Alison Dodds grew up in the metro west area of Boston, MA. She was a dog and horse lover from a very young age. Her love of horses took off when her parents finally let her take riding lessons at the age of 4 years old. Growing up, Alison showed in the hunter and equitation rings and also enjoyed fox hunting and hunter paces. During high school Alison was a member of the Varsity Lacrosse Team and captained her team to a division title her senior year at Weston High.
While attending Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia she continued to train and compete show jumpers. After graduating, Alison accepted a position with the American Horse Show Association (AHSA), then located in New York City. While at the AHSA, Alison was a member of the Hunter Department and International Department where she issued and approved passports for horses competing at the international level. It was in 1999 when Alison had the opportunity to dedicate her life fully to competing her horses in the Amateur-Owner Jumpers across the East Coast. What Alison enjoyed the most was forging partnerships with each of her horses as she not only rode them but also managed their daily care and training as they traveled the east coast from Florida to New England, with a home base in New Jersey.
After marrying her college love in 2001, she and husband, George moved back to the Boston area to be closer to family. Horses took a backseat to a career at Fidelity Investments as a Customer Service Specialist. In 2o05, they moved to the Quiet Corner of Connecticut, and soon after they welcomed their first child. Alison decided to leave Fidelity to focus on being a mom and became active in fundraising and volunteering for multiple non-profit organizations.
As a member of the 2011 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC), Alison personally raised over $10k for DFMC and completed The Boston Marathon! Click here to listen to her story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgRzyZoEXQ8
So you may wonder how did Alison end up at QK? She learned about QK from a friend when searching for a training and boarding program for her young black Labrador named Rosey. It was here that she realized this is what she wants to do. So, she has taken her horse skills and knowledge and transferred it over to working with dogs. Her goal is to work with families and educated them on how to build a positive and purposeful relationship with their beloved canine.