How to be a dog whisperer in Fresno
When Peter Billingsley is on the phone, his voice is calm and collected.
As he describes his job as “dog whisperers”, it’s easy to hear the confidence in his voice.
“I don’t want people to feel they can’t do their job,” he says.
But the 37-year-old is not only the founder of the Fresno Dog Whisperer, or FWDH, but also the founder and executive director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
He’s one of just 10 members of the country’s largest canine advocacy group, and he’s a frequent target of online hate mail, the most recent of which was this week, when Billingshead’s name was linked to a fake news story claiming that he’d been “killed by an alligator”.
The story has since been taken down, and his name is not on the story.
In a recent interview, Billingshood said he didn’t want to take any credit for the hoax, which was shared online by a number of people with a very specific agenda: “They just wanted to make a political statement, to make people think about it.”
“I think people need to take it a step further,” he said.
“The only way you’re going to make that work is by being the best person for the job.” “
While the Society, which he started as a young college student in 2008, focuses on dog-training issues in Fresno, he also has an affinity for animal welfare, and has a passion for helping animals around the world. “
The only way you’re going to make that work is by being the best person for the job.”
While the Society, which he started as a young college student in 2008, focuses on dog-training issues in Fresno, he also has an affinity for animal welfare, and has a passion for helping animals around the world.
He believes that the best way to help animals in need is to take them to a sanctuary.
“There’s a lot of people who don’t have the opportunity to be rescuers,” he told Fortune.
“It’s the animals who need the rescuers, so it’s really important to be an animal lover and an animal rescue volunteer.”
A year ago, Billionsley founded FWDF, an organization that promotes responsible pet ownership and pet care.
“We need to do more to raise awareness and awareness is a very big part of it,” he explains.
“You have to do a little bit of both to make sure you get better results.” “
The Society has more than 15,000 members worldwide, many of whom are volunteers working in rescue groups. “
You have to do a little bit of both to make sure you get better results.”
The Society has more than 15,000 members worldwide, many of whom are volunteers working in rescue groups.
It’s also a major source of financial support to animals in crisis, and Billings’ own charity has been able to get support from some of the world’s most famous dog trainers.
“They were really supportive,” he admits.
“In some cases, they’re able to give us a little piece of their heart.”
In the end, the people behind the hoax did not have the answers they wanted, he admits, but they did have a story to tell, and they got their message across.
“For the majority of the people that were the most successful in the hoax and the ones who made the best impression were the ones that were on social media, the ones with a big Facebook presence, the biggest Twitter followers, the first ones to go viral, the best known ones,” he notes.
“And it was all these people who made it through that.”
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