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RIP Haole Boy The Surf Therapy Dog

Surf Therapy dog Haole Boy passed away today.

Haole served as the Ambassa-dog of his community, and the non-profit A Walk On Water, which provides Surf Therapy to children and adults with special needs. He started surfing later in his life (at the age of 5) when he "told" his parents he wanted to surf by climbing on his Dad's surfboard. Haole is a retired surf-dog competitor, whose main focus is sharing his love and comfort of surfing with others.

A Walk On Water posted:

Our beloved AmbassaDog, Haole Boy, left this earth today after a long and brave battle with cancer, but we know that he will live on in all of our hearts forever.

No one who witnessed Haole on a wave could possibly forget that image of grace and athleticism. More than a dog who could surf, Haole was a Surf Therapist in the truest sense of the word. Haole loved to volunteer at AWOW Surf Therapy events with his pawrents John and Kim Murphy. He took his "work" seriously, and we all witnessed him changing the lives of countless children in need.

Haole's immense courage empowered countless AWOW athletes, who found the confidence to paddle out just by seeing him in the lineup. He was a calming and kind force on the beach as well, often turning tears into smiles. He created moments of peace, love, laughter, and joy at every event. He will be missed beyond measure.

Today we all grieve together as a family. We can’t yet set a date for when we might gather to celebrate Haole’s inspirational life because of the pandemic. As soon as the situation permits, though, we will announce memorial plans.

In the meantime we wanted to give our AWOW Family a way to express their feelings. If you'd like to draw a picture or share a short personal handwritten note to capture your memories of Haole, please mail them to us so we may incorporate them into a memory book for Haole’s family.

A Walk On Water
‪526 Victoria Ave
‪Venice, California 90291‬

For now, we take comfort in knowing that Haole is smiling down on us as he catches wave after perfect wave.

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