This good dog with a GoPro is a better photographer than you
Tula is a pretty talented photographer. Her Instagram account is better than yours, probably. It’s defifinitely better than mine.
T h i s a l l s e e m s f a i r l y impressive to me, because Tula is a doggie.
The 4-year-old rescue dog is the photographer behind Canine Happy Hour, which features pic tures of dogs at dog parks, from the perspective of a dog. You can fifind her on Instagram and on Twitter. Facebook too, naturally.
The brains of the operation no offffffffffffense, Tula) are the dog’s owners, the Kixmoeller family of White Bear Lake, Minn., just outside Minneapolis.
“I’ve always loved photography, and I’ve always loved dogs,” 17-year-old Susie Kixmoeller said.
“So when we started taking Tula to the dog park about a year ago, I’d go along and I’d see how interesting the interactions bet ween the dogs are, like how they play together and all that stuffffffffffff.
If I get close enough to a c t u a l l y c a pt ure i t wel l , they’re going to stop playing, and they ’re going to look at me because I’m too close to them.”
But, Susie thought, if Tula wore the camera, then she could capture those interactions, and the photos would be from her point of view. So Tula was fifitted with a GoPro.
“And the pic tures have been really great,” Susie said.
“One of the reasons that she takes photos well, we think, is that she doesn’t really love the rough-andtumble play, she’s more ... she likes puppy play,” said Susi e ’s dad, Ken Ki xmoeller. “Even though she’s 4 1/2 years old, she likes to play with puppies, and the way puppies do, she’s not very rough-and-tumble, so when the other dogs are roughand-tumbling, she sits and watches them.”
After the account started, Susie’s sister, who thought the pictures deserved more shine, posted about it on BuzzFeed, “It’s definitely taken on a life of its own,” Ken Kixmoeller said, when asked how long the family would keep the account going.
“We’ re s u d d e n l y wi t h thousands of followers. Picking that picture gets a little more pressure- fifilled — you know, we don’t want to disappoint our crew.”
Speaking of which, here’s how that process works: Tula stays at the dog park for about an hour, the Kixmoellers said.
The GoPro, attached to Tula’s harness, takes rapi d - f i r e p i c t u r e s i n t i me - lapse mode. In total, they collect about 7,200 images, w h i c h t h e f a m i l y t h e n combs through to curate the accounts.
“I just thought it would be fun to see what happened,” Susie said. “I for sure didn’t expect anything this big.”