Showcase Spotlights – Chinchillas

Jez, Mags and Mylo are three pedigree Chinchillas, some of our more unusual PetLondon Models. These exotic pets, were worshipped by Incas as they were deemed to possess  ‘an ancient wisdom’ far beyond any other animal. Chinchillas are hyper intelligent and on par with the smartest dog breeds, understanding lots of language and responding extremely well to teaching.  Their unique and differing personalities are easily observed, where their hopes and dreams, expressions and mannerisms can be captured on film forever.

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Jez has a unmatched composure, making him the perfect choice for any situation. He know he’s the best and wants to be the centre of attention; and with good reason, he’s the best behaved Chinchilla in the business. At home he’s a total romantic tucking himself into bed with his owner. Outside of modelling, Jez likes to keep himself in shape; reliable sources have said he’s a taskmaster when it comes to exercise, running faster and harder in his wheel, when his PT clients are slacking off.

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Sassy, feisty and princess like are the hallmarks of all world class supermodels; the same qualities in found in the beautiful female Mags. Her younger years were spent chasing away men, being in the limelight and everything had to be on her terms; but now she has mellowed into a veteran superstar. A total diva, she doesn’t tolerate incompetence, and neither should she.

The handsome chappie Mylo is the ladies’ man of the group, constantly playing kiss-chase and showing off to impress the ladies. Very placid with a ‘chilla’ personality, he loves being held; his treat is tickles under his chin.   His genetics are the key to his charm and success; in 2014 his Mum placed 1st at the National Chinchilla Society Show. Once when he decided that the stylist wasn’t up to the task for a Halloween shoot, he ran under a desk, to emerge moments later in cobwebs squeaking ‘I’m a Ghost’.

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The three Chinchilla models are the extremely splendid Brevicaudata species with the short ears, teeth and tails, along with their round fluffy bodies and super expressive faces. Pedigree Chinchillas have been severely underutilised across all media campaigns. Jez, Mags & Mylo know how irresistible and unforgettable they are. These endearing and unique exotics are sure to make an impact wherever they go.

Mucky Pup Teddy for Persil

Persil UK contacted PetLondon Models to find them a puppy to star in their brand new  #Willitclean online ads.  Persil is the UK’s leading brand of laundry detergent products and known both across Europe and international markets. They required one highly trained dog who wasn’t afraid to dirty and leave muddy puppy paw prints all across the set. After much deliberation and a casting video being the deciding factor between the finalists, the winner was chosen! It was superb Teddy a Cavalier cross Bichon, who became the star of the show.

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Ever since they first met, when Teddy was a three month old puppy; Teddy and Jade, his owner, have been the best of friends. Ever since he was at puppy training academy, he’s been praised by all for his eagerness to learn and his ability to pick things up very quickly.  The reward for learning new tricks is a winning combination of organic dog treats and his beloved tennis balls. Teddy’s passion for the fuzzy yellow balls is something to behold and it’s a well-known fact his love for them is second to none.

Teddy took to his new found stardom extremely well and produced a stellar performance; his chatty and vocal personality optimised by the cutest bark ever as seen in the advert itself. Teddy’s curious nature meant he got into a little bit of trouble when he started eating the pot of mud that was intended for his coat, but I think we will forgive him for being so utterly adorable.

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In the shot where his back is turned from the camera, Jade used his favourite toy to distract him as his  inquisitive mind wanted to explore the action that was going on behind him and the camera.

All in all, Teddy produced a top notch performance and enjoyed the whole experience. I don’t think anyone can resist being the centre of attention, surrounded by adoring fans and treats. We have been reliably informed that he can’t wait to get in front of the camera again to ‘wow’ audiences worldwide with his trusty tennis ball close by.

 

Marauding around Marylebone – The Ultimate Doggy Day Out

Nestled in the heart of London, Marylebone’s village-like atmosphere is the perfect place for a day out with your dog. PetLondon has been part of this community for over ten years; our showroom is a true-to-life Aladdin’s cave for all your doggy needs. The area is bursting with a variety of dog friendly activities and we want to share all the hidden gems with you. This is the only guide you will need for the ultimate adventure with your canine companion.

Start off your morning exploring Marylebone High Street, it’s a haven for shopping, food and culture – a perfect blend of individuality and character rarely found in a city centre.  This unique vibrant high-street is warm and welcoming, with a plethora of boutiques to explore as you stroll down the pleasantly bustling avenue.  Most of the shops are super dog friendly, but the winner all round has to be Lululemon – it hands out dog treats! We love their store, not only for their excellent range of premium quality and chic sports wear but also their ‘amour-propre’ laid back manifesto to life. It’s our guilty pleasure to indulge in some new apparel for the morning run with the dog. 

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After some well needed retail therapy, we implore  you to grab a luscious coffee at Coffee Fratelli’s on the corner of Wigmore Street, where the spacious seating outside is perfect to soak up some sunshine with your canine , and relax as the world goes by. Make sure to order their Cappuccino – it’s to die for! Don’t forget to visit us whilst walking up Wigmore Street. Our showroom is a paradise for dogs; we have a huge range of premium products, from grooming and garments to treats and toys. Just ring the buzzer of No.16,  we are on the fourth floor.

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With a new harness or lead in hand, head over to Paddington Street Gardens, located just around the corner, it’s a total hidden gem. Opened in 1886 by HRH Princess Louise, these beautiful public gardens are perfect for dogs and owners of varying energy levels to stretch their legs. This lovely secluded spot located between Marylebone and Baker Street is popular with local residents. Park dwellers  always seem to be  spotted relaxing on the deckchairs which can be hired, and these gardens are the home for the annual Marylebone’s Summer Fayre which takes place in June each year.  If you are visiting of a weekend, be sure to explore the nearby Marylebone Farmers’ Market which is filled with scrumptious goods from across the country with both locals and food enthusiasts alike sampling the best the capital has to offer.

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Whenever you fancy wander onwards to Il Baretto’s; their upstairs dining area is fully dog friendly. This lesser known spot is our hidden secret gem but we wanted to share this with you.  This restaurant is an ideal spot, to rest your feet and enjoy a spot of lunch. We have got to recommend fully their scrumptious Bufala pizza. It’s classically simple and authentic menu takes culinary influences from specialty dishes and regional produce of Italy.

Afterwards you must spend the afternoon perusing the  five floors of fashion and lifestyle goods at the globally renowned Selfridges, which is known for being extremely dog friendly. Just remember your companion has to be under-arm or alongside you in a carry bag!

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With so much to do, you consider staying a few nights in the area. For those visiting from near or far, we highly recommend The Langham. This prestigious and  iconic pet-friendly hotel has been praised by many for its excellent customer service for both owners and their pets and is ideally located to explore Marylebone. To top it off,  the glamorous Artesian  Bar has been dubbed the ‘World’s Best Bar’, winning  the coveted Drinks International Best Bar award for four years in a row.

We hope you enjoyed our suggestions for a dog friendly day in our beloved neighborhood.  We are proud to call Marylebone our home, it’s definitely the picture-perfect place to explore all year round, with plenty of fantastic shops and spaces no matter what time of year.