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.

Check out the video below:

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.

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!