DON RICHARDSON - FORMER GGLRR PRESIDENT
In 1992 Don and Judy
Richardson purchased their first Labrador Retreiver puppy from Marilou
and Alan Garfinkle. About a year later they became aware that GGLRC had
started a rescue group (in 1989) and were in need of volunteers.
Judy volunteered as a phone rep in 1993 and shortly after, Don came on board as a volunteer as well.
In 2001 Don became the 2nd President of GGLRR following the departure of
Joe Jacques. By this time Don had established good working
relationships with all of the humane societies and shelters in the Bay
Area, giving them the promise that Lab Rescue would take
any purebred lab that came into their shelter, and facilitate matches
between the dogs and prospective owners.
In the years that followed, GGLRR grew to become a well organized group
of volunteers effective in matching labs in need of a loving home with
families in search of a rescue lab to call their own.
Don retired from Lab Rescue in 2009. He will never forget the wonderful
group of people he worked with over the years, and most importantly the
dogs he had the pleasure of helping along the way.
MIKE MURRAY - CORPORATE PARTNER - SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE
Born and raised in Southern California, I have been a Bay Area
resident for the past 33 years. I have been an animal lover my entire
life. And I have had German Shepherd dogs most of my adult life. As part
of my involvement with this breed, I visited my first animal shelter in
1993, and was absolutely horrified to see how many animals went into
these shelters and how many did not come out, including many German
That led to myself and two others forming San
Francisco Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue in 1994. The group quickly
grew and split into two groups to cover different geographical areas. I
was the President of the new split off group, German Shepherd Rescue of
Northern California for a number of years, and I am still involved today
with Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue in the East Bay.
involvement with rescue led to Pet Food Express creating a job for me as
their Director of Community Outreach. They wanted someone who knew the
shelter and rescue world and who could direct what resources they had
available, to where the greatest need was. I currently work with over
250 animal rescues and shelters throughout the state of California,
including one of my absolute favorites. Golden Gate Labrador Retriever
BETH PETERSON - CANINE CLARITY DOG BOARDING & TRAINING
Beth Peterson first became interested in dog training while working
through her own challenges with her dog in 2002. Her intense work with
renowned dog trainer Alon Geva brought her important lessons in life and
canine relationships. Alon taught Beth the importance of leadership as
the foundation of her relationship with her dog. Guidance, discipline,
and consistency were key to helping dogs shift into a more peaceful
state of mind.
JANE WEISS - OLIVET KENNEL AND DOG TRAINING RESORT
Utilizing her excellent organizational skills, Jane has helped Olivet Kennel expand its staff to develop and maintain a safe and
efficient environment for your dog’s visit.
While she has been married to Sapir for many years and has had
constant exposure to the dog world, her route to Olivet Kennel was
Initially she worked as a labor relations paralegal for the University of California and at various San Francisco Bay Area law
firms. A decade later she sought a career change, completed her teaching credential and became an elementary school teacher.
When Sapir had the opportunity to establish Olivet Kennel, the plan
was to move to Santa Rosa for "a trial year." With
their two young children in tow, Jane took a hiatus from teaching and
stay-at-home mom. However, the demand for Sapir’s expertise was high
and as Olivet Kennel grew, the office needed support staff.
Jane became involved part time while continuing her community
activities as an advocate for youth, serving on a number of non-profit
boards in Santa Rosa.
Fast forward and the "trial year" happily became close to 30!
Now when Jane isn’t busy making sure everything is running smoothly at Olivet Kennel, you may find her exploring the roads
and trails of rural Sonoma County, hiking or biking.
SAPIR WEISS - OLIVET KENNEL AND DOG TRAINING RESORT
Sapir Weiss has an uncanny ability to understand dogs and their
owners. As a dog behaviorist, he has dedicated his life to the care
and training of dogs.
An innovative educator and an expert in his profession, Sapir has trained thousands of dogs and their owners during his 40-year
career. In 1990, he realized his dream of establishing an ideal dog facility where he could integrate his dog training and dog
behavior philosophies by opening Olivet Kennel and Dog Training Resort in Santa Rosa.
Prior to owning and managing Olivet, Sapir was a partner in a dog training and boarding corporation with numerous San Francisco
Bay Area franchises serving as Training Director for 10 years.
Experienced in all aspects of dog training
Sapir has been engaged in all aspects of protection dog training including Schutzhund and personal protection, and he has a
strong foundation in Guide Dog training methods.
His career actually began as a hobby. In his youth, he bred, raised
and trained Salukis in Israel. During his military service in
the Israel Defense Forces, he developed the first anti-terrorist dog
training unit. When he came to the United States he expanded his
career by training police dogs and their handlers to perform search
and rescue as well as drug and bomb detection.
Sapir developed a highly successful instructional training program
in dog bite prevention for Pacific Gas & Electric, which
drastically reduced dog-related injuries for employees. Over the
years, Sapir has served as a consultant and expert witness in
litigation relating to dog bites and dog behavior. Currently he works
with Sonoma County helping train animal control officers in
methods for safely approaching dangerous or challenging dogs
encountered in the field.
When Sapir isn’t training or working with a client, you might find him tending to his vegetable garden or cruising around
Santa Rosa in his 1954 pink Cadillac.
DAWNA CALDWELL- HAPPY TAILS TO YOU DOG TRAINING
Caldwell founded Happy Tails to You Dog Training twenty-one years ago.
Dawna studied veterinary science at UC Davis until she realized that the
field of animal
behavior was her true calling. Since then she has worked with thousands
of dogs to help them become ambassadors of good behavior. Fourteen years
ago she founded Canine Corral Dog Daycare and Overnight Care, which has
proven to be a truly valuable symbiotic
component to her dog training by way of promoting proper socialization.
TIFFANIE BROWN - K9 COUNTRY CLUB & KITTY SPA