Nikon D80, 42mm, 1/500 sec at f/4.8, ISO 800

I don’t usually shoot photos with people or animals. But I just love this picture. I volunteer for Puppies Behind Bars, which trains drug and bomb detection dogs and psychological service dogs for veterans with PTSD. The amazing part of this program is that the dogs are trained and raised in prison. Dogs are matched with a prisoner who raises them for 12-18 months As a result of the hands-on training, these dogs are very well behaved, trusting and very sweet. On weekends, volunteers, like me, socialize the dogs by taking them around the city. They have service jackets, so they can go places other dogs can’t, like museum, buses and stores. Annabel, the dog in the picture is a 6 month old black lab. The volunteer and the pup were walking around the Time Warner Center and Annabel is curious, but reserved. This photo captures how focused the volunteer and Annabel are on each other. I love this picture because it shows the bond between the pup and the volunteer.

I hope you like the picture as much as I do. Please leave me comments and/or questions.

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