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When I was scrolling through the “available dogs” looking for their “forever homes” on the MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue website, one caught my attention. With perfect posture, “Tyson,” a red Boston with white markings on his legs that looked like he was wearing boots, was gazing squarely at the camera, head held high with pride.
A week later, he was mine. I embellished his already-assigned name so he became Tyson Barkford, a nod to the model Tyson Beckford and a tribute to my little model-looking doggie. And, since he’s a Boston, a breed with the tagline “American Gentleman,” he, of course, has a collection of bow ties that snap on to his collar, which help to compensate for this ungentleman-like behavior (farts, snorts, snoring…the time he got expelled from doggy daycare).
So when you have a dog named after a model—or any cute dog, for that matter— it’s natural to want to take a ton of pictures and pose with your four-legged BFF. Let’s be real, our dogs have got some paw-parazzi following them on social media because pet pictures > political posts any day.
But getting a dog to sit, stay and pose while simultaneously looking at the camera yourself and snapping the selfie is no easy feat. (*Trust me, I’ve cracked many iPhone screens in the process of documenting my life as the butler to a dapper dog).
Enter the dog selfie stick. Yup, there’s now a smartphone accessory to elevate your dog’s selfie game. It costs $10.50 and is designed for iPhone and Galaxy smartphone models, but works with most smartphone cases. It comes with a squeaker ball to command your dog’s ultimate focus and attention. Plus, a portion of sales from the Pooch Selfie is donated to help shelter animals.
The Amazon reviews documenting how this selfie sticks transforms dogs into models are great.
One example: “Wow! I can finally take a photo of frenetic Corgi that isn’t a blur.”
Another? “My Labrador Retriever stood up at attention and held it a long time. I photograph ‘Buddy’ wearing cute hats and ties. This will make the photo shoot so much easier. He’s handsome for making greeting cards. A star is born!”
Ahem, Tyson Barkford, it sounds like you’ve got some competition now.