About Me and K9 Rustic Ranch
I have lived in San Diego most of my life and have always had a way with animals, especially dogs. The first dog I called my own was my beautiful rottweiler named Bonnie. We were always together, until, like most dogs do, they end up with their parents while you head off to college. Graduating high school 2 years early, I started a career in Computer Drafting and was quickly hired by a large company in San Diego. After working behind a desk for 2 years, I found that I really wasn’t the office type of person. While searching for jobs in the paper, I came across a dog training company that was looking for some help. I started working for this company in the year 2000. I started off as basic kennel help, cleaning kennels, bathing dogs, etc. After a year I started to do the driving for the company which meant picking up and dropping off dogs. I advanced very quickly in the company and soon started taking sales calls, booking appointments, doing in home evaluations for people interested in getting their dogs trained, and handling many dogs with serious behavior problems.
It was during this time I was introduced to Tom Riche. He was a very well known dog trainer all over the country, known for his work with the WABA (Working American Bulldog Association) and his phenomenal decoy work in schutzhund. He had a way with dogs and people that was amazing to say the least. Tom started helping out with training for the company I worked for and I immediately was overcome with admiration and love. He taught me so much more about dogs. He showed me how to be fair to them, make them listen without saying a word and taught me that a dogs behavior is a reflection of yourself: this meaning your dog will reflect your energy be it good or bad.
Tom and I married and had two wonderful children, our son Kyler and daughter Taylor. He became the head dog trainer at the company and I managed it. In 2008 the company decided to move to a new location and I was then given the opportunity to start my own dog boarding business in the existing location, which is now K9 Rustic Ranch. Tom helped get the training going at the new location while I slowly started to build the Ranch. In June of 2010, Tom had planned on leaving the company to build our dream of running the business together.
On December 10, 2009, Tom passed suddenly while doing what he loved, training dogs. He never got to see what an amazing place the Ranch has become for dogs and their owners, but he is the foundation and spirit of the Ranch and we strive everyday to make him proud. I love what I do and love that we have made such a relaxed, fun, safe place to have your dog while you are away.
Please call or email to take a tour and meet us!
– Kristi Riche