This good dog with a GoPro is a bet­ter pho­tog­ra­pher than you

The Palm Beach Post - - CLASSIFIED - By Sarah Larimer Washington Post

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.”

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