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Abbie the rescue dog is now a surfing star. (Mike Blake photo) ( MIKE BLAKE )

By Linda Goldston for MercuryNews.com

The Australian Kelpie mix wasn’t a dream dog when Michael Uy adopted her from Humane Society Silicon Valley two years ago.

She was afraid of men, shadows, squirrels and loud noises, and she refused to walk in front of a doorway if the room was dark.

Uy patiently worked with Abbie to overcome those fears.

Today, 4-year-old Abbie is not only fearless — she’s become a surfing star. Known as “Outback Abbie” in the canine competitive surfing world and along the beaches in San Diego, where Uy and Abbie now live, she is a natural on a board.

She has also since learned how to paraglide, snowboard and herd and will be a featured guest at Humane Society Silicon Valley’s second annual Summer

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