Elise Lufkin has been involved with dogs all her life. For many years she has worked with various animal shelters, socializing dogs to make them better candidates for adoption. She and her dog Posy are active in a Pet Partners program and regularly visit people in a nearby nursing home. Lufkin also organized and continues to promote a humane education program for local elementary schools. Elise was one of the founders of the Great American Mutt Show, a colorful annual event which originated in New York City and has since spread to other areas as well. She lives in the mountains of central Idaho.