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Bert's Outta the Bag: Instagram's Favorite Pom Models 12 Fall Bags

Story by Justin Moran / Photography by Nathan Kraxberger

Every year, around 8-12 million companion animals enter animal shelters across the country, according to PetFinder, and of those approximately 5-9 million are euthanized (60% of dogs and 70% of cats). Bertram the Pomeranian, otherwise known as Bertie Bert the Pom on Instagram, was among those abandoned millions for being "too big to sell" at 5 months old, until he was quickly adopted by Kathy Grayson in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Grayson, who owns a contemporary art gallery called The Hole NYC, began chronicling their lives together on Instagram, creating a distinct personality for Bertie that now nearly half a million people have come to follow every day. The Chocolate Pomeranian looks more like a teddy bear than a real dog, and went viral when Grayson dressed him in a look-alike Paddington Bear costume. The rising star then appeared on several international Morning Shows and the Rachael Ray Show, wearing that iconic red hat and blue toggle coat.

On Instagram, Bertie's nickname is "Bobo," and he's documented daily doing the things he loves most: Traveling the world with his best friend Grayson (or "Stupid Kathy"), playing dress up, visiting his fans at the local dog park, snacking on cheese, chilling in any sized container that holds water to "cool his undercarriage," sleeping, and playing fetch at The Hole. (Bobo does not love baths, although he looks adorable taking them.)

With Fashion Month kicking off this week in NYC, PAPER invited Bertie to shoot his first ever fashion editorial, featuring 12 designer bags from favorites like Christian Dior, Fendi and Versace. Shop everything, below, follow Bobo on Instagram (@bertiebertthepom), and visit PetFinder.com for more information on how to adopt.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior Book Tote Bag

Chanel

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Onthego Tote Bag

Fendi

Fendi Peekaboo

Versace

Versace Top Handle Bag

Miu Miu

Miu Miu Backpack

Valentino

Valentino Cross Body Bag

Gucci

Gucci Zumi Small Top Handle Bag

Chloé

Chloé Crocodile-Embossed Handle Bag

Jacquemus

Jacquemus Le Chiquito

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta Large Basket Tote

Prada

Prada Nylon Cargo Top Handle BagPrada Nylon Cargo Small Tote

Photographer: Nathan Kraxberger
Photographer Assistant: Marion Grand
Prop Stylist: Chelsea Volpe
Model: Bertram the Pomeranian

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