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Starring Surf Dog Ricochet
Ricochet’s sequence showcases her canine-assisted surf therapy, paws-on healing, and how she balances boards… and lives! It focuses on her ability to empower and enrich the well-being of veterans with PTSD and children with special needs through the healing power of the ocean, and the healing power of a dog.
Ricochet’s emotional healing is told through the experiences of her co-stars, Staff Sergeant Persons B. Griffith IV Ret (Griff), a Marine combat veteran with PTSD, and Jodi Powell, the mother of seven year old Logan who has sensory processing disorder.
Griff was paired one-on-one with a Logan for a day of canine-assisted surf therapy and emotional healing. It has been found that being of service to another individual provides a sense of self-worth. To that end, Griff gains new purpose by mentoring and encouraging Logan to overcome his fears of the ocean by surfing with Ricochet. Logan also benefits by gaining his own personal military hero, and he becomes more confident, social and of course, empowered!
As Griff and Logan interact, it becomes clear how much more alike they are than different. This young boy and this marine… held hostage by their inner turmoil. They both battle an invisible challenge, but surf therapy empowers them both.
Ricochet, a registered and certified goal-directed therapy dog who works with kids with special needs and veterans with PTSD. She is also on Team USA Adaptive surf team. She became the first-ever canine-assisted surf therapy dog in 2009 when she jumped on the surfboard of a boy who is quadriplegic. She is one of five dogs in the film. The other four include Henry, an avalanche rescue dog, Reef, a water rescue dog, Halo, a search and rescue dog and Tipper/Tony who sniff out poachers in South Africa. All these dogs rescue individuals in physical trauma. Ricochet, on the other paw, rescues people from emotional trauma, such as PTSD.
Surf Dog Ricochet is one of the cast members of the IMAX film, Superpower Dogs! Her segment was filmed in April of 2018. The film premieres March of 2019.
From the Superpower Dogs website...
Dogs have been saving and helping humans for tens of thousands of years, but their heroic achievements and remarkable abilities are little known.
Specially designed giant screen 3D cameras and visceral computer graphics will allow audiences to experience the world as never before: through the eyes, ears and nose of a dog. We will discover the origins of dogs' superpowers and how we humans are harnessing these powers to heal, inspire and save lives.
Superpower Dogs will thrill and amaze the whole family, and celebrate the extraordinary bond between us and our dogs. We will never look at our best friends in the same way again!
Superpower Dogs is the remarkable true story of a Dutch Shepherd puppy called Halo and her remarkable journey to join one of the most elite search and rescue teams in the United States, and save human lives.
Halo and her devoted teammate, Fire Captain ‘Cat’ Labrada, embark on a two year adventure to become an Urban Search and Rescue K9 Response team with Florida Task Force 1, a Rapid Reaction Force set up to respond to catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist attacks.