It’s fair to say that the elf dog puts most of the other attempts we’ve seen at festive pet dress-up to shame.
Sure, there have been some decent attempts out there, but what we see here goes beyond, both in terms of commitment and attention to detail.
In a year that hasn’t been the best, to put it mildly, Linda Kush has attempted to bring some Christmas cheer by photographing her two dogs, Roxie and Riley, in a variety of poses. A former dog trainer, she has been involving her dogs in her photoshoots since 2018.
One has Riley, sporting antlers and a red nose, pulling a festive-looking Roxie along on a sled, accompanied by some presents and a helpful (actual) elf.
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Elf Dog on the shelf pic.twitter.com/1VGwF9Cru0December 10, 2018
Another has Riley sat at a table, toasting the festive season by doing the same to a marshmallow. Evidently wary about the prospect of leaving Riley alone with an open flame, Roxie is at hand, fire hat and hose at the ready.
One more highlight: Riley getting his annual haircut, courtesy of Roxie. Judging by how still he is, he obviously knows better than to move around while Roxie is wielding a pair of scissors.
Speaking to the Metro, Linda said that thanks to the dogs’ seemingly unending patience, “Each image takes no longer than five minutes to complete.” Sounds like time well spent to us.
Needless to say, the dogs have been a hit. With another little helper due to join in their photoshoots - Roxie’s seven-month-old sister, Reka - there’ll be plenty more where this came from in the years ahead, and Linda clearly enjoys the positive impact they’re having.
“My dogs are my world, and it’s lovely to know we have made so many others smile.”
Steve has combined editing and writing for publications like SciFiNow, How It Works and All About History with being a doormat to various cats and dogs. He lodges with two moggies called Giles and Willow, and will be told off if he doesn't mention his girlfriend's magnificent pooch, Toby.
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