SO MUCH CUTE: Meet the #DogsofABT

February 28, 2016

There’s something verrrrry special about the dancer-dog connection.

I mean, yes: Every person with a beating heart loves puppies. (Every person worth knowing, anyway. If you’re a dog hater, BYE.)

But dancers seem to have next-level bonds with their four-legged friends. They let them take over their dressing rooms. They deck them out in tutus. They teach them choreography.

Recently, photographer Elias Weiss Friedman—also known as “The Dogist” thanks to his series of fabulous doggie portraits—discovered that dancer-dog relationship amazingness. Specifically, he discovered the #DogsofABT, a crew of adorable furballs belonging to the artists of American Ballet Theatre. And believe me when I say that these dogs fully merit their own hashtag.

Friedman visited ABT company class to photograph the #DogsofABT in their natural habitat. The results were as stupidly cute as you’d imagine.

I mean, JUST LOOK at Lua, principal Marcelo Gomes‘ 12-year-old daschund, who “likes to do the Giselle lift”:

A photo posted by The Dogist (@thedogist)

Feb 26, 2016 at 6:17pm PST

Or Hudson, an Old English sheepdog we want to SQUISH:


Or corps dancer Lauren Post’s Shih Tzu mix, Pickles, who “knows to settle down” when she hears the piano in class:

A photo posted by The Dogist (@thedogist)

Feb 26, 2016 at 8:43am PST

(If Pickles touches all the softest parts of your hard little heart, you need to follow her Instagram, @omg__pickles, immediately.)

Or just squee over the full #DogsofABT class portrait:


Enjoy the whole series on The Dogist’s Instagram and Facebook pages. And if you need more delightful dogginess to get you going this Monday, I’d suggest a standard #DogsofABT search on Insta. You won’t be disappointed.

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