These heart-warming pictures show the moment two adorable dogs were captured with their mouths flapping as they were taken for a cliff-top walk during a gale.
Cocker spaniels Bracken, eight, and her daughter Winnie, three, were on their walkies with owners Gary and Liz Millington when they were hit by heavy gusts of wind.
Gary, 54, and Liz, 43, snapped the moment and were blown away by the response online as fellow dog lovers told them the hilarious snap had made their day.
The couple, from Blackpool, Lancs., had taken their beloved pooches for a walk on the cliffs at nearby Bispham on Sunday when the wind picked up.
Gary, a wedding DJ who has been out of work during lockdown due to the cancellations of parties, said the moment provided some much-needed light relief.
He said: “We had just parked at my sisters and were going for a walk on Bispham rocks.
“The wind was howling and we were just in fits of laughter at them, they looked hilarious, it looked like they were gurning, we couldn’t stop laughing.
“We took a few pictures and posted them to a Facebook page we’re part of for Cocker cpaniel lovers and people went crazy for it.
“Everyone was saying how the picture had made their day and made them smile, it was great.
“My wife is a radiographer at the NHS so she is usually taking photos that make people upset. This is the opposite end of the spectrum.”
The Black and Tan Cocker Spaniels resembled legendary comedian Les Dawson, who was famed for his gurning facial mannerisms and retired to nearby Lytham St Annes.
Gary’s posted a photo of the pair with the caption: “It’s a bit Breezy Up North Today! The Flapometers cannot handle it so the Chopometers have taken over!!”
Flapometers is a reference to dogs ears flapping in the wind, but Gary said his dogs went one better as it was so windy their mouths were measuring wind speed.
The post attracted hundreds of likes and comments with people declaring their love for the windswept pooches.
Brenda McCrary commented: “This is so cute and funny. Good laugh this morning.”
Aileen Fairbotham said: “What’s for dinner? Sausages.”
Sue Chandler added: “Love it.. such gorgeous dogs”, while others suggested Gary should enter the dogs into a competition.
Gary added: “If we can make people smile in these uncertain times then great.
“I’ve spent a lot of time during lockdown on the phone to heartbroken brides who have had to cancel their wedding days.
“It’s been awful, but it’s nice to find something to smile about where you can.”