Make a Statement With a GoPro For Your Dog

Rescued shelter dog in a kayak with a GoPro camera mounted on the front was used to take this cute and amazing photo.

Get a great picture of your rescue, foster, or adoptable dog by mounting a GoPro camera in an unusual place — like the front of a sea kayak, for example! This is one of our most-shared photos on Facebook, so think of what a wiiiide GoPro picture of a homeless pet could do for his “shareability”.

Pet camera, anyone?

Read any tips about photographing a particular dog or cat in a shelter, and you’ll find the same tips — because they work.  Get in close; use selective focus on the eyes; get down to their level; eliminate distracting backgrounds.  Shoot tight.

But there are times that you are perfectly within your rights to throw this all out the window, and go as wide as possible.  Make something the world hasn’t seen a million times before. Enter the GoPro.

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As a sports photographer, I felt like GoPro was a game-changer when it came out, allowing us to really get close and wide.  But more importantly, it allowed us to shoot where we couldn’t physically go ourselves: under a boat, or jumping out of an airplane, for example.

It can do the same for shelter dogs, too.  The photo above, and the video below, were both shot with the GoPro.  They offer a completely different point of view, a view you don’t see everyday.

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The shooter mounted one Go Pro on his dog’s collar, and let ‘er rip.  He also shot his own footage and edited it together — something that must have take a lot of time — but you don’t have to do that.

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GoPros ALL ship with an underwater housing as well, so you can put it in the shelter swimming pool and let it run, for summertime.  You can put it in the bottom of the cats’ water bowl while they’re drinking.

And you can imagine the hit that simple GoPro footage of your shelter’s or rescue’s (or foster’s, or dog park’s) playgroup “scene” would be online?

Why not put a GoPro on your wishlist?

A GoPro can be picked up for 299.00 at B&H Photo and Video.

Have footage or frames from a GoPro of your pet or shelter?  Send to info@charliedogandfriends.com, and (with your permission) we’ll share on all our social media platforms.

The Facebook Page, Truth About Pit Bulls, posted a link to our Pocket Pitties, which in turn gave us a nice big boost in sales, which in turn helps Bruised Not Broken.  A great way to help animals.

THANKS, Truth About Pit Bulls!

Thank you to The Truth About Pitbulls, who posted a link to our Pocket Pitties on their Facebook Page, and gave us a really great boost in sales — all benefiting the tireless advocacy work of Bruised Not Broken.

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NFL Draft Day, and Why I Care (Kind of).

Pit Bull plush shirt, from CharlieDog and Friends

Red Carpet wear for NFL Draft Day, at Radio City Music Hall. And in case you NEED this shirt: Arggh! It’s not available anymore!

I’m the Chief Everything Officer of CharlieDog and Friends, but I also have another career that I will probably never let go of, and that’s as a sports photographer for The New York Times (and now Sports Illustrated).

And today — although I SWORE I would never shoot “red carpet” — my assignment is to shoot (oh yes) red carpet arrivals at the NFL draft.  So I guess it’s sports.

And it’s about time.  Long after the last whistle blows on the field of an NFL game, and after I’ve filed my pictures for the night and I’ve packed up to go home, I like to watch the players leave the stadium, trickling out toward waiting team buses, either surrounded by their families or solitary, with earbuds in.

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They’re usually dressed exquisitely, in colors that make you think of Easter, or street festivals.  Satins and seersuckers, suits in pale yellow, purple.  All white.  Magic.

NFL Receiver from Baltimore Ravens, Torrey Smith, with his pit bull rescue, Prince.

What’s not to love about Baltimore Ravens’ receiver Torrey Smith, and his rescued pitbull, Prince? From the campaign, “Show Your Soft Side”, to encourage kindness to animals in Baltimore.

So today’s assignment, I don’t mind so much.  Radio City Music Hall. Then back to the dogs.

Adala is a stuffed pitbull plush toy from CharlieDog and Friends, to benefit rescue pets.

Adala, our stuffed pitbull plush toy “Pocket Pittie”, comes to you in style! Specially-boxed, in tissue and colorful crinkle paper, labeled “Special Delivery” on the outside of the package. She wears our unique “Adopt” collar bracelet that can be removed and worn by her human.

Need to send a pick-me-up to a dog-loving friend?  CharlieDog and Friends’ plush pitbulls and Pocket Pitties are delivered in style!

Charlie’s Checkbook: Our Plush Pet Gypsy Helps Potsdam Humane Society

Gypsy, a plush Australian Cattle Dog from CharlieDog and Friends, is based on a real-life animal shelter rescue from the Potsdam Humane Society

Our plush Australian Cattle Dog (rescued, of course!) is named Gypsy, after a real-life inspiration living in Upstate New York. This pinteresty photo first appeared on the pet photography blog, Daily Dog Tag; it’s styled and photographed by Alice G Patterson.

CharlieDog and Friends is some pretty purposeful plush toy.  We started our stuffed animal business just to raise money for homeless pets, and now that we have our legs under us*, we’ll be showing you Charlie’s Checkbook every Monday.

We started CharlieDog and Friends with four plush toys: Charlie, Murphy, Gypsy and Clyde, each based on a real-life rescued pet.  The point was to create these toys, try to sell them to raise money for their shelters or rescues, and maybe let people know: it’s OK to rescue your next pet.  It’s even preferable.  If you ask me, it’s the ONLY way to go.

This week we’re signing a nice donation check to Potsdam Humane Society, because the real-life Gypsy, a rescued Australian Cattle Dog, came from this Upstate New York shelter (which, by the way, just boasted that they are, for once, Guinea pig-free, having adopted their last guinea pig out this weekend!)

And we wanted to say: Thank YOU.  This is our dream, and slowly — very slowly — it’s moving ahead,  in the right direction — but not without the help of some very special and generous customers and friends.

A rescued Australian Cattle Dog is the inspiration for our plush australian cattle dog (ASD) named Gypsy, and benefits the Potsdam Humane Society, an animal shelter in Upstate New York.

Gypsy, a rescued Australian Cattle Dog from Potsdam Humane Society in Upstate New York, with her plush toy Gypsy. She’s an agility enthusiast and a wonderful, 100% rescued family pet. Now why on earth would anyone go to a breeder for their next cattle dog?

Do you know someone who’s thinking of bringing home a new family pet, and isn’t sure where that pet is going to come from — but you want a gentle, cuddly way to encourage adoption?  You can send them message by sending it in stuffed animal form.  Just drop by Gypsy’s little corner of the Internet.  Like all CharlieDog pets, she ships in a tissue-wrapped, colorful, crinkly nest of shredded paper, with a hang tag to tell her story and a collar that says all you need to say: “ADOPT”.

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*Why did this take so long?  Well, we’ve made some donations along the way, but mostly we’ve been paying off our start-up costs, which have been lots!  But not unexpected.  We’re just happy we’ve gotten to the point where we can finally begin fulfilling our mission of giving.