The following post is brought to you by BlackRapid. We’re very paw-ticular about our partners and only feature those we think are top dog.

Admit it: you have more photos of your dog than you have of anything else combined, right? Guilty as charged over here! While most of my dog pics are on my phone (so as to show off my “proud doggy mama” photos at a moment’s notice), I do like to break out the big camera for portrait sessions. And THIS is where the magic of BlackRapid comes in.

BlackRapid: Unique Camera Accessories for Dog Owners

BlackRapid makes high-quality, durable camera straps — with a twist! Forget leaning over and having your camera go swinging around all willy nilly. BlackRapid straps have bumpers that allow you to lock the camera at your side or behind your back, freeing up your hands when you need to. The camera itself hangs from a locking carabiner at the BASE of the camera, which means the shoulder pad stays on your shoulder — always — while the camera hangs upside down, allowing your finger to rest on the shutter button at all times. The strap is also a cross body strap, making it much more comfortable to wear, as opposed to traditional straps that hang from your neck.

BlackRapid: Unique Camera Accessories for Dog Owners

What really sets BlackRapid apart though, is their commitment to animal welfare. Part of BlackRapid founder Ron Henry’s vision is to donate time and resources towards dog-centric charities and sponsorships. His love for dogs and other animals makes BlackRapid’s connection with animal charities, including SayulitAnimals, a perfect match.

BlackRapid: Unique Camera Accessories for Dog Owners

Before starting BlackRapid, when Ron Henry was still a wedding photographer, he shot a wedding in Sayulita, Mexico. There he saw an incredibly great need for help for the local animals. As a result, he later connected himself with SayulitAnimals. In the few short years that SayulitAnimals has been in existence, they have made a truly measurable difference in the amount of stray, un-neutered, abused, and neglected dogs and cats roaming the streets of Sayulita, Mexico.

BlackRapid: Unique Camera Accessories for Dog Owners

BlackRapid has helped SayulitAnimals by donating a space in downtown Sayulita where they can showcase the animals that are available for adoption as well as provide educational opportunities for local people and tourists on the need to help give animals a safe and loving home. And THAT is why we are super stoked about BlackRapid’s amazing products (plus, you know, they’re straps are just plain awesome).

Learn more about BlackRapid and see their full collection of straps and camera bags on www.blackrapid.com.