Superpower Surf Therapy Dogs

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Chris Cantore
Written by Chris Cantore

Superpower Dogs, an inspiring true story of extraordinary dogs and their life-saving superpowers, opened March 15th at IMAX, giant screen and digital cinemas in museums, science centers and other cultural institutions worldwide.

One of five featured dogs in the movie is San Diego’s beloved surf dog Ricochet, a registered and certified goal-directed therapy dog. The other four pooches include Henry, an avalanche rescue dog, Reef, a water rescue dog, Halo, a search and rescue dog and Tipper/Tony who sniff out poachers in South Africa. All these dogs rescue individuals in physical trauma, Ricochet, on the other paw, rescues people from emotional trauma, such as PTSD.

The film, narrated by Chris Evans, takes you on an epic journey around the globe, introducing you to these remarkable dogs. Ricochet’s sequence focuses on her ability to enrich the well-being of veterans with PTSD and children with special needs through the healing power of the ocean, combined with the healing power of a dog. 10 years ago, Ricochet jumped on the board of Patrick Ivison, a 14 year old boy who is quadriplegic (he makes a cameo in the film.)  Since then, she has surfed with hundreds of kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD.

Ricochet’s emotional healing is told through the experiences of her co-stars, Staff Sergeant Persons B. Griffith IV Ret (Griff), a Marine combat veteran with PTSD, and Jodi Powell, the mother of seven year old Logan who has sensory processing disorder.

“I just hope Ricochet’s sequence will be the catalyst that gives hope to veterans with PTSD who are suffering in silence or contemplating suicide, as well as anyone else who is faced with emotional, physical or cognitive challenges”, said Fridono.

Fridono believes all dogs have these healing powers, and all dogs have superpowers. After watching this film, you’ll learn even more about the bond you have with your own superpower dog.

See Superpower Dogs NOW inside the iconic Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego.

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Chris Cantore

Chris Cantore

Morning Radio Guy turned Digital Media Dude.
Host of The Cantore Show podcast.
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