Santa Paws Is Surfing to Town

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    Ricochet the Surfing Dog braved the cold ocean surf Wednesday for a good cause.

    The golden retriever went into the water at about 10 a.m. at -- where else? -- Dog Beach in Del Mar to help throw a spotlight on the second annual Surfin' Santa Paws Toy Drive for Kids and Critters. Ricochet and a canine friend were at the beach, said Judy Firdono, the executive director of Puppy Prodigies, to raise funds for the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Children’s Hospital.

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    Everybody's favorite surfing dog, Ricochet, was at Dog Beach on Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010)

    “She’s collecting toys and donations toward toys – if it’s a donation she’ll go shopping for people at Toys R Us in her little Santa outfit,” Firdono said, adding, “we started out with a little teaser on Black Friday online with her Facebook fans, and she raised almost $1,700. “

    Firdono said Ricochet raised about $3,500 for the event ast year. About 640 or so children got toys.

    Ricochet has a video that was posted to YouTube last November. It’s an inspirational video about her journey, said Firdono: She was supposed to be a service dog for someone with a disability, but she likes to chase birds too much, so she had to make a transition from service dog to surf-ace dog. Now, Ricochet helps out by raising funds and awareness of issues.

    During Ricochet’s fundraising career – about 15 months in all -- more than $55,000 has been donated to different charities.