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Incredible Underwater Photos of Dogs Retrieving Balls
Gate ^ | 2/21/12 | Chuck Wolk

Posted on 02/21/2012 10:30:13 AM PST by OneVike


You might think you know what a dog would look like as it dives below the surface of water to retrieve a ball, but check out these photos and think again. When you see photos of dogs diving for a ball that is sinking into a pool, you will be amazed how surreal the near weightless conditions of the water makes the dog look. These shots are priceless in the way they capture a dog's lips going flying as if the wind is blowing at them while making their ears and fur flatten back against their body. Watching a dog's jowls expand as their mouth opens in an almost vicious looking way to grab the toy that has become their only focus, produces an almost perfect image of a dog lost in his own world of joy. After all, one of the biggest reasons we are so fascinated with our dogs is their intense determination to enjoy life, while doing what comes natural for them regardless of the obstacles in their way.

Casteel who has been seen on Animal Planet first began photographing dogs underwater about 18 months ago when he was asked to do a portrait of a King Charles spaniel who wouldn't stay out of his owner's pool. To get the right photos he began by testing different weighted objects that sink at different rates to get the right image of the dog. The dogs all dive into the water voluntarily, says Casteel, who initially tested the idea with a simple point-and-shoot camera. Seth holds his breath for up to 90 seconds while he sits in the pool, wearing a snorkel mask. He's taken photos of more than 60 dogs from all over America, and even went to Australia to photograph dogs diving into pools for owners who paid his travel expenses. His photos have become so popular he's getting calls from all over the world by pet owners wanting underwater portraits of Spot jumping into the pool to retrieve a toy.

His fame grew after a selection of photos he took in Californian went viral. Someone unknown to him posted them on Reddit and Google+. Before he knew what had happened, his phone started ringing 24/7 from curious reporters and pet owners all over the world. Casteel says he will only do photo shoots with dogs that already feel comfortable in the water so all he needs to do is grab his snorkel as the owner starts tossing various toys for their dog to retrieve. All photo shoots are done on location and never in a studio. The first photo at the beginning of the article is of Seth Casteel with his own dogs Nala and Fritzon on dry land.

Casteel is the founder of Second Chance Photos. he is also the CEO / Photographer at Little Friends Lifestyle, Pet Photography along with being a marketing Consultant at Los Angeles Animal Services. Casteel can be contacted via email at info@littlefriendsphoto.com or call his studio at (310-386-2961).

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See more images plus an underwater video of one of the dogs retrieving a ball at GATE


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bloggersandpersonal; dogs; photography; poools; watersports
Some of these images are downright frightening, when you consider they are man's best friend.
1 posted on 02/21/2012 10:30:28 AM PST by OneVike
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To: OneVike

Its rumored that there are similar pictures of Barney Frank out there somewhere.


2 posted on 02/21/2012 10:32:32 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: OneVike

I must confess, this is something you probably will never see a cat do. Dogs look almost like dolphins with legs when diving in the drink.


3 posted on 02/21/2012 10:35:20 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Joe 6-pack

WOOF (GURGLE) WOOF


4 posted on 02/21/2012 10:36:09 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"Say what?

Dogs are so uncivilized!"


5 posted on 02/21/2012 10:37:23 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: OneVike

Haha, these are great.


6 posted on 02/21/2012 10:38:32 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: cripplecreek

When I think of the idea of seeing him in a pool, the moment in caddy shack comes to mind with Bill Murray in the pools and everyone is getting out because they think a candy bar is something else. My mind conjures up the idea that Barney is what they thought the candy bar was.


7 posted on 02/21/2012 10:40:42 AM PST by OneVike ((Just a Christian waiting to go home) internet ID:: impeachobamanow)
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To: OneVike

scary lol


8 posted on 02/21/2012 10:40:42 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Once mine figured out where the frogs were coming from, I can't keep him out of the lake.

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9 posted on 02/21/2012 10:41:14 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: OneVike
Tigers actually love the water...and the taste of waterdog.


10 posted on 02/21/2012 10:44:24 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
this is something you probably will never see a cat do...

Because cats use the proper attire

11 posted on 02/21/2012 10:47:41 AM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: OneVike

Dogs are awesome. When I get to Heaven I can’t wait to see Wings, Heidi, Kate, Marie Casatt, Meloncollie, Happy, Seurat, Bear, Patches, and even old black Renoir. I like to think I’ll be on THEIR turf: a place for perfect souls.


12 posted on 02/21/2012 10:54:00 AM PST by golux
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To: OneVike


13 posted on 02/21/2012 10:56:42 AM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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To: OneVike

This pics are awesome, I passed this thread on to some other dog owners.

My dad had a neighbor with a Golden. He loved to retrieve rocks from the lake. He never came back with the same one thrown but he loved the game.


14 posted on 02/21/2012 10:57:16 AM PST by Jean S
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To: OneVike
NorCal Blogs
16 posted on 02/21/2012 11:00:18 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

My friend owned a Golden Retriever that would go under water to retrieve baseball size rocks we threw in the pond. It was pretty amazing how he always retrieved the same rock we threw in. The water was only 4 feet deep but the bottom was covered with different size rocks.


17 posted on 02/21/2012 11:03:08 AM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: peeps36

Was the tossed stone marked somehow to identify it (not to the dog, but to the one who threw it)?


18 posted on 02/21/2012 11:14:35 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: golux

It’s a lively theological subject of debate whether dogs have souls. The Hebrew of the biblical creation account treats what men generally know as the higher creatures with the term nephesh, which refers to both breath and soul. However, it includes vertebrate fish, which no ancient source identified as being able to breathe (that had to wait for modern biology and the understanding of gills), so that suggests soul is intended. Moral of the story: next time you have fish, think of it as soul food. And if you go to heaven (John 3:16 explains how) maybe you’ll meet your dinner again, but it won’t be angry with you.


19 posted on 02/21/2012 11:21:43 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: OneVike

They have to snarl like that to keep water out of their noses.


20 posted on 02/21/2012 11:54:43 AM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: RoosterRedux

Tigers also love pepper. They don’t like cinnamon.


21 posted on 02/21/2012 12:02:33 PM PST by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The dog had five or six baseball and softball size rocks he use to carry around in his mouth like a tennis ball. I was surprised the big rocks didn’t hurt his teeth or his mouth. The area of water wasn’t real big. It was a 10X10 area of a stream that pooled to close to four feet deep.


22 posted on 02/21/2012 12:51:18 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: stuartcr

Thanks, I always wondered how they kept the water from entering their lungs.

I notice that if I do that, my own nasal passage gets blocked. Interesting information I will always remember, for no other reason than I love dogs.

I had a college professor in the “70”s that told me the reason we study to learn is because the more we know, the more we know we don’t know. Then he added, the day we think we know it all, is the day we need to start studying again, because we forgot the real reason we study.


23 posted on 02/21/2012 1:22:22 PM PST by OneVike ((Just a Christian waiting to go home) internet ID:: impeachobamanow)
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To: All

I remember reading somwhere that the reason we live is to learn to love, and the reason dogs die at such a young age relative to humans, is they’ve already learned that lesson.


24 posted on 02/21/2012 2:01:49 PM PST by OhhTee5
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To: OneVike; TheMom; Allegra; humblegunner; thackney; TheOldLady
This one looks like my PitStop, just a lot smaller.


25 posted on 02/21/2012 2:30:30 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Eaker; OneVike; TheMom; Allegra; humblegunner; thackney

But PitStop looks so sweet and kind, just like you!


26 posted on 02/21/2012 2:40:36 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady

OK, now I need to see a picture of PitStop.


27 posted on 02/21/2012 2:57:07 PM PST by OneVike ((Just a Christian waiting to go home) internet ID:: impeachobamanow)
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To: TheOldLady; Eaker

OK, now I need to see a picture of PitStop.


28 posted on 02/21/2012 2:58:18 PM PST by OneVike ((Just a Christian waiting to go home) internet ID:: impeachobamanow)
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To: OneVike

29 posted on 02/21/2012 3:25:20 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Lucky9teen
Because cats use the proper attire

Too right!


30 posted on 02/21/2012 3:29:02 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Eaker
You really are sweet and kind! </stunned>
31 posted on 02/21/2012 3:36:10 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Eaker; TheOldLady

I can see the resemblance so I would have to agree.

The Old Lady is correct, PitStop is very sweet.


32 posted on 02/21/2012 4:15:38 PM PST by OneVike ((Just a Christian waiting to go home) internet ID:: impeachobamanow)
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To: OneVike
Eaker and Pitty are both a couple of really good guys, OV. I kid him a lot, but he's aces!  
33 posted on 02/21/2012 4:22:53 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Eaker

I recognize that dog!!!!!:D


34 posted on 02/21/2012 4:26:58 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Eaker

I recognize that dog!!!!!:D


35 posted on 02/21/2012 4:27:17 PM PST by Ditter
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To: OneVike; TheOldLady; Ditter
I have a wonderful portrait of PitStop hanging on my mantel that was painted for me by our very own Ditter too.


36 posted on 02/21/2012 6:10:41 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Eaker; TheOldLady
By the way, I swear my Mother-in-law has that exact same rug in her living room.




This Hershee, our geriatric Ausie mix. I was sleeping after I just returned home from the hospital after my surgery two weeks ago and she crawled between my legs and my wife took a pic of us. I always wrap my legs around her while laying back ion bed watching TV, and this day she was doing what she always does, and my wife figured I wasn't complaining so she left her alone and took this pic.
37 posted on 02/21/2012 6:14:33 PM PST by OneVike ((Just a Christian waiting to go home) internet ID:: impeachobamanow)
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To: OneVike; TheOldLady; Ditter

My wife has told me more than a few times that she wants us to get a portrait of Hershee, I always reply by telling her I have a friend at church who is a great taxidermist. You can imagine the look she gives while letting me know how morbid she thinks the idea is.

Something about the idea of our beloved dog, forever standing or sitting in the corner of the living room with lifeless eyes just makes her cringe.


38 posted on 02/21/2012 7:23:09 PM PST by OneVike ((Just a Christian waiting to go home) internet ID:: impeachobamanow)
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To: OneVike; TheOldLady; TheMom

I am so glad that I am not the only one with a furry boss!

Unfortunately I have six bosses.


39 posted on 02/21/2012 7:52:36 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Eaker; TheMom; OneVike
That's okay, E. I'm a giant cat toy, feeder, groomer, and tummy rubber extraordinaire.

My Rocket sits on my chest, and I have to type one-fingered until he's done sitting there.

Spoiled doesn't begin to describe him, but he doesn't have long either (CRF).
40 posted on 02/22/2012 4:21:01 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: OhhTee5

That sounds right to me.


41 posted on 02/22/2012 7:04:25 AM PST by baileybat
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