Shih-tzu Instagram star, 10, who loves snacking lands a modelling contract

A camera-happy pooch who loves posing for pictures has turned her owner’s hobby into a business after signing a modelling contract. 

The ‘little Diva’ Willow and her owner Heidi Gibbons, 22, from Cleeethorpes, Lincolnshire,  spend hours each day posing up for Instagram – but they’ve now been snapped up by an American pet boutique company. 

The Shih Tzu is like most dogs who ‘love snacking and walking’ says Heidi – except the photogenic pooch boasts nearly 12,000 followers on Instagram. 

Camera-happy pooch Willow, who loves posing for pictures has turned their hobby into a business after signing a modelling contract. She is pictured here in pyjamas with her own merchandise

Camera-happy pooch Willow, who loves posing for pictures has turned their hobby into a business after signing a modelling contract. She is pictured here in pyjamas with her own merchandise

Camera-happy pooch Willow, who loves posing for pictures has turned their hobby into a business after signing a modelling contract. She is pictured here in pyjamas with her own merchandise

'Little Diva' Willow and her owner Heidi Gibbons, 22, (pictured together) from Cleeethropes, Lincolnshire, spend hours each day posing up for Instagram - but they've now been snapped up by an American pet boutique company

'Little Diva' Willow and her owner Heidi Gibbons, 22, (pictured together) from Cleeethropes, Lincolnshire, spend hours each day posing up for Instagram - but they've now been snapped up by an American pet boutique company

‘Little Diva’ Willow and her owner Heidi Gibbons, 22, (pictured together) from Cleeethropes, Lincolnshire, spend hours each day posing up for Instagram – but they’ve now been snapped up by an American pet boutique company

The confident dog turns 10 later this year but still wags her tail like a puppy when she knows she’s getting dressed up for a shoot. 

Midwifery student Heidi said she’d always taken pictures of her best friend but it quickly turned into an obsession – snapping over 12,000 shots of her in the last year alone. 

The hobby turned into a potential career for the pair last December after US pet boutique store Aki-oka offered the pair a modelling contract. 

Willow will now be featured wearing various dog apparel on their website and Instagram page. 

The shih-tzu is like most dogs who 'love snacking and walking' says Heidi - except the photogenic pooch boasts nearly 12k followers on Instagram.

The shih-tzu is like most dogs who 'love snacking and walking' says Heidi - except the photogenic pooch boasts nearly 12k followers on Instagram.

The shih-tzu is like most dogs who ‘love snacking and walking’ says Heidi – except the photogenic pooch boasts nearly 12k followers on Instagram.

The midwifery student said she'd always taken pictures of her best friend but it quickly turned into an obsession - snapping over 12,000 shots of her in the last year alone

The midwifery student said she'd always taken pictures of her best friend but it quickly turned into an obsession - snapping over 12,000 shots of her in the last year alone

The midwifery student said she’d always taken pictures of her best friend but it quickly turned into an obsession – snapping over 12,000 shots of her in the last year alone

Ms Gibbons says she never expected her dog to spark so much interest but now believes she’s got star potential. 

She said: ‘She’s my best friend and I was completely obsessed with her – I’ve always taken loads of pictures of her and put in her different clothes.

‘She really loves being in front of a camera, and she’s always up for it and she’ll do lots of cute poses. She’s a bit of a diva.

The confident dog turns 10 later this year but still wags her tail like a puppy when she knows she's getting dressed up for a shoot

The confident dog turns 10 later this year but still wags her tail like a puppy when she knows she's getting dressed up for a shoot

The confident dog turns 10 later this year but still wags her tail like a puppy when she knows she’s getting dressed up for a shoot

The hobby turned into a potential career for the pair last December after US pet boutique store Aki-oka offered the pair a modelling contract

The hobby turned into a potential career for the pair last December after US pet boutique store Aki-oka offered the pair a modelling contract

The hobby turned into a potential career for the pair last December after US pet boutique store Aki-oka offered the pair a modelling contract

‘I just loved taking pictures of her – I never expected her to receive so much interest from modelling agencies.

‘I didn’t expect any of this when I started the page, but she loves doing it. She’s a born star.’

Little Willow was a Christmas present from Ms Gibbons’ parents in 2010 – and the pair have been inseparable ever since.

Ms Gibbons took to Instagram to share pictures of her beloved dog in 2014 and amassed 3,000 followers within three months.

Willow (pictured) will now be featured wearing various dog apparel on their website and Instagram page

Willow (pictured) will now be featured wearing various dog apparel on their website and Instagram page

Willow (pictured) will now be featured wearing various dog apparel on their website and Instagram page

They now have almost 12,000 followers and revealed they received four modelling contracts to date.

The pouty dog loves the glitz and the glam that comes with her fame – but Ms Gibbons says she will only put on clothes that she considers fashionable and has over 30 different dresses to choose from, as well as matching accessories. 

‘She’s the most pampered little girl, she goes to the groomers every six weeks. I brush her every day and I’m always buying her new toys and accessories.

‘I’ve spent more time and money on Willow than I have on myself.

Ms Gibbons says she never expected her dog to spark so much interest but now believes she's got star potential. Pictured in their local park

Ms Gibbons says she never expected her dog to spark so much interest but now believes she's got star potential. Pictured in their local park

Ms Gibbons says she never expected her dog to spark so much interest but now believes she’s got star potential. Pictured in their local park

Little Willow was a Christmas present from Ms Gibbons' parents in 2010 - and the pair have been inseparable ever since

Little Willow was a Christmas present from Ms Gibbons' parents in 2010 - and the pair have been inseparable ever since

Little Willow was a Christmas present from Ms Gibbons’ parents in 2010 – and the pair have been inseparable ever since

‘She’s got about 30 different outfits and lots of accessories like bandanas, hair accessories, a pink dressing gown.

‘She’s even got her own little clothing apparel box.

‘She’s quite the fashion critic and there’ll be times where she doesn’t like an item of clothing and she’ll give me a scorned look.

‘She’ll make her opinions quite clear, but she’s got a particular fashion sense.’

The pair will have to work harder than ever to make it in the pet modelling industry but Heidi believes they’ve got the chops to do it.

‘This has taken over my life. It hasn’t been easy juggling uni and the page – it’s a full-time job.

‘I devote 30 hours a week curating her page. It’s been crazy.

‘But I love doing it as much as she does. I think she’s got the potential to make it big.’

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