Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
The 2003 American Kennel Club Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented at the AKC Open House. The recipients were in Conformation: Dr. M. Josephine Deubler, Performance: Kenneth L. Ruff, and Companion Events: Dorothy M. McCauley.
Dr. M. Josephine Deubler was the first female graduate of the University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine, receiving her V.M.D. in 1938. She later
earned an M.S. and Ph.D. and has been a member of the faculty of the Veterinary
School for over 50 years (now Emeritus). For many years she wrote the
"Ask Your Doctor" column in Popular Dogs and continues to write
"Animal Crackers" for her school's publication, Bellwether.
Her career in dogs
started with Dandie Dinmont Terriers. She has served as secretary of the
Dandie Dinmont Club of America and judged their specialty twice. Dr. Deubler
is a three-time winner of the Gaines Fido Award as Dogdom's Woman of the
Year, and in 2002 was the Nature's Recipe 16th Hall of Fame honoree. She
has been show chairman of the Bucks County Kennel Club since 1969, show
chairman for Montgomery County Kennel Club's All-Terrier Show since 1977,
and has served as show chairman for the American Fox Terrier Club.
In addition, Dr. Deubler
has received numerous professional awards. She has been involved with
Animal Rescue League of Philadelphia for many years and presently serves
as its secretary. To honor her longtime devotion to the welfare of companion
animals, the University of Pennsylvania established The Josephine Deubler
Genetic Disease Testing Laboratory.
Dr. Deubler began
judging in 1962 and is approved for the Terrier and Hound groups. She
says the highlight of her judging career was the honor of selecting Best
in Show at the 1998 Westminster Kennel Club show.
Dorothy M. McCauley
began her lifetime love of dogs in 1960 with the enrollment of her smooth-coat
Chihuahua in obedience. Shortly thereafter, she became the obedience instructor
for a local kennel club, instructing Novice, Open and Utility classes,
which she continues to do to this day.
Ms. McCauley was approved
as an AKC obedience judge in 1973, and in 1978 was honored with the Richard
H. D'Ambrisi Award. She has been an AKC Delegate from 1980 to present,
first representing the Santa Maria Kennel Club and now the Sandia Dog
Obedience Club of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition, she has been the
liaison to the Associated Obedience Clubs of Northern California and is
currently an officer of the Southern California Dog Obedience Council.
Ms. McCauley's additional
accomplishments include helping to form the California State Obedience
competition, which she was involved with until 1997, and the Western International
Obedience competition, which brings together teams from western states
Ms. McCauley enjoys
all aspects of judging, including helping exhibitors achieve their performance
goals and mentoring those individuals who aspire to be obedience judges.
Perhaps her greatest pleasure is derived from meeting diverse groups of
people and their dogs.
Kenneth L. Ruff
and his wife, Linda, brought their four boys up in the sport while competing
in the field with Irish Setters, which he began raising in 1971. His first
hunting dog was an Irish Setter that he obtained from The Anti-Cruelty
Society. After obtaining an AKC-registerable dog in 1972, he attended
his first field trial and went on to become a field trial judge in 1975.
Over the years he has owned, bred, trained and handled twenty-two Field
and Amateur Field Champions and fourteen Irish Setter Club of America
(ISCA) National or National Amateur Champions.
An active member of
the ISCA since the mid-1970s, Mr. Ruff first served as chairman of their
National Championship in 1981. Since then he has chaired this event eight
times. He is a past chairman of the ISCA's Field Advisory Committee and
the Field Executive Committee. As an active ISCA board member since 1984,
Mr. Ruff currently serves as the club's first vice-president. He is also
a founding member of the ISCA Foundation and of the Blue Mountain Wildlife
Mr. Ruff is a member
of the AKC Field Advisory Committee and strong supporter of the AKC Field
Program. Mr. Ruff supports current efforts to solidify field trial grounds
through federal and state legislation and is actively pursuing the acquisition
of land through private funding for the benefit of future generations
in the sport.