For the last two years, I have been photographing dogs wearing costumes that I made from post-consumer recycled materials - discarded newspaper, beer boxes, paper plates, plastic cups, etc. - as part of a pet portrait series called Paper Hats.

The goal of Paper Hats is to show that all anyone or anything needs to shine is a second chance. Whether it’s a foster dog who was dealt a rough start or a newspaper circular printed only to be never read, that with a little love, patience, and creativity it could be something amazing.

When we started the series, we were initially working exclusively with fostered and homed dogs from an organization called Bella's Bully Buddies. Bella's is a 501c all volunteer operated nonprofit rescue and foster group that specializes in finding homes for American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, and other blockheaded pups.

Many of whom are sprung from high kill shelters and shelters located in municipalities that do not allow "bully breeds" to be adopted out. While the series has since expanded to include other breeds, we remain committed to helping these poor pups find homes.

Proceeds from all Paper Hats print sales benefit Bella's Bully Buddies. Prints are available for purchase at the link below.

More info: k9rt.com | puptrait.com

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Sue Prewitt 3 weeks ago

Queen Elizabeth I :)

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Eagle Girl 3 weeks ago

Chef Barksalove

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Sue Prewitt 3 weeks ago

Aviator, or steampunk? love it

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Sue Prewitt 3 weeks ago

Regal!

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Eagle Girl 3 weeks ago

Wanted: Friend to go on long walks, to local pub, while wearing matching fedoras

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✎Kinda_Scarlett 3 weeks ago

I think this one if my favourite :)

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Sue Prewitt 3 weeks ago

Ohhh, I love that face!

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Eagle Girl 3 weeks ago

I'm ready for my close up Mr Demille (and to be a chick magnet)

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Sue Prewitt 3 weeks ago

Dapper

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Princess Dram 3 weeks ago

The hat is bigger than him!!!!!!!AWWWWWWWW

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Elaine Dodge 3 weeks ago

So funny how some of them as as pleased as punch and others are 'are we done yet?'

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Catherine Cronk 3 weeks ago

The popular dog

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cryingcat 3 weeks ago

Whozagoodboi

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Sue Prewitt 3 weeks ago

Pharaoh Barky McBarkface.

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Dani 3 weeks ago

Adorable! Why is this so low??

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SHYLAH CAFFERY 3 weeks ago

i love how it looks like hes peeking from the side

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Nathan Jessen 3 weeks ago

king doge

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反社会的 3 weeks ago

He's so happy, now I'm happy.

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Allison Covet 3 weeks ago

Life & fashion are a balancing act

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Flame Phoenix 3 weeks ago

"We have gathered here today to celebrate hoomans, and the num nums they give us. "

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Jill Marie Ravena 3 weeks ago

King of the house.

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Potterhead Unicorn 3 weeks ago

The little tongue! :P

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cryingcat 3 weeks ago

Ah.. ah.. Ahchoo

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cryingcat 3 weeks ago

Lady's Man

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ANDREA SERRANO MORALES 3 weeks ago

throughout this post i see a lot of top hats

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Sue Prewitt 3 weeks ago

Love that face