Surfing Pooch Helps Disabled Catch a Wave

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A young service dog may have found her calling, and it's not on a leash -- it's on a surf board.

Richochet, a 3-year-old golden retriever, failed her training to help the disabled with everyday tasks. But she excels at bringing smiles to disabled surfers in the waves.

"She stabilizes the board," said Sabine Becker, who was born with no arms. "Somehow, she does it so we're not off balance. She is just standing there and just surfs with us."

Richochet began learning to catch a wave as a 8-week-old puppy and is now a pro at boogie boarding.

"I wanted her to make a difference in one life as a service dog," said Judy Fridono, Ricochet's trainer. "And she's touched millions and millions."

Ricochet is currently in the running for the American Humane Association's annual "Hero Dog Award."

Through her Facebook page she has also raised more than $100,000 for charity.

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