Man Crush Monday: K-9 Warrior Trainer, Mike Ritland

June 4, 2018


I have a SUPER man crush on this guy and here is why:


He is ALL IN:  Mike valiantly served our country for 12 years as a US Navy SEAL, including Operation IRAQI Freedom and numerous special operations missions


What about you?  Are you ALL IN?  I mean at work, at home, at the organizations you belong to?  What does ALL IN look like?  Figure it out and go for it


He identified his new purpose and went after it:  After hearing the account of a marine mission having their lives saved by an explosive-detector dog alerting them to a grenade booby trap hidden in a doorway – Mike instantly knew he wanted to work with dogs to defeat the tools of modern warfare.  Due to that inspiration, Ritland became a Navy SEAL canine trainer


What about you? Are you open to identifying your  next new purpose and going after it?  Nothing happens by accident.  People, events, emotions and serendipity happen every day but you need to be in the present, aware of what is going on to see opportunity and the message


He transitioned into a successful 2nd act: After his Navy SEAL service, Mike started Triko International, a business that specializes in providing working K9s to a multitude of clients. He now has over 15 years’ experience importing, breeding, raising, and training working dogs.  Triko also offers an excellent on-line dog training program I highly recommend


What about you?  This BLOG of mine is dedicated to your ENCORE – creating your optimum second act.  The choice is yours as to what that looks like, do not take it lightly


Lastly, Mike Ritland gives back:  He founded the Warrior Dog Foundation, dedicated to serving working military K9s, the special operations community and their families. With the Foundation’s state of the art kennel facility, these dogs are given the  opportunity to live out the rest of their lives with the dignity and grace they deserve


What about you?  How are you giving back? There are multitudes of volunteer opportunities, excellent causes to donate to and like Mike you can start your own non-profitRead this article on legacy for inspiration


Have a great Monday!

xoxo Katherine 

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