If you had asked us yesterday how we felt about Instagram models, we would have shrugged and said, “Meh.” It seemed like social media influencers just pose in front of pink walls, shill detox tea, and overuse hashtags. But that was yesterday and we were terribly wrong. We have since found Instagram models that have restored our faith in both social media and, well, life. 'Cause obviously, we are talking about dogs.
The dog models of our dreams are none other than English Staffordshire terriers Darren and Phillip, collectively known as The Blueboys. Like all models (Instagram or otherwise), these dogs are shockingly gorgeous. With shiny blue-tinted grey fur, kind eyes, and dopey-yet-endearing smiles, it's hard not to fall in love with these handsome lads. And as if being super-photogenic weren’t enough, these Staffies up the ante by being world-class cuddlers.
According to their human companion Jennifer McLean, Darren and Phillip are natural snugglers, and are never more than a few meters away from each other. It’s hard to believe these two puppers are not brothers, but Jennifer and her now husband (then fiancé), got Darren first and didn’t welcome Phillip into their home until the following year. Since Phillip’s arrival, the two pups have been inseparable, always cuddling up together in different, increasingly adorable combinations. Jennifer—who is also a photographer—knew she had to share their cuteness with the world, so in 2013, the Blueboys Instagram was born.
Early on, Jennifer must have sensed the canine duo’s flare for fashion, because she began dressing them in dog clothes. Being natural-born models, Darren and Phillip loved being gussied up and posed perfectly for her photos. Not content with the meager offerings of dog clothes on the market, Jennifer soon upgraded to baby clothes, with the dogs favoring cozy baby onesies. Jennifer then leveled up the dogs’ style once again, this time producing her own line of dog clothes. The Darren and Phillip collection features smart, preppy dog hoodies—and, of course, signature dog onesie pajamas. You can even buy yourself a set of pajamas to match your pup!
But even better? Darren and Phillip are not just fur fashionistas: they are also fur-lanthropists. Twenty percent of the proceeds from their clothing line go to rescue groups all over the world. Through their clothing line and other fundraising they have already been able to donate $50,000 to charity!
To Darren and Phillip we say, thank you, sweet dogs, for your charity, for bringing a smile to our faces, and for restoring our faith in Instagram models. We would buy DIFF Eyewear from you any day.
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