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Meet the Judges for the Tales of the Natural Tail Photo Contest

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

  • Ron Burns with Rufus.

  • Tracie Hotchner with companions.

  • Gary Block, D.V.M.

Our distinguished panel of judges will choose the First, Second and Third-place winners from 15 finalists.

Learn more about them below, and scroll through the slideshow to see their photos.

Ron Burns, Artist

Ron Burns' vibrant and colorful portraits of dogs and cats reveal the heart and soul of every animal he paints. His work is sought after by collectors and can also be seen in his books and on his website, www.ronburns.com. Burns is The HSUS’s Artist in Residence.

Tracie Hotchner, Author and Radio Show Host

Tracie Hotchner is author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible. Hotchner also hosts Cat Chat® on the Martha Stewart Channel of SiriusXM satellite radio. Her Gracie Award-winning show, Dog Talk®, is broadcast on NPR and podcast. Find out more at www.traciehotchner.com.

Dr. Gary Block, Veterinarian

Dr. Gary Block, received his D.V.M. in 1991 at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He is past-president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, and is a member of the HSVMA Leadership Council. He is co-owner of Ocean State Veterinary Specialists—a 27 doctor referral and emergency clinic in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.