Wednesday 7 December 2016

'World's prettiest dog' is an online star due to her luscious locks... but she's retiring soon

Helena Horton

Published 24/10/2016 | 09:02

Her hair is as glossy enough to feature in a shampoo advert Credit: Facebook/Luke Kavanagh
Her hair is as glossy enough to feature in a shampoo advert Credit: Facebook/Luke Kavanagh
The majestic Afghan hound Credit: Facebook/Luke Kavanagh
Tea has now gone into retirement Credit: Facebook/Luke Kavanagh

Tea the Afghan Hound has been named the world's prettiest dog by her adoring fans, who love her luscious locks.

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The 'supermodel' dog from Sydney became an overnight social media sensation due to her glossy hair.

She is a highly decorated show dog and well-admired in those circles but had never before experienced such social media fame.

Her owner, Luke Kavanagh, posted a picture of  her on Facebook and was surprised when it got scores of likes and shares.

The majestic Afghan hound Credit: Facebook/Luke Kavanagh
The majestic Afghan hound Credit: Facebook/Luke Kavanagh

In the photograph, she sits gracefully on a bench with her hair on full display, as she stares thoughtfully into the distance.

Mr Kavanagh told NewsLocal: "Even our weekend walks draw a crowd. She pretends she doesn’t need the attention, but she definitely loves it, just like any supermodel.

"I guess people were mostly drawn to [the photo] because of her silky coat coupled with that dignified look that Tea has, but that’s just her being her."

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Tea's social media fame managed to land her a modelling deal for dog food and another for dog shampoo.

The pooch was apparently a "natural" at modelling and animal acting, and "numerous" companies have approached Mr Kavanagh to ask if he can use her image.

Tea has now gone into retirement Credit: Facebook/Luke Kavanagh
Tea has now gone into retirement Credit: Facebook/Luke Kavanagh

However, the dog is now going into retirement as an actor because the preparation time was too much for the pair to handle.

Her owner said: "Her retirement is due to no other reason than I reached a point where showing (grooming and show day) was taking me away from spending time with my family and I want to prioritise them over campaigning my dog"

"I have such a special bond with Tea & we have shared a lifetime of wonderful moments together. 

"On show day she exemplifies Afghan hound, she is dignified, aloof and most certainly displays a keen fierceness. At home she is such a character and really loving her retirement.

"Whether she's naked or draped in the finest of silk gowns, Tea will always be my queen."

Telegraph.co.uk

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