Virgin-Dogs on a Train!

Virgin Trains contacted PetLondon Models with a very exciting job; six dogs and one snake would be taken on a train journey from London to Newark as part of their new advert, promoting Virgin’s pet friendly policy. Customers can bring up to two domestic animals with them on their Virgin Train journeys for no extra cost, so you can enjoy the festive adventures knowing your pets can be part of the fun.

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The lucky animals chosen were Eric, the Harlequin Great Dane; Darcey, the Poodle; Quincy, the British Bulldog; Atlas, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog; Dorothy, the Yorkshire Terrier; Maisie, the West Highland Terrier and Cleo the snake.

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The team assembled at Kings Cross, ready for their round trip to Newark. There was an wary morning meet and greet so all the animals, large and small could get acquainted and have a good sniff!

The train had a first class carriage reserved for the animals, making sure all the pets and their handlers were comfortable on their journey. PetLondon’s Animal handler Adam made sure the dogs were settled in and let them get used to their new and exciting surroundings before the shoot began.

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The photoshoot included lots of fun tasks, including the dogs playing board games, reading the paper and enjoying the view from the train window. Other shots included four dogs sitting in a pod of four and enjoying the journey together. The dogs were even served some special food and beverages and had their tickets checked by a Virgin Trains Inspector.

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The dogs seemed very relaxed on their journey, particularly Quincy who looked right at home having a well deserved lie down on one of the tables and Darcey who especially ended the view from the window and watching the world go by.

There was also a non-canine on this shoot! Cleo the snake also did a great job showing that Virgin Train’s pet friendly policy is not just for dogs. Cleo is a Royal Python who is four foot long. She is very calm and enjoyed all the limelight.

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All the animals involved did a fantastic job promoting Virgin’s pet friendly policy, and enjoyed their exciting first class adventure. Well done to all those involved!

#CatsOnaPlane

A recent and very top secret project we have been working on a PetLondon Models HQ was a multi-cat job involving some very unusual requests! The assignment involved a large group of friendly felines needed for filming on actual airplanes at an Airport.

This job was for both Thomas Cook Airlines and its sister Airline, Condor. The airlines wanted some cats to test out the comfort of their new Airbus 330 and Boeing 767 and to create entertaining, promotional viral videos. The resulting footage and images were to become part of the #CatsOnAPlane campaign. The campaign, which launches as part of a wider advertising initiative for Thomas Cook Airlines in both the UK and Germany, aims to highlight the airline’s belief that customers “deserve better” when flying on their hard-earned holidays.

Travelling with animals by air, especially with cats is very difficult when you live in the UK  so this was a unique and one-off experience for some of our models to try out being in the actual cabin of a plane!

The initial brief was very detailed. There were ten roles up for casting and PetLondon Models was asked to help suggest cats for each position. Each character we had to fill had a brief about their individual personalities. We studied the storyboards and cross-checked these against our books to see who would be fitting for each role. In the end a variety of options went over to the client for each of the characters to be cast and they then had the difficult decision of selecting the final few. For many jobs there is strong competition for each position and behind the scenes the clients are often choosing between a few animals for each role.

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Once word was in of the clients final choices, the excitement began for many of our cats and handlers. The filming schedule spanned nearly a full 24-hour period. Travel arrangements and schedules had to be carefully planned in advance and practise began for each cat to get used to what they would need to do on set.

First up we had Starina. She was chosen for the role of “Princess Pamper”. Having worked with Starina on many previous occasions we certainly agree this was the perfect character for her to play! “Princess Pamper (Pamps to her friends) is a lover of the finer things in life.She was chosen because she’s renowned for her demanding demeanor.For Pamps to be happy she requires a certain set of guidelines to be adhered to. If all her needs are met, it’s a smooth ride for everyone”

Starina is a very easy-going cat who is used to going on lots of outdoor adventures. It was her first time on a plane but she took everything in her stride and took some time to select her favourite seat!

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Starina Settles Into Her Preferred Seat

Starina enjoyed looking out the window and meeting all the crew on set. Once it was time to get filming, she was as ever, ready to perform for the camera! This sweet girl has the most stunning eyes, one blue and one green.

Here is the final footage of Starina’s filming that we are delighted to be able to share with you. The online ad shows Starina relaxing on Thomas Cooks newly refurbished A330 and has subtitles to show what she might be thinking.

 

Next, was the role of “The Stray Siblings”. There were several litters in the running for this position but in the end it was six adorable Chausie brothers and sisters who were selected by the client. Only three were used in the footage but they took the filming in turns and this enabled the babies to get some rest in between the swaps. They loved all the excitement though and could not get enough of their first big adventure!

“Ben, Jane and Alice Stray are 3 siblings. They’re well known as the toughest, most challenging and rowdy bunch of testers… and they know it. They know how to push the buttons of cabin crew and how to truly stress test the friendly customer service.”

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The Chausie Kittens enjoyed all the excitement of exploring somewhere new

Here is their final footage. As you will see, these babies truly enjoyed themselves, having time to explore and play, watch some in-flight entertainment and then after all that excitement, taking a nap with their teddy bear!

 

Next was the very distinguished Zinedine. Zinedine (nickname Zinny) was cast as “Quality Ken”. “Quality Ken is a total cynic, he’s hard to impress and he knows it. He plays his cards close to his chest – he hates to show anyone what he’s really thinking… even if it’s good!Ken’s lived a quiet life, he’s the eldest of 18 brothers and sisters…always the most reliable. He doesn’t often let his hair down. Ken is one of those cats who’s ashamed of his feline instincts. Behaving cat-like demeans the air of authority he has worked so hard to achieve.”

Zinny is a six year old male Persian from London. He is very confident with being an actor and enjoys meeting new people or trying new experiences. Arriving at the airport he was not phased by the hangar but did appreciate a cosy blanket to snuggle up in.

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IMG_4989Sweet Zinny is a most expressive cat and his film reel certainly demonstrates this and entertains viewers about the airlines newly refurbished fleet. He was so cosy and happy in his seat that he was quite miffed when it was time to leave!

 

Finally we had brothers Orpheus and Ryder. These Norwegian Forest Cats are the best of friends. They enjoy to do everything together and so this was a perfect opportunity for them to be side by side. They were both working on the Condor Plane.

Orpheus played the role of “Captain”. Captain is a more senior role and he is a well versed flyer who has flown with Condor for a lifetime. He enjoys the welcome and warmth hwereceives on every flight. Orpheus performed like a true pro as he quickly settled into the new environment and relaxed into his comfortable seat.

One lucky cat was chosen to travel business class and this was Ryder! With his stunning pure white coat he looked very elegant in his oversized and reclining seat and was able to fully stretch out. He even managed to operate the controls himself.

This project was a delight to work on for all the handlers, crew and animals involved. As a special sneak peak we have some behind the scenes footage to be able to share with you if you have have ever wondered how on earth his all gets put tougher

The fabulous collection of viral ads are currently being promoted across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tom Morey, senior group marketing manager at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: “No-one can assess comfort like a cat. They’re the hardest customers to please, which is why we wanted to test our new interiors with the best. And the results left the cautious kitties feline great.”

Boden Summer Holidays

Boden is a British clothing retailer selling primarily online and by mail order and catalogue. It was founded by Jonnie Boden in 1991 as a mail-order business. The company sells in several countries, with websites for the UK, US, Germany, and Australia

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The company designs bright, patterned clothes as well as casual basics. Its collections are made up of the Boden range for men and women, Johnnie B for older children and teenagers 9 – 16, Mini Boden for girls and boys aged 1 1/2–12, Baby Boden for newborns to three-year-olds and the maternity range; new collections are launched every spring and autumn, with further lines added in summer and winter.

The brief came in for a couple of lucky PetLondon Dog Models to star in their Spring/Summer  Campaign. At  PetLondon HQ we were given a  list of desired breeds and we set to work checking availability and putting forward a selection of animals for the client to choose from. The lucky chosen dogs were; Gizmo the Pug, Luna the Dalmation, Woody the Irish Terrier and Freddie the Parson Russell Terrier. They all headed of to a photographic studio in North Acton.

Upon arrival everyone got to meet the crew and it was clear that it was very fun summery “off on holidays” themed shoot. Our dogs were posing with their suitcases packed and their best summer gear to really get into the spirit!

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Gizmo is Packed and Ready to set off on his Summer Hols!

Gizmo the Pug who certainly has his own summer wardrobe and accessories at home was straight on set and happy to pose getting packed up or relaxing on a deck chair. This charming and very photogenic pug always delivers on camera.

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Freddie, is a eight year old Parson Russell Terrier. He is very good at posing for photos and has good obedience skills and agility. An active and fun loving boy he is food and toy motivated and  fantastic with children and other dogs. With his very symmetrical facial markings he is a perfect model to photograph.

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Luna has her hat & scarf and is clearly a seasoned traveller

Luna is a four year old Dalmatian. Luna is very experienced on set and in front of the camera, she is a delight to work with and a stunning example of the breed.

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Wolfie takes his time to pick the perfect pair of sunglasses

Last but not least, Wolfie is a four year old Irish Terrier. He is very calm and excellent at fetching and recall. One of his favourite things to do is to play with a ball and roll around in the garden with children.

All the dogs and handlers involved on this shoot really enjoyed themselves. It was a fun day at the studio. They all performed excellently and were given a glowing review from the client. Well done everyone, we think the snaps are fabulous too!

The images from the shoot can currently be found on Boden’s media channels; online, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“We were totally impressed by all of the dogs and handlers you sent us- the shoot went so smoothly and we got all of the shots we wanted!” Quote from Client emailed after the shoot

Bulldogs and Hummus!

A casting call came in for a great looking male Bulldog who would get on well with children and was able to literally eat out of their hands by licking their fingers! This job was for Sabra for a commercial they were filming in London.

PetLondon Models had the ideal Bulldog for this client. Sweet Louie is a loveable 5 year old English Bulldog who gives a great high five amongst a host of other skills. He resides in London with his human siblings who are both youngsters.

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Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is a U.S.-based company which produces food products including dips, salsa and spread and one of their most popular lines is their classic hummus.

The commercial was to promote “The Unofficial Meal™”. As they explained; Call it “The thing before the thing.” Call it “Appy hour.” Heck, call it whatever you want. We’ll call it “The Unofficial Meal™.” And we promise it’ll be the best-tasting meal of the day.

An upbeat and lively ad the cast consisted of a group adults and kids and the star of the show, a Bulldog named “Josephine” played by Louie.

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Louie was chilled out on set and was not phased by the lights or cameras, just like a true professional….

Louie tried out lots of different actions but the winning formula was his signature high five. We are delighted to share with you the footage below showing him in action.

Louie was loved by everyone on set and received a great review from the booking agency “Thank you so much to Sina and Louie today. He’s amazing, he was just wandering around being chilled and letting everyone pet him. Everyone loved him especially our American clients”.

Bulldogs and Louie in particular are in high demand (they are one of PetLondon Models top 10 requested breeds!) so watch this space to hear more about his adventures!

Harvey Nichols Menswear Launch

A dozen PetLondon Model dogs descended upon Knightsbridge to promote the launch of department store Harvey Nichols new menswear department that is selling clothes by 270 designers in Central London.

Harvey Nichols, founded in 1831, is a British department store chain with a flagship store in Knightsbridge, London. It sells fashion collections for men and women, fashion accessories, beauty products, wine and food.

To celebrate the grand opening of the newly refurbished and relaunched menswear department some talented dogs were called in from us. A total of three different breeds all in groups of four; Bulldogs, Greyhounds and Afghan Hounds. At PetLondon HQ there was a lot of preparatory work needed. We set to task putting together some quads who would be happy working together and also had to take a series of measurements that would be used to create some custom-made outfits for each dog.

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Since some of these breeds were especially tricky shapes, this called for some of the owners to get creative with their sketch pads and we were especially impressed with some of the submissions.

The event called for a very early start and some of our models set off very early in order to make it in time for the 7am meet and greet. This was a chance for all the dogs to get familiar with each other and for the male model appointed to each group to get acquainted with his animals. All the dogs were in high spirits and excited by all the fuss and extra attention they were recieving.

 

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First on the schedule was a photoshoot with a photographer outside the stores main entrance and also on the square to the side of the store. The dogs posed in their groups of four of a breed with the male models.

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From Left to Right, The Bulldogs; Queenie, Louie, Coco and Olive

Each dog’s outfit co-ordinated with what the human model was wearing. The Bulldogs that included sisters Coco and Olive, along with Louie and Queenie were wearing raspberry pink polo shirts and navy gilets.

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From Left to Right; Norman, Suki, Lurch & Jet

The Greyhounds’ outfit was our personal favourite, they were wearing tailored suits complete with shirt collars and ties. All of the dogs in this group were especially charming and friendly. They looked so professional and dapper and the colour scheme suited them perfectly.

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From Left to Right; Iraida, Lucca, Trieze & Louis

Finally, the Afghan Hounds in their bright orange cashmere. These girls and boys were from different owners but all related in that they all shared the same father. It was a great chance for a family reunion and there was much excitement all round. These dogs are show-stoppers, with their elegant flowing locks that were blowing in the wind, they were impossible to miss.

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A variety of fabulous shots were taken of all the dogs, both static and on the move. Many of these made it onto social media and into the evening press with a great response from the public.

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After the still shots next was a promotional walk around the perimeter of the store to hand out Harvey Nichols goody bags to the surprised but exceed passers-by.

PetLondon Models also took some behind the scenes footage. Here you can see the Greyhound group doing one of their walks outside the Knightsbridge store. A lot of passers-by did a few double-takes. Its not every day you see such a sight, even in London!

 

 

 

 

Poppy, Cover Girl for London Magazine

We had a lovely cover shoot for London Magazine last year using our French Bulldog model Harper and this year they approached PetLondon Models again looking for a fresh face to use for their March issue. This time the brief was for a white West Highland Terrier.

All of the PetLondon Models in this breed category were reviewed and the lucky chosen terrier was Poppy a gorgeous three year old from Worthing. Poppy has an excellent temperament and loves attention, she is also super cute in her profile pictures.

Poppy had a special bath right before the shoot to make sure she was as white as can be and was excited to be chosen for this opportunity.

Arriving on set it was clear why this breed had been chosen. The set was entirely white! The location was a stunning residential property where all the furniture, walls, carpets etc were all brilliant white. Poppy’s co-star  was a female model, you guessed it, all dressed in white.

Poppy was very patient and calm and posed for her two unique shots, one showing her in motion walking across a white rug and leaving a trail of paw prints as she went and another sitting to the side of the rug observing as the paw prints were hoovered up.

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Its always a special honour to be chosen for the front cover, especially for a prestigious publication. The London Magazine is all about hot property, cool design, heated debate. It is also classed as London’s largest circulation property magazine.

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Pearl of Peace for Harpers Baazar

Town & Country Magazine were in touch with PetLondon Models looking for a very special equine model to star in a shoot to celebrate the launch of the new Bond movie. The photoshoot was to held at Althorp House  Althorp is a Grade I listed stately home, estate and small civil parish in Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England of about 13,000 acres.

After proposing and reviewing several options a decision was made to use a stunning three year old stallion-Pearl of Peace.

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Pearl of Peace is a very rate double colt with a golden coat. He is one of the only to be bred in England. His gorgeous coat colour is known as isabelo and it literally shines like gold.  Pearl of Peace is a large and stunning horse and a fantastic temperament as well. He is bred to be a Grand Prix Dressage horse and at this young age is already showing aptitude. His grandfather is the number one dressage stallion in America and his half brother won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics.

After travelling up to Althorp House the evening before the big day, Pearl of Peace got settled in for an early start on the grands and met his co-model, Naomie Harris. The two got on very well and made a perfect pair to create some dazzling images.

Naomie Harris stars as Miss Moneypenny in the new Bond film, she portrays a unique new portrayal of an iconic Bond character.

The weather could not have been more perfect for the day of the shoot and sun was gleaming off of Pearl of Peace’s coat. Naomie shimmered too in a selection of ball gowns. Here is one of the delightful final images that appeared in Town & Country mAGAZINE.

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The client was thrilled with the end result and commented “Everything was perfect, Pearl of Peace was such a gorgeous colour in the sun, the weather was amazing“.

Loki for Aldi Christmas Campagin

PetLondon Models are often fortunate to land Christmas Campaigns during the busy winter months. Whether it could be promoting a pet product or simply adding some extra X-Factor to any type of product or service, animals are in hot demand around the holiday season.

We have to keep these jobs strictly under wraps until after Christmas because all the images and concepts are strictly top secret until the campaign launches. Now that Christmas is well out the way we would like to share with you one of our favourites from 2015. It was little Loki’s shoot for Aldi.

Loki is and adorable Cavapoo from London. She is Super-active and friendly with everyone, people and animals alike. Loki is not yet a year old but she has an impressive skill set that includes; sit, stand, high five, paw, rollover, stay and waits.
This little lady has a loving personality and is super loyal to her handler Heidi.

We first met Heidi and Loki when they signed with the agency and they came in to do a casting and some test shots. Loki was impecably behaved and we all agreed she was a professional in front of the camera.

Loki pulled off the classic over the shoulder pose right away during her first shoot. She also mastered some more tricky poses with the help of a puppy prop.

The casting call came in to PetLondon Models for a small dog to model Aldi’s Christmas range that included a matching jumper for dog and owner. After narrowing down their selection from a range of options, Loki was  the dog that was chosen for this assignment. We knew she could pull it off with no problems.

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Loki was a pro at showing off the lovely reindeer jumper and she interacted with the human model on set to create some lovely festive poses. Everyone on set agreed that she was a real star and their was some glowing feedback on her after the shoot.

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“I just wanted to give you feedback about Loki and her owner. Our client has said they were both AMAZING. Loki was so adorable, and so well behaved, and just fantastic really. The owner Heidi was also really helpful, and if it wasn’t for her, who knows how the shoot would have gone, but overall, they were simply thrilled with the both of them” Booking Agency Quote