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Soldier credits dog for life
Surf Dog Ricochet, the SURFice Dog is an internationally renowned, award-winning surf dog who is the only dog in the world that surfs with special needs kids and people with disabilities. She is also a registered and certified therapy dog who is pawing it forward while raising awareness. In addition she has raised over $300,000 for more than 150 causes.
Usually known as a lifeline to people with disabilities, she has recently been credited with saving the life of retired Staff Sergeant Randall Dexter who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Randy and Ricochet met through Paws’itive Team’s Canine Inspired Community Re-integration (CICR) program. A program that helps service members that suffer with PTSD through canine therapy. The dogs accompany the service members to places that may cause them anxiety. The program also gives them an idea of what it would be like to have a service dog of their own.
On April 5, 2005, while on tour in Iraq as an army medic, Randy’s squad was hit with a large improvised explosive device (IED) and he suffered a traumatic brain injury.
In April of 2009, Randy was diagnosed with PTSD and although he was active in many different therapies, he still had a hard time functioning in regular day-to-day activities. He couldn’t find anything that would help stop the substance abuse, rage, nightmares, panic attacks, and feelings of hopelessness.
When Randy first met Ricochet he was a lost soul, but the two bonded immediately. With her, he felt alive for the first time in years. She would sense subtle changes in his body, detect his pain, anxiety, panic attacks and other symptoms, even before Randy knew they were happening. Through Ricochet, he found a strength he didn’t have for so long and because of her, he no longer needed medication, drugs or alcohol and his suicidal thoughts subsided.
Ricochet was his second set of eyes when they went to places like Walmart. She would stop him from going down aisles that had a lot of people because she intuitively knew it would cause him more anxiety. Ricochet could position herself to be a barrier between him and other people, as well as seeing what is happening behind his back.
Ricochet raised $10,000 to help fund a service dog for Randy which he should be getting in several months and until then Ricochet will continue assisting him.
After the CICR program was over, Ricochet and Randy created the PTSD Battle Buddy Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness of PTSD and it’s symptoms and to provide support to veterans and their families. The pair are also committed to helping veterans get their own service dogs. http://www.surfdogricochet.com/ptsd-battle-buddies.html
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Horse and dog
This is a great video of a horse and dog playing together. Lucy a very special 2 year old mixed Portuguese Water Dog and Whiskey Brown getting frisky in the back pasture. The horse is one of a kind, 4 year old Quarter Horse stallion. These two animals were raised together with unconditional love and kindness. Whiskey Brown and Lucy are quite a pair to watch.