from their animal companions.

Ricochet helped his friend, West  Butner, to overcome his fear of the ocean. Photo credit: BarkPost
Ricochet helped her friend West Butner to overcome his fear of the ocean. Photo credit: BarkPost

Ricochet is a must-read for not only animal lovers, but also for anyone in search of an inspirational and uplifting story.

Check out Ricochet’s website to learn more about her story and how she helps those in need.

Publisher: HCI Books

Buy the book at Amazon.


— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal

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