Striking poses and championing a paws cause in the process, Instagram icon/puppy mill survivor Toast has unleashed a new book that will help dogs in need turn the page to a new chapter in their lives.
Once subjected to a life in the shadows of North Carolina puppy mill, since her rescue and subsequent adoption in 2011 by comic Joshua Ostrovsky and Katie Sturino, tiny Toast has stepped away from the darkness of her past and into the spotlight. As a famous Fido, she’s has hobnobbed with Hollywood stars and stepped in front of the camera for modeling campaigns (including a collection of Karen Walker eyewear that raised funds for pets in need), and now she’s sharing photos of herself enjoying the good life in order to aid a good cause.
Published by HarperCollins, ToastHampton: How to Summer in Style is a 128-page coffee table book by Katie Sturino (Toast’s human Mom) and Katie Lee. The book showcases the 10-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel soaking up the sun at the pool, getting ready to chow down at a posh restaurant, stopping by a local bookstore and watching the ocean waves roll by.
A celebrity as sweet as she is successful, Toast and her family are donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of the book to Friends of Finn. Established by socialite/animal advocate Amanda Hearst, the committee (which was named in honor of Heart’s canine companion, who was once a puppy mill dog) partners with The Humane Society of the United States in an effort to end the cruelty of the puppy mill trade. Since its start in 2010, Friends of Finn has raised more than $1.5 million to help dogs in dire need, and its famous founder has educated the public about the dogs’ plight in a variety of ways, among them joining The Humane Society of the United States as more than 60 dogs were rescued from a North Carolina breeder.
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