Dog training and daycare continues after death of ‘taranto dog whisperer’ Bruce Ringer

Bruce D. Ringer’s love for dogs and his wife was overt and unsurprisingly intertwined.

Longtime legendary dog ​​trainer Ringer, 63, of Taranto, died of colon cancer on December 20.

He has been a dog trainer for over 35 years and opened the first dog daycare center in Allegheny County. Ringer was the first nationally certified professional dog trainer, according to his family, and the first certified “dog nose job” instructor in western Pennsylvania.

He was involved in the search at the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville after the September 11 attacks.

“We met over a German Shepherd puppy,” said Kim Ringer, his 37-year-old wife.

It was in 1977 that the couple met at the corner of Morgan Street and Ninth Avenue in Brackenridge when Bruce was out with his puppy.

“Is it a sheepdog?” Kim knowingly asked Bruce.

“Do you know that’s a sheepdog?” he said.

The couple never stopped talking and loving dogs.

“We always had one – if not 10 – shepherds at a time,” she said. “Dogs are our children.”

An Army veteran, Ringer was a certified welder and sheet metal worker.

But the couple opened Ringer’s Pet Dog Training in Taranto in 1996, then a second location in Harrison’s Natrona Heights.

“He was a caring soul who loved dogs, and we had to do what we loved,” Ringer said.

“It’s a 24/7 job,” said Ringer, who is also a certified dog trainer. She plans to continue classes and dog daycare.

An outpouring of grief came in the hundreds of internet posts, as nearly 500 people sent their condolences Thursday afternoon to the Ringers Dog Pet Training Facebook page. A local customer wrote: “Bruce was a wonderful man. We have always considered him the “dog whisperer of Taranto”. ”

Ringer graduated in 1975 from Highlands High School. He is survived by his wife, Kim; his four dogs and many care dogs who were like family; his mother, Dorothy Ringer; sister, Barbara Cranfill, of Lakeland, Florida; brother, Andrew Brian Ringer, of Anchorage, Alaska; nine nieces and nephews, and nine great-nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Bruce Ringer’s wishes, there will be no public viewing. Robert Peters Funeral Home in Harrison is making arrangements. Condolences can be submitted online at Peters Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions for Bruce’s medical expenses can be mailed to Kim Ringer, 3041 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065, or via Ringer’s Pet Dog Training Facebook page.

Kim Ringer created a post on Facebook and GoFundMe account seeking $20,000 in donations to pay her husband’s medical bills. By Thursday afternoon, nearly $7,000 had been raised.

Mary Ann Thomas is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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