Minnesota Rescue Dog 'Tula' Captures Playful Pup Interactions

November 07, 2016 08:25 AM

She's internet famous and has quite the photography skills, but how do you take pictures when you only have paws? With a GoPro of course!

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Tula the PhoDOGrapher visits dog parks all over Minnesota, capturing silly and slobbery interactions with local pups, all for a good cause. 

Tula's owner, Ken Kixmoeller, says she is a rescue dog. Their mission is to help other dogs get adopted by taking playful pictures.

"It started with our daughter," he says. "She was volunteering to take pictures of dogs available for rescue, but she was always frustrated that she wasn't getting action shots and playing shots, so we talked about it as a family and decided to experiment with a GoPro."

Kixmoeller says the pictures were nothing short of amazing, and the idea caught on fast. Canine Happy Hour is now approaching 18,000 followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ combined. 

"Everybody loves her pictures so much that it's caught fire internationally," Kixmoeller says. "She's been in newspapers, websites all over the world."

Tula has brought her adventures to a few Duluth dog parks as well, including the new park by Jean Duluth Road.

Kixmoeller says the main goal of Tula's visits are to take pictures of other dogs that are up for adoption, then give them to rescue organizations. 

"It's been shown very clearly that good pictures of a dog make a big difference in whether it gets adopted or not."


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