Wranglers

Ruffin’ Wranglers has the best Wranglers this side of the Mississippi!

Our Wranglers go through months of training before they are on their own. As you can imagine, navigating the logistics of the neighborhoods, houses and doggie details takes some time to learn. The Wranglers function as a well trained team and we feel it a privilege to be able to share our days with the Ruffin’ Wrangler Dogs!

Blythe Penna, Owner

My name is Blythe Penna and I am very proud to say that I am the owner of Ruffin’ Wranglers Dog Excursions. I grew up in South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Psychology in 1991 & went in to Medical Device Sales in 1992. I spent 14 incredible years in Medical Devices. I was fortunate to build a very successful career with Horizon Medical Products, good ol’ HMP, in vascular access devices. I then went on to work for RITA, a Radiofrequency Ablation Company and finally Haemonetics. I was in sales, sales management, marketing, product design & development, product launching & sales training. I did it all and moved 7 times for those companies. Then there was “The Roma”! This story all began when Roma, my Vizsla, came into my life in 2006. Simple. I fell in love. I decided in those first months that I could not get on a plane and leave her on a weekly basis. Roma also required a ton of exercise; so starting my own excursion company with her friends built in was a perfect solution! I decided that I would be able to deliver a dog excursion experience that would allow dogs to run free and get the exercise and socialization they craved. I knew I would do everything within my power to have a service that surpassed the parent’s expectations. Roma passed in February of 2018. It was the most difficult loss I have ever gone through. I miss her every day, but the gifts she gave me are still around me daily. She was by my side as I built Ruffin’ Wranglers and I know we will continue to bring so much joy to dogs for years to come. Her legacy lives on. I could not live without the love of a dog, so I have brought another Vizsla into my life. Her name is “Clara I Do Declare” & she is the most brilliant, sweetest baby you have ever seen! She fills my heart daily. I love the potential in all things animals, humans & business. I am passionate about working hard, building teams & creating something that makes a difference in dog’s & their human’s lives. I know that most dog people can understand the sheer joy we get when a dog comes undone as Ruffin’ Wranglers pulls up in the SNIFF Mobile! It is the best! We love bringing joy to our dogs and of course feeling that same heartfelt joy is a pretty nice reward. Ruffin’ Wranglers has been in business since October of 2007 & we plan to keep running hard! We love what we do and it shows! We look forward to decades of wrangling! Love-Aunt B

Austin Wright, Operations Manager

Austin became a wrangler in 2012. He loves seeing the excitement on the dog’s faces and making a difference in their lives! Austin has an Italian Greyhound named Noodle and a Schnauzer mix named Arlo. Before wrangling, Austin owned a video game store, worked as a security supervisor, and was an accuracy control manager for the UK Census.

Liz Thibault, Social Media Specialist

Liz became a wrangler in 2017, along with her Paperanian sidekick, Milo! She has a background in Art & Cosmetology and a love of gardening, crafts, and playing with pups! Liz creates social media posts for Ruffin’ Wranglers and is also part of the meet and greet team.

Krystal Durning, Ranch Supervisor

Krystal became a wrangler in 2017. She grew up loving animals and is thrilled to be able to spend her work day with the pups! Krystal has a four-year-old cattle dog/border collie mix, Toby. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA in Communications in 2014. Before becoming a Wrangler, Krystal worked within the non-profit and health care industries. She enjoys reading, yoga, plant-based cooking, singing, and spending time with Toby. Krystal is part of our meet and greet team.

Michelle Yates, Wrangler

Michelle became a wrangler in 2018.  She left retail to chase her lifelong dreams of working with animals.  She has a 10 year old rescue chihuahua, Fiona Applehead. Michelle loves listening to 50s and 60s classics, all things vintage, and crafting in her spare time. Since moving to Tiverton, she has found a new love of connecting with nature and the beach. Michelle is part of our meet and greet team.

Matt Carlson, Fleet Manager

Matt became a wrangler in 2018. He has owned and cared for all species of animals from reptiles to dogs and a few things in-between! Matt was an automotive technician for over 10 years & works weekends as an account auditor for the Castle Hill Inn. Matt also grooms horses in the spring & summer. He was thrilled to discover an opening at Ruffin’ Wranglers where he can work in a field he loves, literally, in a field with dogs!

Renee Langevin, Supplies Manager

Renee became a wrangler in 2019. She is from Attleboro, MA. where she lives with her two “chickens” which are actually her two Coton De Tulears. She has had experience with a variety of animals and volunteering every week at a local animal shelter.  Renee is part of our meet and greet team.

Courtney Coughlin, Wrangler

Courtney became a wrangler in 2020. A longtime and passionate bartender with hopes of one day working with animals. Ruffin Wranglers turned that hope into a reality! Although she loves all animals, dogs are closest to her heart as she has a furbaby of her own, Kobi. When she’s not Wrangling, you can find her practicing yoga, hiking and running with her pup, or on a river in her kayak. Originally from Brockton, MA she has lived in various states along the way but has called Rhode Island her home for 7 years.

Angela Mills, Wrangler

Angela became a wrangler in 2021. She previously worked training and evaluating dogs and their behavior. When she’s not wrangling you can find Angela with her family, enjoying the sunshine!

Kat Rubio, Wrangler

Kat became a wrangler in 2021.  She moved from Guam to Massachusetts in 2010 to attend grad school at Lesley University.   Her previous experience was in the fields of mental health, physical fitness training, and behavioral psychology. She feels blessed to be working with a pack of amazing pooches all day! Kat has two sons. 4 year old human, Shane and 8 month old Shepsky mix, Loki. When not wrangling, you can find her spending time outside with her husband and kids, creating multimedia pieces of art, or practicing yoga.

Durand Guzman, Wrangler

Durand became a wrangler in 2021 and is a life long Rhode Islander & was raised with all kinds of furry, feathered and scaly friends at home. He joins us from the customer service field. When he wasn’t assisting humans, Durand was providing day/overnight care for the pets of friends, family and neighbors. This experience was fulfilling and sparked a dream of working with animals. Now at Ruffin’ he has the opportunity to work his dream job. Durand enjoys being in nature and spending time with his American shorthair cat, Duke.

Dan Garganese, Wrangler

Wrangler bio coming soon!

Elisabeth Kiff, Wrangler

Elisabeth became a Wrangler in 2021. After finishing a Bachelors in astronomy, she realized she wanted to work with animals. She found a love of dog training, which she still plans to pursue. Ruffin’ Wranglers gives her the best of both worlds. Helping the more unsure pups in her care gain confidence at the ranch, and learning more about dog behavior and training.