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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Found On The Net: Surfice Dog

Little Ricki as a puppy, just started surfing in the kiddie pool.

Ricki as a youngster starting her career as a surfice dog.

Ricki is a full-fledged competitor in the So. CA. dog surfing circuit.

There is no misspelling in the title, it is "Surfice Dog" not "Service Dog". This is the story of Ricochet Rip Curl Ricki, The little surFUR girl.

When we were in Del Mar, we realized that it was a very dog-friendly town with a dog beach, several dog bakeries and the the headline in the local community newspaper was about dogs. We also saw that Del Mar beaches had a lot of surfers. We did not realize that there is a very famous surfing dog that routinely practice at the Del Mar beaches, or we would for sure look for her. Found on Internet is the story of Ricochet or "Rip Curl Ricki" in surfing code. In her words,

"I was born on January 25, 2008, and was the 9th puppy in a litter of 10. I was born, and raised as part of the Puppy Prodigies Neo-Natal & Early Learning Program with hopes of becoming a service dog, and helping people. But, they tell me I'm a little too interested in chasing birds, and other small animals. So, my career path changed, and instead of being a service dog, I became a SURFice dog! Now, I have a personal mission called "Surfin' for Paws-abilities" which raises money for charitable causes."

The websites for Ricochet and for Puppy Prodigies are absolutely wonderful. There are lots of videos and photos of dog training. Some of the techniques could be applied to rabbits easily. If you have some time in hand, click these websites and hope you will enjoy the stories, photos and videos.


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