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.

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!

Hudson and Bertie for River Island

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River Island have recently started an exciting new venture into dog clothing and accessories and contacted PetLondon Models for two dogs to promote the new range . They required two friendly, photogenic pooches who matched the specific sizes of the products. Lots of our fabulous dogs were suggested, and after much deliberation, the two lucky pups selected were Bertie the Pug and Hudson the Shih Poo.

Bertie the pug is no stranger to the camera, having previously taken part in a shoot for Mattel. He loves to work with other dogs and is very well socialised, and has an impressive skill set for such a young pooch. Shih Poo Hudson is as equally as friendly and talented, and when he is picked up he will wrap his paws around you and cuddle back! Both dogs are very happy modelling clothes, which comes across in the photos as both pups look very comfortable in the range of stunning garments.

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Bertie looking festive in the RI Dog Christmas Jumper

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Bang on trend: Hudson in Khaki Green Bomber Jacket

The exclusive River Island Pet Apparel Collection features nine items, including cable knit sweaters, a bomber jacket, collars and matching leads. Hudson and Bertie look fantastic in the clothes, and did a great job of showing off the new range.

There has been a lot of media attention surrounding the RI Dog launch, with several articles released from publications including The Independent and The Daily Mail. The images of Bertie and Hudson also appeared on ITV’s Lorraine, promoting the collection and showing off some of the wonderful photos from the shoot. The collection has so far proved incredibly popular, with sizes selling out fast and people taking to social media to share their excitement.

The RI Dog range is available both online and in selected stores, including the flagship branch on Oxford Street. Sizes come in Small, Medium and Large, and are perfect Christmas gifts for your canine friends!

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River Island Dog Collection at the Oxford Street branch

Further images from the shoot can be found on River Island’s website under RI Dog.

Great job Bertie and Hudson, you both performed outstandingly!

Dobby for Racecourse

The Beverley Racecourse contacted PetLondon Models seeking a very special hound to attend their annual Ladies Day event. They knew exactly which breed they were looking for! A Dachshund who would be wearing a specially fitted ‘Dasch Cam’ during the event. We got to work and sent them details of all our Dachshund models who fit this brief. The job was to take place in East Yorkshire near Hull.

After some contemplation the lucky chosen dog was to be DOBBY. This rather famous little chap is a great personality and loves going on adventures.  Still under one years old, Dobby has a great list of special skills and tricks and already has several model jobs with PetLondon under his belt.

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There was a lot of press interested in Dobby’s attendance at the event and several articles were published surrounding the story. The public were very excited for the chance to meet Dobby at the races. Normally when Dobby leaves the house he is always being stopped by people wanting to say hello to him and he is somewhat of a celebrity in his local town.

3Dobby was looking very handsome on the day of his event and set off from the Midlands with his owner wearing a very dapper bow tie that would be sure to impress the ladies.

Upon arrival he parked up and came onto the grounds where he was introduced to his co-star Rosie and had his special camera pack fitted.

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Dobby loved exploring the Westwood course and meeting lots of new people. Dobby’s assignment was to capture all the glamour of the races on his ‘Dasch Cam’. Thousands of attendees had dressed up in their finest attire, hoping to get spotted for the best dressed competition. Dobby made his rounds all the way around the racecourse, sniffing out all the best looks (and shoes!) to be found. All this was captured to create a fantastic social media video that we are delighted to share with you below.

Cooper for FEARLESS

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A fun job request came in from the University of Northampton. They knew exactly what they were looking for! A Blue/Grey French Bulldog with a white patch on his/her chest to open and close their fashion show and to be the star visitor for the event.

We were provided with a copy of their invitation that featured a French Bulldog that they were trying to match as closely as possible. We had a couple of options for them to choose from that fitted this precise brief. After exchanging several model profile details and checking availability with some of our dogs and handlers the chosen Frenchie was the very lovely Cooper !

This was a great choice. Cooper is extremely friendly with everyone, very well socialized and used to lots of people around him. He accepts cats, very friendly with all dogs and loves children. He is very relaxed in busy environments. He can sit, shake, stay and give paw and learn special requests .

Unlike some of our jobs, this client was very well organised and left of plenty of planning time, so Cooper had quite a while to get ready for his trip and look forward to the event.

On the day of the show, Cooper and his handler travelled up on the train from London. They arrived to find that Cooper was presented with a specially prepared and branded dog coat so that he would match the theme of the evening. The colour really suited him.

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Cooper loved his raincoat!

Cooper had a specific schedule and plenty of time to relax, rest and enjoy meeting everyone. Everyone was very excited to meet with him before the show started and lots of people wanted to take pictures with him of course.

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Cooper is a very well behaved and boy and was able to roam freely around the venue taking in the sights and showing off his new coat.

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Cooper was the star of the event and everyone absolutely loved him. When it was time for the show to start Cooper took pride of place at the front of the show.

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The client was very happy with the the models performance and even dropped us a message saying  “Just a note to say that Cooper the French Bulldog was a complete success, he did everything and more that we needed him to do. Cooper welcomed our VIP Guests on the steps of the University, then moved to the Art Gallery, then he queued up for an ice cream and then walked to the front of the Marquee and laid down in exactly the spot we wanted him to – PERFECT!”

Well done to Cooper for a very successful assignment and on being able to being smiles to so many faces 🙂

Arthur for DogBuddy

A fun and very hands-on  job that came into PetLondon HQ was one requiring a medium sized dog with lots of personality and the ability to do various actions including some active jumping on set. The assignment was for DogBuddy. They are a company that will find Dog sitters, Dog walkers and Dog boarding services near you. Dog Buddy aim to provide a comfortable and caring home from home.

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DogBuddy were planning a big campaign shoot for a some promotional images to appear on the London Underground. Their campaign message was all about promoting the fact that you would not spend your holiday in cage so why should your dog?

Once a full brief had come in with all the actions required and that the dog should have a very expressive face, we set to working matching up the perfect PetLondon Model for this unique shoot. Lots of of options went back and forth but it was Arthur who was chosen in the end as the perfect model. Arthur is a three and half year old Labradoodle. He is a happy-go-lucky dog who absolutely love attention and meeting new people.

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Arthur arrived at the studio very excited and ready to get his perfect shots. He had a quick prep and got to know everyone on set including the crew and make-up-artist. We do not really use make-up on the animals but this made for a fun picture and Arthur enjoyed being pampered!

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Arthur really enjoyed all the attention being on him and could not wait to get started in front of the camera. He knew he was the real star of the day.

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Arthur has done several theatre rolls and is very well trained in Agility, he often competes in outdoor shows. He was more than willing to show off how fun it was to jump over his hurdle. In post-production the hurdle could be edited out to show Arthur’s action leaps.

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Arthur took everything in his stride and had an excellent time! He loved all the attention on set and had a fabulous adventure.

Look out for his friendly face on the London Underground, he is sure to make you smile.

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#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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Waiting Patiently for the Camera Crew to get ready….

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.”

Visit Us At DOGFEST!

DogFest is coming up! If you are unsure of what the festival is about, checkout their website here: http://dog-fest.co.uk

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The DogFest event is Hosted by  by Channel 4’s Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick. A great day out for dogs and dog lovers, the show is sure to be full of fun things to do such as action activities, shopping, displays and loads of competitions and things you and your dog can take part in. There will be agility and even dog dancing! You can also speak to experts for advice about your pet.

REV12419On June 25th and 26th, PetLondon will be at DogFest in Windsor, UK’s summer festival for dogs. We will have a stand selling a range of our fantastic products. You can pick up some great bargains and special offers at the show as well as view some new exciting product launches.

 

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PetLondon Models will also be present at DogFest, on the stand next door. They will be scouting the grounds for talented canines to join the UK’s Leading Pet Model Agency. Hopefuls can come onto the PetLondon booth (booth #272) for an exclusive 5-minute chance to show off their skills. The animals will participate in both still shots and film footage. After the show, PetLondon Models will select the top 50 most talented pups to join the agency with a complementary membership.

 

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The lucky chosen dogs could become the Next Top Models for brands like Virgin, Mulberry, Vogue, Stella McCartney, Disney and so much more. This could be their chance to work with some famous British and Global brands. Owners won’t want to miss out on this FREE and exclusive opportunity.

 

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  • Rare and unusual breeds
  • Photogenic qualities
  • Unusual, or advanced skill sets
  • Family groups (i.e. family groups living within the same household)

 

Come along to our stand #272 and say hi!

For a chance to win 2 FREE tickets to visit us at DogFest, comment below and tell us a little bit about your beloved pets at home. Two winners will be chosen. Each winner will receive a pair of FREE tickets to DogFest. Winners will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Corgi Trio to Celebrate the Queen’s 90th

To celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, Vauxhall developed a special Astra this year to pay homage to the Her Royal Highness. It features some amazing added extras, including a retractable red carpet, specially designed corgi booster seat and unique decals.

In order show off the fantastic car to its full potential Vauxhall called on PetLondon Models to supply a group of Corgis for their photoshoot. We had the perfect brothers on the books for such a booking. Sebastian and Xavier are seasoned models who have attended many previous shoots and their new brother Edward had just joined the family recently. This happy trio were the perfect match to star in the royal Astra photoshoot

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It was to be a very early start for the boys! They had to be ready at Buckingham Palace in the wee hours of the morning at 5am in order to avoid the hectic London traffic and tourists.

They arrived to find the very special Vauxhall car waiting for them. This unique vehicle had been fitted out to make sure Queen Elizabeth II and her Corgis would have everything they could ever need to be looked after in the royal manner.

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It was a great shoot and the boys really enjoyed having the spotlight on them!

Full spec for the Royal Astra includes; ‘Corgis On Board’ sign displayed on rear windscreen, Corgi booster seat, Union Jack cushions, Retractable red carpet and ‘Liz & Phil’ front windscreen sun visor strip and the doggy Windscreen wiping waving hand.

The boys took part in various shots including sitting inside and outside of the fantastic vehicle. They loved all its features that were so perfect for their breed! They posed for some group shots and also had some solo appearances.

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Her Majesty has been a Vauxhall owner for more than 50 years, with all her cars finished in Balmoral Green – a bespoke deep green colour not normally supplied by Vauxhall. ‘MYT 1’, Her Majesty the Queen’s 1961 PA Cresta Friary Estate was a personal favourite, serving the royal fleet and containing a number of interesting features like fishing rod holders built into the roof and a gun rack.

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The Vauxhall Astra is an iconic Brit-built car which has been a fixture on our roads for over 35 years. With one in four Brits having owned or driven an Astra during their lives, the Astra can be considered a legendary part of the British car industry.

 

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!