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The Queen’s corgis are dead: long live the ‘dorgis’

Willows death marks first time the monarch has not owned a corgi since the second world war

The Queens last remaining corgi has died, it has been reported. Willow, who was almost 15, was put down after suffering from cancer, making it the first time the monarch has not owned a corgi since the end of the second world war.

Willow was the 14th generation descended from Susan, a corgi gifted to the then Princess Elizabeth on her 18th birthday in 1944. The Queen has owned more than 30 dogs of the breed during her reign.

It was reported in 2015 that the Queen had stopped breeding corgis because she did not want to leave any behind after she died.

She still has two dogs, Vulcan and Candy, which are informally known as dorgis a cross-breed between a dachshund and a corgi introduced to the royal household when Princess Margarets dachshund Pipkin mated with one of the Queens dogs.

Vulcan and Candy appeared alongside Willow on the front cover of Vanity Fair in 2016, shot by Annie Leibovitz to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.

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Photographer Takes Portraits Of Dogs That Are Perfectly Imperfect

Meet Bali Pip, the playful pup rescued from the streets of Bali suffering from mange; blind but loyal Shazza; Raul, who takes his partial paralysis in his stride; and many more in a new book by award-winning animal photographer Alex Cearns. Based on an original photo series launched on Bored Panda, these portraits of perfectly imperfect dogs will uplift and inspire, finding a special place in your heart with their ability to overcome physical adversity. Cearns artfully captures their intrinsic beauty and spirit; their sweetness, resilience and strength.

“One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as different hold a special place in my heart. These are the canines who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse,” says Cearns. “Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them. They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able-bodied pet does.”

“The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me. They make the most out of life and from them I have learnt so much about always seeing the positive in every situation and never giving up.”

‘Perfect Imperfection – Dog portraits of Resilience’ and love is available from 19th March 2018 and is a book for everyone who loves dogs; fans of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, or of seeing the beauty in imperfection; and anyone who needs a hit of inspiration. Part proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation to help them work towards finding a cure for canine cancer.

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The Secrets of Instagrams Most Famous Dogs

When you first meet Winston, you would not guess that this 6-year-old Corgi who loves to play fetch and eat his favorite treats is different from any other dog.

Aside from his playful demeanor and his handsome smile, Winston is actually a growing celebrity icon on Instagram, with a following of over 200K on Instagram.

Honestly, I was quite perplexed, Tina Kim, Winstons owner, said to The Daily Beast while she was playing fetch with him in her Manhattan apartment. It turned into a business that we totally did not anticipate. If I have to be honest, my husband and I are little bit overwhelmed just because social media is not our usual space.

Kim is a 32-year-old health policy professional at The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the creator of Winston the White Corgi on Instagram.

While most Pembroke Welsh Corgis come in five colors (red, red-headed tricolor, black-headed tricolor, sable, and fawn) with a white trim, Winston is an extremely rare type of Corgi who has an all-white coat.

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Winston is just one of the many dogs who have become social media and pop culture icons, changing the lives of their owners, both personally and professionally.

Alex Taub, the co-founder of SocialRank, a social media analytics company and website, told the Daily Beast that the trend of creating a social media account for a pet started at the peak of Facebooks rise in the early 2010s.

Owners would simply post pictures of their pets on their personal profiles. From there, outsiders who saw the pictures and wanted more content expressed their interest via likes, comments, and shares.

This in turn pushed owners to open a separate account for their pet, allocating a special space dedicated to this specific content. When Instagram rose to popularity, owners and dog-followers alike took to the social media platform that was made specifically for photography and videos.

I feel like Instagram, at least your feed, is a different world than a lot of other things, Taub said. When you open up your Instagram account its usually pretty and flowery, and theres a cute dog. People follow dogs because theres an aspect of escape.

Aside from Winston, other popular dogs on Instagram include Loki the Wolfdog, a husky, wolf, and malamute mix at 1.7 million followers, Jiffpom a Pomeranian with 8.1 million followers, and Tuna Melts My Heart, a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix at 1.9 million followers on Instagram.

Other popular Instagram dogs that are up and coming include Chloekardoggian with a following of 154K, Agador aka the PoochOfNYC with 121K followers, and Tibby the Corgi, who surpassed Winston with 230K followers.

People just loved the way he looked, Kim explained of Winston. When we first got him in 2012 he was gray and white. Over time he turned lighter, and those who are familiar with Corgis were asking us why our Corgi was not the typical color.

Although Winstons rare white coat definitely helps him stand out from other Corgis (which is a genetic mutation not purposefully bred), other dogs on Instagram that are more famous than him had to rely on constant branding and content creation to be where they are now.

For example, Doug the Pug, the self-proclaimed King of Pop Culture, has over 10 million followers across all of his social media platforms, and even has his own book and line of merchandise.

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Its changed everything, Leslie Mosier, Dougs owner, told The Daily Beast over the phone. Because of Doug, the relationship between my fianc and I developed, and weve grown a business together. We travel the world together and it has been amazing.

Mosier got Doug from a reputable breeder in 2012, and has managed Dougs presence as her 24/7 job. Because of Dougs immense popularity he has made appearances with celebrities like Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber.

Mosier attributes her background in marketing and graphic design as the reason why Doug, who is just a regular pug, was able to become such a celebrity.

I had all of Dougs social media pages looking really professional and branded, Mosier said. We kept capitalizing off of the growth and kept putting content out.

Doug first went viral in March of 2015 when Mosier posted a video of him running around a park in Nashville. Doug had a pug balloon tied around his waist, and the song Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend played in the background.

When Mosier woke up the next day, the video had over 20 million views on Facebook, and Dougs follower count had also risen.

My husband Rob and I realized that people like the photos, but they really like the videos, Mosier said. So that weekend Rob and I brainstormed what other videos we could make. We made a video of Doug dressed as Harry Potter and called that Harry Pugger. We posted that video and we got another 20 million views.

The couple continued to make parody videos of popular TV shows like The Walking Dead and Stranger Things with Doug as the star. After creating dozens of videos spoofing pop culture, Doug ironically became a pop culture sensation. Because of his immense following, Doug has also collaborated with huge brands such as Dominos for a short video promotion, and Target in order to promote and sell his merchandise.

I think its awesome because all of these big brands are starting to realize the impact influencers, Mosier explained. Now its to the point where its become such a normal thing within social media culture to have brands that prefer to have a post on Instagram rather than creating a commercial on TV because youre reaching to so many more people.

While Winston may not have as large of a following as Doug, Kim has approached, and has been approached, by companies such as PetSmart and Honest Kitchen to have Winston be a sponsor for them.

We are very mindful and making sure we dont put him in situations where hes uncomfortable, Kim explained, addressing criticism that she is exploiting her pet. If we try something new and he doesnt like it, we would stop. Thats where we have to be parents and dog owners first before we decide were going to through with an idea.

An indication of any truly successful account is the presence of any sponsorships, or source of income from content. Companies enjoy advertising on animal accounts since there is little risk involved when the mascot of a company is an animal.

Inherently a dog wont go on a platform and be racist or sexist, Taub explained. Youre not going to have a Tiger Woods scenario or a melt-down, or any major problem because a dog poses in photos the owner puts them in.

This branding can also extend into philanthropy work, which is something Julie Steines and her 3-pound therapy dog named Norbert have extensively built their platform on. Norbert the Dogs brand and goal is to bring positivity to the internet, whichwith a following of over 600K on Instagramhe can reasonably claim to have done successfully.

He has changed my life in literally every way you could imagine, Steines said proudly. I met my husband because of Norbert, I now have a daughter because of him, and I now started my own company.

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Norbert is a Chihuahua, Cairn Terrier and Lhasa Apso mix. Steines adopted Norbert through PetFinder in 2009 when he was four months old. After one year of training with Steines, Norbert became a registered therapy dog.

Because of his cute face, small frame, and calm demeanor, Steines and her mother felt that he would be perfect for a childrens book. So in 2013 the duo teamed up and published Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? The book went on to win 9 book awards and became the first in a series that featured Norbert.

My brother told me that everyone loved Norbert and that his book was so great that I should start a Facebook page for him, Steines recounted. I was like OK sure! not thinking much about it and I did. I just started sharing photos of him, and it was wonderful to see that people thought he was cute.

Steines put Norberts therapy dog license to use by having him volunteer at hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and other establishments to bring comfort and love to those who need it. Hes currently a volunteer at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Like other Insta-famous dogs, Norbert has been sponsored by many companies. One of Norberts most successful collaborations involved Toys for Tots. For every plush toy of Norbert that was purchased, one was donated to the foundation, totaling at over 4,000 donations.

If we collaborate with any brands or companies on anything we always want to make sure its a good fit for Norbert and aligns with what we do. Steines said. If theres something we believe in thats worth sharing, I think its great for us to do it. But its certainly not the focus of Norberts platform.

Despite all of the notoriety and benefits that come with having an influential dog, owners are very well aware of the short life-span of their pet.

Most of these owners tend to take things on a day-by-day basis, and have admitted that while the future is uncertain, their dog will leave a lasting legacy. In Winstons case, Kim would like to perhaps give him a closing tribute video when he passes on.

We do think about it, but certainly not in a business way, Kim said. The future of Winston the White Corgi is unknown, but we would certainly want to think of ways to celebrate and extend his legacy.

It is not entirely uncommon for owners of social media pets to create legacy animals. These animals, which are usually the same type of animal as the previous one, are brought onto the same social media account as the previous one in order to continue producing content for followers.

People have asked if were going to get a legacy dog or a sibling for Winston after he passes, Kim said. Were not thinking about it in that way. All we know is that we have a dedicated number of followers who love Winston and are invested in him.

Taub explained that this business really is a dog eat dog world.

Theres a lot animal accounts, so I do think its over-saturated already, he said. I dont think its going away anytime soon. However, accounts that dont create good content, or are spammy or annoying, will go away. Like most industries, the winners will continue to thrive.

Despite the competition he is facing on social media, Winston does not seem to mind, or really care even. That does not mean to say that Winston has no drive or focus. In reality he does have his eyes on the prize, or rather the tennis ball Kim tosses around their apartment which he catches in his mouth with excellent timing and grace.

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Chrissy Teigen mourns her dear departed dog with a lovely Instagram tribute

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Chrissy Teigen‘s beloved dog, Puddy. 

The model, actress, social media goddess broke the news on Instagram Wednesday with sweet pictures of her and Puddy that included a long eulogy to a family member that meant a lot to her, John Legend, and their daughter Luna. 

Today our baby, Puddy, has gone on to the pup heavens. John and I got Puddy in our first year of dating, when I convinced him half-birthday presents were a real thing. 10 years ago, on May 30th, I found the dog that would be there for us through every up, down, new house, new city, new tour, new travel. He welcomed new pups and loved on new babies and new bellies. He was there for everything. Every time I needed a taste tester, someone to kiss or needed to sob into his stinky rolls, he was there. It’s true what they say. We are their entire lives and it is the greatest shame that they can only bless us with a short spark of time in ours. I always knew I would lose a piece of me when he left us. I feel the hole now. I will love you forever, my boy. My heart aches. Thank you so much for everything, everything.

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“John and I got Puddy in our first year of dating, when I convinced him half-birthday presents were a real thing,” she wrote in the Instagram caption. “10 years ago, on May 30th, I found the dog that would be there for us through every up, down, new house, new city, new tour, new travel. He welcomed new pups and loved on new babies and new bellies. He was there for everything.”

She continued by sharing movies and pictures of Puddy’s life. Like his marriage to Pippa.

And Puddy’s love of little Luna. 

I love you. I will miss you every day.

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Rest in peace, Puddy. 

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US Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Rescued 90 Dogs From Korean Dog Meat Farm

Gus Kenworthy, 26, is an American freestyle skier from Colorado who recently made headlines after rescuing 90 dogs from a dog meat farm in South Korea while participating in 2018 Winter Olympics.

In 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympics, Gus found two stray puppies near the Olympic Village and had to go through a long process to get them to America with him and now he took upon himself to save even more dogs.

“This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” he wrote on Instagram. “Across the country, there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home.”

Together with his boyfriend Matt, Gus decided to take one of the dogs home. “I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!” 90 other dogs from the farm are taken from the facility to the United States and Canada for adoption with the help of Humane Society International.

Even though there are many more pups in bad conditions, every little attempt to help counts and it’s so great that there are some amazing people, like Gus, who use their platform to spread awareness and help.

Gus Kenworthy, 26, is an American freestyle skier from Colorado

He recently made headlines after rescuing 90 dogs from a dog meat farm in South Korea while participating in 2018 Winter Olympics

“This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” he wrote on Instagram

“Across the country, there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable”

“Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture”

“And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here”

“The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty”

“Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home”

Together with his boyfriend Matt, Gus decided to take one of the dogs home and named her Beemo

“She’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks”

“I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!”

90 other dogs from the farm are taken from the facility to the United States and Canada for adoption with the help of Humane Society International

It’s so great that there are some amazing people, like Gus, who use their platform to spread awareness and help

We need more people like Gus in this world!

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Woof! Watching Isle of Dogs with a cinema full of canines

They were howling in delight at a pooch-friendly screening of Wes Andersons new film in Edinburgh

Scruffy, a sociable yellow labrador, enjoys lying on the couch watching westerns (because of the horses) and Match of the Day (because of the ball), but is only now, at the age of 10, making his debut trip to the cinema. The reason? To attend a pooch-friendly preview of Wes Andersons Isle of Dogs at the Cameo in Edinburgh.

Im hoping that he will behave, says Scruffys human, Rory, adding, as if in reassurance: Hes well house-trained.

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Id give it a canine. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

This sold-out screening is a first in the city (Picturehouse had a run of dog-friendly showings around the UK on Sunday). The cinema has laid on water bowls and blankets. There is not much of a queue for popcorn; when the picture begins, biscuits and dried pig ears will be brought out from bags.

In the foyer, gazing up at the chandelier, is Gordon Kanye Westie, a west highland terrier, shortbread-tin cute in a tartan bow tie. He is here with Fiona, a teacher, who uses the Dugs app on her phone to identify which pubs and other businesses are dog-friendly. She has been lobbying the Cameo to hold these screenings. When Gordon was a puppy I was basically housebound, she recalls. It was like having a newborn baby, and I was missing loads of films.

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Kennel of you be quiet? Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Within the auditorium are dogs of every sort. The largest, a newfoundland called Luna, seated front and centre, is the approximate size of the MGM lion. The smallest, a terrier cross called Pedro, has enjoyed a Hollywood ending of his own. The heart-shaped white mark on his forehead is apt; Wendy and Rhona, an Edinburgh couple, discovered him as a starving stray while visiting the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite in Cyprus, and brought him back to live with them in Scotland where he enjoys climbing mountains and, now, attending the cinema.

The lights go down. The ears perk up. Isle of Dogs is a gorgeous stop-motion animation with a cast of impeccable pedigree: Bryan Cranston is a blue-eyed mongrel; Tilda Swinton a visionary pug. Whenever an animal howls or growls on screen, which is often, there is an answering bark from the audience. Mostly, the dogs behave. Some seem bored. The phlegmy pant of a French bulldog soon becomes a phlegmy snore.

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Whos playing the lead? Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

As the film ends there is barking and applause. Wagged tails bang the backs of seats. Satisfied customers include Tobermory, an eight-year-old lab, named for the whisky not the Womble. I had wondered, while perusing Tobermorys Facebook page like a sort of Canine Analytica whether this really was his first trip to the cinema. Records show that he went to see Murder on the Orient Express on 5 November last year, and considered it to be mince. This, however, turns out to be the opinion of Bob, a barman and waiter who updates the page and whom the dog has brought along for company.

I thought this film was fantastic, says Bob. And Tobermory? He had a bit of a sleep.

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Look At This Starving Stray Dogs Amazing Transformation

The staff of the Tulsa Animal Foundation found Bella, a 1-year-old lab-terrier mix, three weeks ago when she was spotted eating out of a dumpster in an abandoned lot.

Her fur was matted, her ribs were showing, and she shook whenever anyone touched her. Her condition was appalling; after a few more days, who knows what would have happened? But then the hard-working, compassionate employees of the TAF did something absolutely amazing:

Who is that handsome hound? It didn’t take long, but thanks to her rescuers, Bella is completely transformed. A few weeks ago, she was covered in flies, with rashes and sores on her tiny canine body, but now she has a bow on her head. Simply beautiful!

It shows you just how far a little love can go. And while we can’t stop bad things from happening, kind-hearted people will always be there to save the day.

Bella is up for adoption, so anyone interested in giving this adorable pooch even more TLC should fill out an application!

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This man kept his dog dry from rain with a tiny straw hat

They really are man’s best friend.

Alilee Shalom Galilee caught this precious interaction at a market in Davao City in the Philippines. 

Although it was lightly raining, this little dog stayed dry with the help of its owner. After loading the pup into his bicycle basket and tucking it in with a plastic bubble wrap cape, the owner pulled out a tiny straw hat and securely fastened it around his dog’s head. 

Once he made sure his furry friend was safe and dry, he cycled away. 

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