dog on a surf boardBy Jenna McCarthy
Five years ago, at 49, Judy Fridono was doing what she felt she was born to do: train service dogs to help people with disabilities live independent lives. Photo by: Diane Edmonds
But as her first class of 10 golden retriever puppies neared 16 weeks of age, one of them, Ricochet, began to lose interest. "I struggled to get her back on track," Judy recalls. "I was frustrated because, from the very start, Ricochet had shown huge potential," she says. "She was brilliant. By 8 weeks she was turning on lights, opening doors and retrieving things"-skills that many service dogs don't learn until 14 months. "I knew she wasn't a typical dog. She had a certain presence, and a knack for this kind of work." The problem was, Ricochet just couldn't focus, and Judy didn't know how to help her.
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