Tom has a passion for animals. He was born into the dog world and grew up in a kennel. Literally. The son of professional dog show handlers, he was born at a show kennel in New Hampshire. At age 7, his family moved to Maryland where his father, George Alston, a renowned professional handler and educator, established Field Stone Kennels. While George showed sporting dogs at shows all over the East Coast, Tom ran around the show grounds when he wasn’t showing dogs himself in Junior Handler competitions. When he got tired, he’d crawl into a dog kennel and go to sleep.
It’s easy to see where Tom developed his love of animals; his family has been part of the dog show world going back to his grandparents. His father’s parents in Virginia bred and showed Boxers. His mother, Patty’s parents bred and showed Springer Spaniels. Patty Lapinsky is a retired AKC judge. His step-mother, Mary Ann Alston, is an AKC All Breed judge.
Tom owned the late Ch. R-Bar’s Woodstock, BH, AD, CGC and ATT—A.K.A. “Woody”, an Australian Cattle Dog. Woody may be unique in that he was one of only a handful of ACD’s to have earned Schutzhund titles (BH, AD) as well as, his Canine Good Citizenship title. Woody and ATT (American Temperament Test) title.
After college, Tom worked in general aviation before joining The Pet Salon and Animailers with wife Mellody in 2000. Tom currently serves as the kennel manager and travel coordinator, and is an expert in pet shipping and logistics.
Tom’s passion for animals developed over a lifetime goes into making sure that every pet—dog or cat, hamster or parrot—arrives at its new home as healthy, safe and sound as it left its old one.