Ricochet, the 2012 Surf Dog Extraordinaire in Helen Woodward Animal Center’s (HWAC) Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is back at it. Not only did she win top honors for her surfing ability last year but she and her human, Judy Fridono, were last year’s top fundraisers. Currently, they are leading the fundraising for this year’s surfing competition that is scheduled to be held this Sunday at Del Mar Beach in California.
To date, Judy and Ricochet have earned close to $5,000 through their SURFice dog program. Fridono clarified that Ricochet accomplishes her “highest surfing paw’tential’” by both serving in the role of an assistive aid to individuals with disabilities while surfing with them and by helping others through raising awareness and funds for other human and animal causes.
It is extremely important for Judy Fridono and her dog Ricochet to put for their extraordinary efforts toward the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. She states it is because, "Although some see this event as a competition, the animals awaiting their forever homes see us as their last chance at happiness.” What a marvelous way to consider their service to others – by only looking at it from their standpoint. This kind woman and her pooch really are true philanthropists at heart!
Fridono encourages other participants to seek a donation (no matter the size) from family, friends, and co-workers. They she asks them to utilize social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and any other sites they frequent to do the same; communicate about the event so as to draw attention to it and to raise as much money for the orphaned animals as possible. Supporters of Ricochet can donate to this year’s Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon fundraiser on “Team Ricochet” at www.surfdogricochet.com or on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet.
This year’s event will be special because another as-yet-unnamed local Surf Dog Legend will be inducted into Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Hall of Fame. This portion of the event alone brings with it a good feeling and superb tail-wagging vibes. The new Hall of Famer will join Buddy the Jack Russell Terrier as the second inductee in the sport’s history. This surprise unveiling of the latest surFur to make his or her mark in Surf Dog history will be honored in a special ceremony that will follow the surfing competition.
There’s still time to register your favorite, four-footed, “paw-some” surfer. Surf Dog Heats cost $35 per registered pup and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded for each weight class with the top winners from each category invited back to surf in a final “Best in Surf” at 12:30pm. Helen Woodward Animal Center invites Southern California dogs to climb “on board.”
Help Judy Fridono and Ricochet raise funds to charitably donate to other animals less fortunate. Help HWAC remain the success that it continues to be!