Lisa Weiss (left) has owned Labradors since the early 1960s, when her family acquired their first dogs from Ann Carpenter of Logeros Kennels. As a youngster, Lisa exhibited in both breed and Junior Showmanship. Her undying interest in Labradors gradually led her to a career as a judge, an author, and the breeder of approximately 30 champions under her Lobuff prefix. She and her dad, Col. Jerry H. Weiss, are one of only a few father-daughter judging teams. She considers judging Labradors in Finland and at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1998 her greatest honors as a judge. Lisa has worked in several capacities for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Special Education. She has three young children, who are all dog lovers. She expects at least one to follow the Weiss family tradition and carry on the Lobuff name!
Emily Biegel came to Labradors much later in life. After showing and breeding Dalmatians for several years, she went to work at the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in 1977 and promptly fell in love with Labs. Although her kennel name, Toll House, reflects her first breed, Labradors are her only breed now. For 16 years, Emily directed the breeding program at the Foundation, producing hundreds of successful guide dogs, as well as show champions and specialty winners. She also found her husband, John, and her dear friend, Lisa, at the Foundation! Emily and her dogs have competed successfully in hunting retriever tests, obedience trials and agility, giving emphasis to the versatility and all-around abilities of the Labrador. Two Maine Coon Cats (who think they are really Labradors) also share the Biegel home.