DK Video Challenge

The #DKVideo Challenge Showcase

Revised 2021. We present the video finalists in our pet video Dash Kitten Video Challenge.

Why are we launching on 6th September? Well, today is the anniversary of Dash’s passing and we want to celebrate with more than tears. Dash was a helper, encourager and enabler. The tradition continues…..

The first #DKVideo Challenge was to encourage pet owners, and pet bloggers, to jump in and try their hand at creating video. This is one of those challenges to do by yourself, or with a friend or family member. Whether it was shooting a first time pet video. Or editing a movie, and using a specific technique to capture a moment. All entries were welcome for our general and relaxed theme ‘A Pet in All Seasons‘. 

Each of the pet videos here marks a new experience for the maker, and this is important to remember. For some this was a big step into a new creative area which can take courage. Pet owners are often stepping into the technological unknown. Each of our cat movies, and dog movies shows a real willingness to jump in, take a chance, and learn!

We all have a list of challenges to do. Please take the time to watch all seven of our entries. You will be impressed.


(1) The Tabbies o’ Trout Towne

The Tabbies were first off the mark with their video. It is a genuine achievement, making a video on their phone long before we hit the pet video trail.

The Tabbies Mom Taken on August 16 2014

“I used the cell phone, an IPHONE 4s. The video features tuna of moon and is titled; “the most exercise he had in his life??” I have a very good friend who I “met” when we were still at the catster site who makes Calvin Collars; named for her boy Calvin, in his honor. Proceeds from each collar sold go to Best Friends. She sent this to tuna for his gotcha day in the hopes he would wear it.

Having gone nekkid his entire life; he was none to pleased to suddenly be wearing neckwear! [Note This video may take a moment to load.]

Tuna and the Collar by Tabbies o’ Trout Towne (c)  Hosted by the Dash Kitten Crew.

(2) Mary Di Tosto and Sadie from Your Designer Dog

My video is a slow motion compilation of a game of catch with my dog, Sadie the Yorkipoo. During the Dog Days of Summer when it’s too hot to play outside, we need to make our own fun indoors where there is air conditioning. Sadie’s favorite game to play inside is catch. She can sit on the nice, cool, leather couch and only has to jump up once in a while to snatch the ball out of the air. Then she can squeak the ball at her leisure, before rolling it off the couch so I can toss it to her again.

(3) Cathy Armato and Icy from Dogs Luv Us and We Love Them

This is my very first Edited video! I wanted to do a video for a sponsored blog post, and I needed a way to join two videos that were shot on different days. I also needed a way to transition between them and explain what happens between the two video segments. The first segment illustrates the issue I’m trying to solve. The second segment shows the positive result, after using their product.

I’m so excited that I learned how to edit out sections in the middle of a video. I have learned how to join two videos together, how to add a transition slide, and how to add a text slide. This was a huge learning experience for me! Thank you so much for all the information in your wonderful e-book. And in your blog posts, but most of all thanks for the encouragement to push myself and tackle video editing! My video isn’t fancy, but I’m really proud of my accomplishment.


(4) Brian Frum of Brian’s Home

Here’s a peek into the not-so-secret lives of some of the 11 ferals we care for at Brian’s Home. We love them all.

(5) Chloe and Jenise of Happy Go Doodle

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t talk with my pets. Through the expression on their faces, the look in their eyes, the wag of their tails…they listen. Without saying a word, our canine companions speak volumes…and fill a place in our hearts that lasts forever. So when Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I played a game of fetch recently, we had our own “happy talk” together that we captured on video and then set to music.

We hope you’ll take a break with us and “catch” these feel-good messages we’d like to share. OH, and wait for it…don’t miss the silly blooper at the end. Thank you!

(6) Valentine Barbero and Mom Kelly

Our learning challenge was to create a video using the iMovie application for the first time and on a MacBook Pro. Our media included two different videos and still images taken with an iPhone and then uploaded to the program. Then we put together the final action video using the movie trailer template.

It took several attempts to figure out the best clips to use from the two base videos and the order in which to use them for best effect. It was also a challenge trying to figure out the best starting and stopping points of each action clip or how to create a continuous clip sequence.

Valentine the black Persian kitty sees an opportunity. He peers in the the box of Townhouse flatbread crisps that is conveniently sitting out on the table unopened. He peers in the box to spy it’s contents. He’s thinking it’s snack time and finds a tasty treat within his reach. But, the salty one is sneaky and keeps trying to slip away! Valentine is up for a challenge and it is not long before snacky cracker is taken down.

(7) The Chirpy Cats

As usual, Sly Pie, the youngest of the Chirpy Cats crew, is up for a game of patty cake but Mr. Jack just wants to sleep. Mr. Jack suggests to him to go somewhere else to find amusement. Sly Pie does just that and goes off to create his own joy! This is the first episode in our new segment called Caturday Voodles, created in iMovie and includes voice over with subtitles. We hope you enjoy it!

Now you have seen our fantastic pet video entries

We know that you will be inspired to make your own videos. We have plenty of tips and tricks in our blog posts and want you to go and grab your smartphone, or DLSP camera to make movies with.

Check out these posts:

  1. Tips and tricks for the absolute beginner movie maker.
  2. Five great smartphone movie editing apps

Remember, slow and steady is the best tip for any movie making novice.

Now, what are you going to make as your first amazing movie?

Team Dash Kitten

Marjorie and the Dash KittenCrew


28 thoughts on “The #DKVideo Challenge Showcase”

  1. Thanks so much for including us in this collection of wonderful videos! It was so helpful to be part of this Fun challenge.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  2. Enjoyed watching all of these amazing videos! Congratulations to Brian and the ferals on the win! A heartfelt thank you to Marjorie for hosting the pet video challenge! What a wonderful idea and way to showcase the talents and creativity of bloggers. Thank you, Marjorie!

  3. WOW! I think you ALL did brilliantly, congrats for taking the challenge and coming up winners one and all.
    Congratulations Brian, I really loved the “The End” on your movie MOL
    Big thanks to Dash Kitten to running this competition too, I hope it will be a regular yearly do, like the Oscars but way more fun and definitely PURRFECT

  4. Videos are a commodity around here lol. Vino generally looks so disgruntled by being cast in them, and Karma has taken a shy roll as of late.

  5. brian…dood !!!! conga ratz two ewe N dad; yur moovee waz awesum guyz; as were all de entreez ???

    insert hearts XXX

    N thanx silver N crew…thiz waz fun even if we waz movvee makin ona ancient dee vise !!

  6. These were fun! I always spend too much time trying to do videos, and the spontaneous aspect gets lost. You’ve inspired me to try to do better!

  7. Those were absolutely wonderful! We loved them all, and think everyone did a terrific job. 🙂

    Congratulations to Brian and Dad Terry!

  8. These are wonderful! Making videos/movies is something we really want to work on, but other things got in our way this summer. Congratulations to Terry and Brian!

  9. So much talent is contained in these videos. I applaud every entrant for having the courage to submit their videos to the scrutiny of others.

  10. These videos are all great! I bet they are all so glad they took the video challenge. Thanks for giving all of us a push to try video!

  11. I loved all of these! I even paused my TV and thoroughly enjoyed each one. i was thinking how in the world are you going to choose a winner? Random would be the only way I could choose! Congrats, Brian, and to all the new videographers! Great job! This was awesome, Marjorie!

  12. Lovely videos and congrats to the winner! I meant to enter a video but August was crazy for us. Everyone looks like they learned a lot of new technical skills.

  13. Awesome videos and of course I forgot about it, but lately am forgetting my name LOL, love them all and sending you a big hug at the same time, woof from Layla

  14. So many great entries! We were impressed with everyone’s videos! And congratulations to Brian – well deserved! Wow, thanks for putting this together and encouraging people to make videos. It is so much fun!

  15. CONCATULATIONS to Brian for the win! I love all the entries! This was a fun challenge! Mom & I learned something new, fur sure and we hope each time we put together they will keep improving. Thanks, Miss Marjorie & Dash Kitten.

    Oh, just an FYI, Mom’s name is “Kerry”, not Kelly. Purrs!

  16. Loved watching all these and congrats to Brian’s ferals! Now that’s the most natural form of acting I’ve seen in a long time. MOL

    A huge thank you to you Marjorie and Dash Kitten crew for highlighting this fun platform and encouraging others in their video blogging journey!
    Now we’re not going to stop! MOL.

  17. Those were all so much fun and the ferals were thrilled when I told them they won. Well, they didn’t seem to care one way or the other, but I did tell them.


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