Alison Smith’s views and curiosity are informed by 30 years of involvement with companion dogs and their owners.

Owner of Paradox Australian Shepherds, she is a Hall of Fame Kennel breeder of 20+ years, AKC Breeder of Merit, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and owner of a small boarding and daycare kennel, The Grinning Dog, LLC.



4 thoughts on “About

  1. Many thanks to Jay K from Maine for leading me to your page through Facebook. Kudos! I will share your comments far and wide. I straddle that broad but faint, moveable line between the ‘dog fancy’ (isn’t there a more up-to-date term somewhere?) and the ‘pet people’. I joined a training club 40 years ago to learn to manage a wild and exuberant teenage basset hound, ended up showing him in obedience briefly (jump heights limited us back then), which got me to dog shows. What a great place to be! Now I am a trainer, a perennial volunteer, 16 years in SAR, have studied everything dog intensely for the past 22 years. Now comes the hard part – Legislative Liaison for my favorite breed’s parent club, dog federation delegate for my SAR team and OB club. Who would have thought we would be here in the pickle today just for enjoying our dogs. Your blog really hits home for me, and I will be a reader as long as you write.

  2. Thank you for your validating response to my work! I’m really interested in hearing from experienced, long time “in dogs” people ( I agree, the term Fancier is lacking in substance). If I could find a less “loaded” term for “breeders”, I’d love the opportunity to redefine that piece, as well.
    We are in a pickle, but we have a large, energetic contingent that can make a change. I’ll keep writing ( sometimes sporadically) and will look forward to your input.

  3. Alison,
    I’d like to contact you regarding some of your posts/articles for the Basenji Club of America quarterly publication. Please let me know how to reach you. Thanks, Eunice Ockerman

  4. Hi Alison,

    I would love to contact you in regards to dog breeding, I am founder of a great e-project and would like to discuss it with you.

    Thank you!


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