More About the Author
Born in Dallas, Texas, too long ago to mention, Stephanie Smith got her first dog, a toy Poodle, at the age of four. With the exception of seven months in California as a baby, and three years in Florida as a preteen, she has lived all her life in Texas, usually near Dallas. Stephanie received a B.S. in psychology from Texas Christian University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station. While at A&M, she became involved in obedience adopting a very young, very poorly socialized Labrador/Cocker Spaniel mix from the local shelter. Bear taught her a great deal about dog training, and to never stick a finger in the mouth of a dog while trying to get him to swallow an antibiotic he didn't want. After a couple of years, Stephanie got a Joyce Morgan miniature Poodle and started to show in AKC Obedience. Not content with that, Pointers and hunt tests came next. A dozen years and many, many Pointers later, health forced the end of both activities, as well as rescuing Pointers from shelters. Currently, Stephanie has an Australian Cattle Dog, Sandy. Sandy is chief greeter for the household.
Stephanie began gardening as soon as she could stick an onion start in the ground. Her father taught her to grow things to eat, and that is what she specializes in. Now a master gardener, she lives in North Eastern Texas on 14 acres.
Stephanie was first published by a national magazine in Dog Fancy in 1990. She has publications in several dog magazines such as Dog Gone, Good Dog!, and Pointing Dog Journal. Gardening articles have appeared in Animal Wellness, 903 Magazine, and the Greenville Herald Banner, among other places. A few publications and many technical papers in psychology round out the periodicals publications for Dr. Smith.
Please visit Stephanie's website and read her blog, view her photographs, and participate in the conversations going on there. Feel free to ask gardening questions or leave a comment on one of the blog posts.