Surf Dog Ricochet Hosts her Annual Surfin’Santa Paws Howliday Giving Drive To benefit Wounded Warriors and Veterans with PTSD Triple amputee Army veteran & Marine veteran with PTSD are on board too! Click here to watch Ricochet & Jose surf together!
SAN DIEGO, CA, December 16, 2019… When the surf season ends, certified therapy dog, Surf Dog Ricochet trades her life jacket for a Santa jacket & transforms herself into Surfin’ Santa Paws… turning boards into bucks!!
This is Ricochet’s 11th season of Howliday Giving Drives, and this year, Army Veteran, Jose Martinez and Marine staff sergeant Persons B. Griffith IV (Ret) have gotten on board. Jose lost three limbs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and Griff developed PTSD after witnessing the horrors of war from two deployments. Every 65 minutes a veteran takes their life by suicide. That’s 22 lives a day! This campaign is a way to raise funds and awareness for the men and women of the military who make the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for our freedom.
These courageous individuals go through rigorous training to learn how to fight a war, but nobody teaches them how to come home after experiencing battlefield atrocities. Ricochet, Jose and Griff have joined forces to share their experiences to help heal, change and save the lives of their comrades. The trio inspires their brothers and sisters in arms through adaptive surfing, surf therapy and the healing power of dogs.
The donations garnered from this campaign will help Ricochet sponsor wounded warriors like Jose in adaptive surfing, as well as continue her human-animal healing interventions and canine-assisted surf therapy programs for veterans with PTSD like Griff. Please let Ricochet show you how to save a life by sharing this campaign and/or making a tax-deductible donation at http://bit.ly/HowlidayGivingDrive.
You will be helping Jose inspire more wounded warriors with his resilience and astonishing feats. You’ll help Griff shed more light on our military war heroes who are suffering in silence, and you’ll help Ricochet bark about human-animal intervention and the healing power of dogs. You will be changing and saving lives!
Ricochet, Jose & Griff thank you for your support.
About Jose Martinez: … After stepping on an IED the doctors told his unit he wasn’t going to make it. But he woke up from a coma ten days later. His road to recovery wasn’t easy, in fact, odds were against him. He spent 2 years in the hospital after the explosion and was told he would never walk again. Jose is the first triple amputee hip disarticulate that surfs!! Not only that, he surfs competitively in adaptive surfing competitions and has won several medals.
About Persons B. Griffith IV: Griff tried many different therapies to help his PTSD, but none of them worked until he met Ricochet through the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Pawsitive Teams canine therapy dog program. He is now part of Ricochet’s Waves of Empowerment program which pairs veterans and kids with special needs for a day of canine-assisted playing, swimming, surfing and therapy… taking them from the battleground to the playground. This program enables veterans to find new purpose by engaging in community service while mentoring and inspiring future generations.
About Ricochet: … Ricochet is a champion surf dog. But, more importantly, she became the first ever canine-assisted surf therapy and adaptive surfing dog in 2009 when she made a decision to jump on the surfboard of a 14 year old adaptive surfer. Since then, she’s assisted hundreds and hundreds of kids with special needs, people with disabilities and wounded warriors. She’s also a certified goal directed therapy dog that has been providing healing through human-canine intervention to service members and veterans with PTSD for the last eight years. She balances boards… and lives!
Note: For more information, additional photos/videos, please contact Judy Fridono at 707-228-0679, or [email protected]. Learn more about Ricochet, Jose & Griff at https://www.surfdogricochet.com. Follow Ricochet on social media @SurfDogRicochet.