George was a 2 year old unwanted Newfoundland dog, who had been abandoned and could not find a home. Hesitant about his future, George made a new beginning when Colin Campbell adopted him. Campbell, a marketing executive from Canada, was going through a divorce. He adopted George in search of company and some inspiration – and boy did he find it.
The pair relocated to Los Angeles, California, and that’s where George started experimenting with surfing. Nine months later at the 2009 Dog Surfing Championship George won the “People’s Choice Award” for being the most popular dog at the event. The pair continue to thrive together. George is now an older dog and still enjoys the water but doesn’t surf as much as he used to.
In Campbell’s book “Free Days with George“, he encompasses their relationship and how George has changed Campbell’s life. He discusses the importance of rescuing dogs and valuing our free days:
“Free days can be different things to different people, but it is important to recognize when they happen. Life is busy and stressful for all of us and free days are not always easy to find. Cherish and celebrate them when you do find them with your family, friends or… with a very large dog.”