Sue Bonness was a remarkable individual who dedicated her life to animals, with an exceptional interest in dogs. Her love of dogs stems from her first companion, a Great Pyrenees, who stole her heart in 1974. She felt a strong desire to share her passion for dog training with others, and in 1985, became the director of a local AKC dog club.

Her learning never stopped, as Sue educated herself on the newest and most effective techniques in canine behavior and dog training. While improving the relationship between dogs and their owners, she achieved numerous personal goals, such as earning over 50 performance titles in multiple venues, including the highly acclaimed AKC Obedience Trial Championship.

Ruffgers was blessed to have Sue as part of our family. With over 40 years of experience, Sue changed the lives and relationships of countless dogs and their respective owners throughout Southwest Florida. When the Ruffgers family looks into the eyes of our four-footed friends, we know part of Sue is looking back at us. Her legacy lives on in Ruffgers continued passion for training dogs and their handlers.

Sue’s memorial is located at our Naples campus. We welcome visitors to stop by any time.