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Dog Rescue Stories: Cherie Raises Money for Rescue Organizations by Competing in Surfing Competitions!

 By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
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My name is Cherie and I’m a surfing French Bulldog from Newport Beach, California!
I was born on September 20, 2011 somewhere in Texas before being surrendered to the French Bulldog Rescue Network because my family didn’t have time for me. My sweet and amazing foster mommy, Miss Linda, brought me to Southern California and FBRN found me a forever home in March 2012 with my mommy Amy, daddy Dan and brother Ace.cherie-1
I’m a special little girl. I’m super happy and I’m fearless. Unlike most Frenchies, I absolutely LOVE the water. The very first time I visited Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, I hit the sand and immediately started playing with the big dogs in the water. I became known for rocking my life jacket at our Frenchie meet-ups at the beach and because of that, a friend suggested that we check out Dog Surfing lessons in Del Mar, California. After the first lesson, I was hooked! I love playing in the water with my daddy and have so much fun with all of my fellow surFURS.
cherie-humans-1My daddy and I spend our summers practicing in the ocean on my pink surfboard. We know that some people think that dog surfing is weird, but my safety is my daddy’s number one priority. I wear a rash guard and a life vest and have friends and family in the water with us at all times. The coolest thing about dog surfing is that it’s been an amazing bonding experience for me and my daddy. We’ve become the bestest friends. The most important thing about dog surfing is to have fun. If we stop having fun, we swim to shore and play on the sand instead.
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I’ve competed in a number of competitions since 2013 and have raised $8,500 for charity along the way. It’s extremely important to me to give back to rescue organizations because if it wasn’t for them, I probably would’ve been sold on Craig’s List. I’ve also had the good fortune of appearing on TV a few times including The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration, Nightline and Good Morning America.  I love to raise awareness for both dog surfing and rescue pups!fbrn-cherie
Follow my surfing adventures on Facebook @CherieHarlequin, Instagram @cheriethesurfdog and on Twitter @surfdogcherie!!

Goodnight everyone! ????????????

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Coming down the face of a wave last summer! I can’t wait to get my board back in the water!!! ????‍♀️

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Practicing my surfboard stance this morning. ????‍♀️ #dogyoga #workingout #stretches #frenchbulldog

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Happy Tongue Out Tuesday! ???????????? #tot #frenchbulldog #beach

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Rockin’ my shark fin for Wet Dog Wednesday!!! ????‍♀️????????

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I got to see my friend JOJO @supercorgi_jojo! He caught some great waves today!!! ????‍♀️????????

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I made it to Del Mar!!! ????‍♀️????☀️

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Taking in some ocean air and soaking up sun rays. I’m getting ready for my last surfing competition of year! ????☀️????

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My happy place is on my surfboard and catching waves! ????????‍♀️☀️????

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