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Valerie Bruder, Oct. 21, 2014

Valerie Bruder on Dog Photography

Plus, Freeze, Don't Shoot marches to protect pets

October 21, 2014

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Kris Diaz and the ladies of PBLN welcome Valerie Bruder, who discusses her work photographing dogs. Valerie takes pictures of dogs in shelters to increase their chance of adoption and is a member of HeARTs Speak. Valerie is also a 2014 Wallace Award nominee due to the memorable images she's captured to help pit bulls get adopted and to fight BDL. She describes how she become involved in photographing shelter dogs (it took some work to convince shelters that she could help, now she helps 18 organizations) and what it takes to get her great shots (patience, cheese, a squirrel call, and patience). Learn more: Valerie Bruder's pet photography page | Valerie Bruder Photography on Facebook

We also welcome Donna Earley of Freeze, Don't Shoot ("FDS"), an organization hoping to stem the tide of police shootings of pet dogs. According to Ms. Earley, between 2000 and 2007 there were about 100–200 shootings of dogs by police a year nationwide. In 2008, the number jumped up to about 600 and has stayed at 500+ dogs shot by police a year since. Dogs are typically shot by police when they are running loose, during traffic stops, and when police show up to a wrong address. Ms. Earley asserts that FDS is not anti-police and that most shootings of pets can be attributed to lack of communication and knowledge of dog behavior. FDS has organized marches on state capitals across the country on October 25, 2014. Learn more: Freeze, Don't Shoot | Freeze, Don't Shoot on Facebook

In news, we discuss the run-up to the vote on the Aurora, Denver, pit bull ban and the harassment of ColoRADogs advocates. Little Darling fills us in on signing advance copies of her book at the New York Comic Con.

Last, but not least, Yvette Van Veen addresses the concept of a dog "knowing" a command and offers several key suggestions for making sure you are giving your dog consistent, clear commands and a couple of games for proofing your commands. Yvette's suggestions are fabulous and really worth a listen!

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