On­line dog fans lap up Tea

Pho­to­genic pooch en­joys her new-found fame on the in­ter­net

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Maryanne Taouk

SHE’S got style, she’s got grace, she’s also an afghan hound who has more on­line fans than most in­ter­net celebri­ties.

Look­ing at Tea, the fiveyear-old black afghan hound, there’s no won­der a photo of her from June this year went vi­ral, and has been shared more than a mil­lion times.

Owner Luke Ka­vanagh, from Oys­ter Bay, says his fam­ily are lap­ping up their dog’s celebrity sta­tus.

“We al­ways thought that she was far too pretty to keep at home,” he says.

“Even our weekend walks draw a crowd. She pre­tends she doesn’t need the at­ten­tion but she def­i­nitely loves it, just like any su­per­model.”

Tea en­joyed a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a show dog, but since her show re­tire­ment her pop­u­lar­ity has grown.

One picture of Tea re­turned more than a mil­lion hits on­line, with blog sites, Twit­ter ac­counts and com­pa­nies us­ing the im­age.

The photo it­self is “noth­ing spe­cial” ac­cord­ing to Ka­vanagh, with the fam­ily shocked by the re­cep­tion.

“I just did it one day af­ter her bath. I guess peo­ple were mostly drawn to it be­cause of her silky coat cou­pled with that dig­ni­fied look that Tea has, but that’s just her be­ing her.

“I was see­ing it on Face­book and Instagram all the time and peo­ple would tag me in posts or I’d get mes­sages from peo­ple say­ing ‘look your photo has been stolen again’ or ‘some­one is us­ing your photo to sell their prod­uct’,” Ka­vanagh says.

A few ad­ver­tis­ing com­pa­nies even ap­proached Ka­vanagh to use Tea as the of­fi­cial face of their brands, which

I guess peo­ple were mostly drawn to it be­cause of her silky coat cou­pled with that dig­ni­fied look that Tea has, but that’s just her be­ing her

sparked her se­cond ca­reer as an an­i­mal ac­tor.

“And it turned out she is a nat­u­ral,” he says.

Tea has now ap­peared in an on­line and TV cam­paign for Har­riot and Hounds’ dog per­fume and is the “spokes­dog” for Royal Ca­nine, the lux­ury dog food brand.

While the fam­ily have been rid­ing the wave of Tea’s new-found fame, Ka­vanagh says he is happy she is of­fi­cially re­tired, with no plans for tak­ing Hol­ly­wood by storm in the near fu­ture.

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