Surf Dog Ricochet will be pawtographing copies of her international best selling book at Barnes & Noble on July 9th.
retired Staff Sargeant Randy Dexter, Ian McFarland and West Butner
Also in attendance and participating in the signing will be several individuals showcased in the book, including retired Staff Sargeant Randall Dexter who served in Iraq and developed PTSD, Ian McFarland who suffered a brain injury in a horrific car accident that claimed the lives of his parents, West Butner who defied the odds of austim and Rina the dog who loves shoes!
Admission is free as the team provides a Q&A session, photo opportunities and talk about the true life stories that took them from tragedy to triumph with the help of Ricochet.
Attendees will also receive a FREE paw it forward wristband, pawtographed bookmark, stickers, trading cards and doggie treats from Biscuits by Lambchop with proof of purchase of Ricochet’s book.
“Ricochet” is testament to the healing power of an ordinary dog with an extraordinary spirit who chose her own destiny and became the only SURFice dog® in the world who surfs with people with disabilities, kids with special needs, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD as an assistive aid. This book is one of a kind and a percent of sales will go to Ricochet's causes fund to help humans and animals in need!
For Ricochet’s bio and additional information please go to www.SurfDogRicochet.com.
In the new non fiction book, author Judy Fridono weaves the true story of a dog who went from puppy prodigy, to service dog dropout, to inspirational phenomenon. The story takes readers beyond Ricochet’s inspirational video, ”From Service Dog to SURFice dog®, which went viral on YouTube and now boasts more than 4.3 million views.
The Amazon.com international best selling book tells the story of Ricochet’s journey with trainer, Judy. After suffering a life of loss, Judy began training service dog puppies to make a positive difference in the world. Her "puppy prodigy," Ricochet, showed boundless potential surpassing every milestone. But out of the blue, the puppy with so much promise completely lost her focus to train, preferring to chase birds on the beach instead. Regretfully, Judy had no choice but to release Ricochet from the service dog program, leaving her disappointed and disheartened.
But the presumed detour became a journey of infinite possibilities when Ricochet found her doggie destiny in the most unexpected of places: on a surfboard. When Judy finally embraced Ricochet's true calling, amazing things began to unfold. Then the four-legged student became the teacher, showing Judy--and the world--just how much good one dog can do.
Ricochet provides a platform of hope as readers are spun into a cocoon of positive energy and inspiration. As the story unfolds, readers are encouraged to open their heart and venture deep within themselves to a place of reflection. With Judy's powerful experiences as their vehicle, readers will be driven to their own place of thought provoking revelation and empowerment. As discoveries are made, readers will have the opportunity to embark on their own journey, and emerge into the beauty of their true self and unique life purpose.
The book is adorned with beautiful photos, and everyone who reads it finds their own personal message. It’s a reminder to adjust our expectations, stay true to ourselves, celebrate our uniqueness, look at obstacles as opportunities and appreciate the vast ocean of potential inherent in each of us. Readers are encouraged to embark on their own journey and life purpose, reinforcing the notion that by following our hearts, we can live out our destiny, and become a force for good in the world – just the way we are!
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!
If Judy can "paw it forward" to even one person through this book by giving them hope, or if one animal is saved from being relinquished to a shelter, abused or worse... she will have succeeded in her purpose for writing this book.
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REVIEWS OF “RICOCHET”
Victoria Stilwell, author of Train Your Dog Positively: "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."
Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian:" "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."
Robin R. Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO, American Humane Association: "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!"
Marc Bekoff, author of Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: "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."
Allen and Linda Anderson, founders of Angel Animals Network and authors of Animals & the Kids Who Love Them: "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!"
W. Bruce Cameron, author, A Dog's Purpose: "Ricochet will bound right into your heart. Her story inspires us all to find our purpose!"
Susan Sims, publisher, FIDO Friendly magazine: "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."