Jeffrey G. Pepper, of Salinas, California, has been in the sport since 1973. Under the Pepperhill banner, Mr. Pepper has bred or co-bred more than sixty Golden Retriever champions, including national-specialty and all-breed Best in Show winners. He has also bred or co-bred more than fifty champion Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeéns, including the top-winning PBGV of all time.
Mr. Pepper is approved to judge all sporting breeds, eight hound breeds, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. He has judged on five
continents and will work the 2006 club championship show for the PBGV club of Great Britain. In the United States and Canada, he has been a national-specialty judge for several sporting breeds.
Mr. Pepper is president of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeén Club of America and the Dog Judges Association of America. A prolific writer, Mr. Pepper is the author of The Golden Retriever and is the breed’s AKC Gazette Columnist. A retired social worker, he is working on a new Golden Retriever book.
Jeffrey G. Pepper began his involvement with pure-bred dogs in 1969 with the purchase of a Golden Retriever as a pet. He has been involved with dogs and dog shows ever since. He is the breeder or co-breeder of more than 60 AKC Golden Retriever Champions and more than 50 Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen champions. Past President of the Dog Judges’ Association of America, he was also Vice President of the Golden Retriever Club of America and President of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America and the Palm Beach County Dog Fanciers Association. He is approved by the American Kennel Club to judge all Sporting and all Hound breeds and Groups, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Best in Show, he has judged in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, South America, Europe and Great Britain. He is the author of four books on dogs as well as a contributor to several dog related magazines. He lives in Florida with his 2 Cavaliers and a Whippet.
Dr Carol Beuchat is a vertebrate biologist with broad expertise and research experience that encompasses physiology, ecology, behavior, and evolution of every vertebrate group except fishes (mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians). She has over 30 years of experience working in both the field and the laboratory, asking questions about the interactions of animals with their environment and the mechanisms they use to cope with particular physiological challenges.
Her background in comparative biology and an interest in the biology of dogs motivated the formation of the Institute of Canine Biology as a means of bringing scientists studying various aspects of canine biology together with the dog breeders and owners who have vast collective experience and knowledge of dogs.
The increasing number of genetic disorders in dogs are a huge concern for breeders, who lack the tools and resources to address these problems. At the same time, there is a revolution in genetic research fueled by the discovery of the dog as a model animal in which to study genetic disease in humans. The possibilities for fruitful interaction between the scientists and the dog breeders and owners are potentially endless.
Carol sits on the Board of the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project, and she is a member of the Species Survival Commission of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She has an English Springer Spaniel from Finland named Finn.
As a litigator and counselor, Lisa Curry represents dog breeders, owners and handlers in contract and ownership disputes (including those in litigation), preparation and review of contracts, and various AKC compliance issues. Lisa has first-hand experience with the dog world, having raised and shown West Highland White Terriers for a number of years. Her interest in dog law grew out of her interest in conformation showing. Lisa’s articles have been published in the AKC Gazette as well as several breed club magazines.
Lisa Curry’s practice also includes general civil litigation, particularly employment law. She handles both defense-side and plaintiff’s side cases, and has won many settlements for her clients, using her keen negotiating skills and her broad knowledge of employment law. Lisa has published numerous articles and is a frequent public speaker on employee rights, discrimination and sexual harassment.
Lisa Curry is originally from Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts and she earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she served as Harassment Advisor for the Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Paul K. Allison in the Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster, PA. Lisa is admitted to practice in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state courts as well as the Federal District Court of New Jersey. She is a member of the West Highland White Terrier Club of America and is the treasurer of the West Highland White Terrier Club of Northern New Jersey. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers of America-New Jersey chapter, the American and New Jersey Bar Associations, the Bergen County Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.