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Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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"This is a beautiful story from start to finish about the journey of one very special human/canine team and the powerful impact they have had on so many human lives. Ricochet is a truly inspirational read that will not only make you laugh and cry, but also confirm what great love, trust, and dedication can achieve."
―Victoria Stilwell, author of Train Your Dog Positively
"If you've ever loved an animal, this book is a must-read. It will lift your heart and keep you turning the pages with its insights about love, loss, keeping your faith, making a difference, and the intangible but incredible connection we have with our animals."
―Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian" (Endorsements)
"Ricochet's awe-inspiring story is a celebration of the healing power of the human-animal bond. Judy's personal journey with Ricochet is a moving story of hope with a four-legged champion of compassion who continues to touch many lives. This is a must-read tribute to real American heroes on both ends of the leash!"
―Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D., president and CEO, American Humane Association (Endorsements)
"Ricochet is a must-read for everyone who wants to be inspired in a challenging world in which inspiration is much-needed. I've never met a dog being like Ricochet and I hope one day to do so. Thanks to Judy Fridono for sharing this wonderful story of a most amazing savior. Ricochet is a very special dog whose story must be circulated and shared globally."
― Marc Bekoff, author of Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed
"What a wonderful story! Ricochet is everything anyone could hope for in a dog―friend, coworker, and surf buddy―to name a few of her many qualities. This amazing dog and her incredible human partner found their purpose in life together. They will make you want to spring into action with your own natural talents. This book is a blessing!"
―Allen and Linda Anderson, founders of Angel Animals Network and authors of Animals & the Kids Who Love Them
"Ricochet will bound right into your heart. Her story inspires us all to find our purpose!"
―W. Bruce Cameron, author, A Dog's Purpose
"Judy Fridono recounts story after story of lives forever changed, her own included, with the help and presence of her furry canine companion, Ricochet, whose soul purpose is to encourage and comfort anyone who dares to dream of riding the perfect wave. Profound and uplifting, the story of Ricochet is not so much about a dog who surfs but about the impact she has in the lives she touches, one paw at a time."
―Susan Sims, publisher, FIDO Friendly magazine
About the Author
Judy Fridono is a dog trainer with an associate's degree in service dog training. She is the founder of Puppy Prodigies, a unique program designed to provide a long-term advantage at an early age for service dogs and pets. She is also the guardian of Ricochet, an internationally renowned, award winning surf dog who has become an inspirational phenomenon, philanthropic role model, internet sensation, fundraising marvel, community advocate, goodwill ambassador, and muse to millions!
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It's beautifully written in a wonderful, heartfelt manner with so many touching moments. Although I was already familiar with many of the stories told thru vignettes in the book, I still found them very interesting and emotional. You'll want to keep a box of tissues handy!
One does not need to be a dog lover to enjoy this book. Her story is one of love, loss, hope, forgiveness, courage and strength. The lessons we can all learn from Ricochet are endless!
What Judy, Ricochet and Rina have contributed to the world has made an immeasurable difference in so many lives!
Bravo, Congrats, and LOVE!
When the book came out I ordered it on the first day. I spent one day reading it. I really didn't know about service dogs and the training and commitment it takes to become one. For the dog and the trainer. I can understand now the breeding for these types of dogs. I read with sadness how Ricochet's mom had such a hard life. And the fact that Ric herself did not want to be a service dog in the traditional sense. It was amazing to read about her training at such a young age. She couldn't even see, but yet she began. I also never thought much about surfing or dogs that surfed. I actually did not know that they could. I also thought that even so, how would that help a person. I was so wrong on how that helps the disabled. I think one of the most uplifting quotes of the book is when Patrick (the first boy she surfed with who was confined to a wheelchair) said that "I look back on the beach and I can see my empty chair. I am free out there." Ricochet helped him surf and helped him raise money. So special.
The book continues with more and more people that Ric helps. For me the underlining message of hope and to make a difference in the way you know how captured me the most. I think you will be inspired by the goodness in people and dogs if you read this book.