Surf dog spends New Year's Eve helping Wounded Warriors, special needs kids

Special moment for military family

SAN DIEGO - A surfing dog named Ricochet spent the last day of the year in the water with Wounded Warriors and special needs children.

Ricochet may act like a typical golden retriever. But what dog do you know helps with surf lessons?

Gina Gill, 9, was diagnosed with autism. Her parents say she has since developed a love for the water and animals.

At a surfing camp, she met Ricochet, who was originally trained to be a service dog but convinced her owner that is not all she wanted to do.

Now, Richochet leads tandem surf lessons with friends on board.

But Tuesday morning was different. For the first time, Gina's father Bradley, a retired Marine, got to see her in action after having been in Afghanistan for the past 11 months. It was a moment that brought a tear to his eye.

Richochet's owner Judy Fridono says that special moment was worth every second.

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