Golden Retriever Raises $10,000 for Veteran Suffering from PTSD

Sharing this media release on behalf of Ricochet and her owner, Judy Fridono:

SURF DOG RICOCHET RAISES $10,000 TO SAVE A DOG & VETERAN WITH PTSD
FOR A PATRIOTIC BREAKFAST TO HONOR VETERANS THIS SUNDAY

SAN DIEGO, CA, November 8, 2013… Surf dog Ricochet raised $10,000 for K9’s for Warriors and will be presenting the check to them this Sunday at 10:00 am at the Bark Business Tour Breakfast at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road, San Diego, California, 92118.

Please join Ricochet and Wendy Diamond, to honor U.S. Veterans who have selflessly defended our nation for a patriotic breakfast and fundraiser.

ricochet
Photo Credit: Judy Fridono

AnimalFair.com’s Bark Business Tour will raise money and awareness for the K9s For Warriors organization-whether it’s a donation of $10 or $100 or more, Wendy and Animal Fair Media vow to keep digging until enough funds are raised to pair 20 returning U.S. Veterans stricken with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) with 20  rescued Service Dogs. The Bark Business Tour will stop in 10 cities, and won’t “roll over” until at least $200,000 is raised. Join us and help us save the life of a vet and a dog.

Diamond contacted Ricochet’s guardian, Judy Fridono asking if Ricochet could fundraise for this cause, and represent San Diego. Since Ricochet has been working with local active duty military with PTSD for several years now, it was a great fit. Ricochet raised the $10,000 within several weeks.

After learning about the alarming suicide rates of veteran’s with PTSD through Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Wendy Diamond made the decision to embark on a journey to help veterans suffering with PTSD and pair them with rescue service dogs. Diamond is committed “Veterans have fought selflessly for our freedom – it’s our time to fight for them.” Diamond is determined to bring the statistic of the veteran suicide rate down and is calling everyone, friends and acquaintances to help her with this mission.

ANNOUNCING – SURF DOG RICOCHET WILL MATCH UP TO $10,000.00  IN ORDER TO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR TWO VETERANS WITH PTSD IN SAN DIEGO TO APPLY TO RECEIVE SERVICE DOGS AND ATTEND THE K9s FOR WARRIORS PROGRAM.

Our tour includes support from Glee’s Jane Lynch, NBC’s Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney, David Eigenberg, and Joe Minosa, Halo, Purely for Pets, co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres(Ellen donated 2000 pounds of dog food to the K9s For Warriors service dogs), Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson, Musicians The Go-Gos, SurfDog Ricochet, Fox’s Raising Hope star Garret Dillahunt, Law and Order’s Danny Pino, Supermodel Tyson Beckford, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton and the most generous of business magnates, Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Ingram Industries’ John Ingram and more…To date just over $200,000 has been raised for K9s For Warriors – 40 lives Saved! 20 dogs – 20 Veterans with PTSD!

In San Diego, we will honor Rob, 33, United States Marine Sergeant who served for 8 years. He graduated K9s For Warriors in February 2012, where he was paired with Bravo, a Labrador.

WHERE:  Loews Coronado Bay
WHEN:   Sunday, November 10, 2013, 10 AM
Press Check-In 9:15 AM
Red Carpet Arrivals 9:45 AM
CONTACT:     Samantha Abernathy
Animal Fair Media
sama@animalfair.com

About Animal Fair/Wendy Diamond
Wendy Diamond is a Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Endangered Animal and Rescue Advocate, World’s Premiere Pet Lifestyle expert, Best Selling Author, and TV Personality. Heralded as the “Martha Stewart of the Milk Bone Dish” by The New Yorker, and crowned the “Canine Queen” by Forbes, she is a pioneer in the pet world. Diamond founded Animal Fair Media in 1999 with a specific mission: to save animals from being euthanized in shelters and promote animal welfare and rescue, pet lifestyle and responsible breeding. Wendy knew she could not just sit and rollover –she reined in the leash and got busy. www.animalfair.com

About K9s for Warriors

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of conflicts and war after 9/11. Our goal is to help our warriors return to civilian life with dignity and independence.  They fought for our tomorrows, we will fight for theirs. The K9s For Warriors rescue dogs from shelters prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.  K9s For Warriors is 100% proven, transparent and successful!  94% of every dollar donated to K9s For Warriors goes directly to the Veterans & service dogs.  Only 6% is used on fundraising and overhead. http://www.k9sforwarriors.org

 About Surf dog Ricochet

Ricochet was slated to be a service dog for a person with a disability, but, due to her interest in chasing prey, she had to be released from that role.  She went from service dog to SURFice dog, and is now raising funds and awareness for human and animal causes.  She inspires people all over the world with her positive energy, and charitable, paw it forwawrd lifestyle.  She has an inspirational video on YouTube that went viral “From Service Dog to SURFice Dog” and has over 4.2 million views.  For more information, visit: http://www.SurfDogRicochet.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet

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