Instagram diva Toast the rescue dog stars in new photo book

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 5:11 AM

The pup with the floppy tongue and faithful social media following is out with her first book, a collection of swanky, beachy photos, "ToastHampton: How to Summer in Style."While, yes, Toast would rather be carried than walk on her own four paws, and yes, she prefers bottled water over tap, the ruby Cavalier King Charles spaniel with the substantial wardrobe is also a visible advocate for a excellent cause: ending inhumane puppy mills and encouraging humans to adopt older pets through rescue organizations.

Instagram diva Toast the rescue dog stars in new photo book

There was too much sun, swimming, eating and zooming about in Jaguars and private helicopters, but Instagram diva Toast the dog took the Hamptons latest summer and lived to write about it.

The pup with the floppy tongue and faithful social media following is out with her first book, a collection of swanky, beachy photos, "ToastHampton: How to Summer in Style."

While, yes, Toast would rather be carried than walk on her own four paws, and yes, she prefers bottled water over tap, the ruby Cavalier King Charles spaniel with the substantial wardrobe is also a visible advocate for a excellent cause: ending inhumane puppy mills and encouraging humans to adopt older pets through rescue organizations.

Toast was rescued from a NC mill in two thousand-eleventh at age five or six. She was a breeding mom who lost all her teeth to decay, allowing her tongue to chronically escape her mouth — her signature trait on Instagram. Her human mom and "dogager," Katie Sturino, keep Toast'south first photo up on Instagram about two years ago and far she went below the handle @toastmeetsworld.

While Toast is number Kim Kardashian in the social media numbers game, she's amassed about 350.000 followers on Instagram. Now, she models for fashion and photo shoots, including a stint as the fuzzy face of Karen Walker'south eyewear collection for spring 2015.

Oh, and Toast married fashion editor Amanda Hearst'south dog, fellow rescue Finn, in Jan wearing a custom Marchesa gown and dripping in $175.000 worth of borrowed diamonds. The pleased couple raised money for Friends of Finn, Hearst'south organization to fight puppy mills and lift awareness on how to discover mill dogs.

"Everyone who meets Toast falls in like with her," Sturino said in a recent interview.

When Toast found her forever family with Sturino, and dad and fellow Instagrammer Josh "The Overweight Jew" Ostrovsky, she was in horrible shape. Her teeth were infected and her coat was a ratty mess, Sturino said, but "she was smiling. She charmed us from day one."

Presently she rules the roost at residence in downtown Manhattan, lording over fellow Cavalier rescues Underpants and Muppet.

"Toast is definitely the diva of the house. She's the most accidents on the floor. She does literally whatever she wants. She'south fully capable of jumping up and down off of the bed yet she just stands there and barks," Sturino said, smiling. "She wears Ralph Lauren through the all book. She definitely gets much better perks than I do."

So how did Toast appreciate the Hamptons?

"She loves to get a chopper to the Hamptons. She's number time for traffic," Sturino joked.

And her favorite restaurant there: Moby'south in E Hampton for the kale salad.

As for Toast'south wedding, "It was a nicer ceremony than my own," Sturino said.

About three hundred guests toasted Toast and Finn at a Manhattan hotel. There was cake. Lots of cake.

"Toast'south mom ate a lot of cake. I don't know what else happened," Sturino joked.

In addition to the book, out May twenty-four from Harper Design, Toast and her mom will lend their testimony to a proposal in NJ to finish pet store sales of dogs and cats from puppy mills. A piece of proceeds from the book will go to Friends of Finn, Sturino said.

"I've gotten so many emails from people saying I was about to purchase a dog from a breeder but I rescued because of you," she said. "That'south been really, really incredible for us to watch."

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