BRADENTON — "Pappy ... Pappy ... "
Will Thomas was ready for the team photo with Jazz and Tai Chi, the Australian shepherds, and Freedom, a Great Pyrenees.
But Pappy the Papillon was off heeding nature's call.
Even Thomas, the "Tampa Bay Dog Whisperer," must wait for one of his four dogs once in awhile and that's OK.
"Let the dog be a dog," he said.
It's a simple statement, yet provides insight into how the former Los Angeles business owner makes his livelihood nowadays.
What is a dog whisperer?
"He is more of a behaviorist," said Thomas, 49. "We work with dogs in a natural way. It involves eye movement, body language, energy and gesture.
"When I work with dogs it's more of a presence, a state of being, high energy that's positive, a leadership type energy and dogs follow that."
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