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    I Wish I Bought This Face Mask With My Dog's Photo On It Sooner

    All other face masks step aside.

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    Hey there! By now you've probably seen the CDC's new guidelines recommending people wear nonmedical face coverings in public.

    A man and a woman wearing masks, standing apart, socially distanced.
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    These guidelines are in place primarily to protect people around you from droplets you might expel through breathing, talking, or coughing; even people without symptoms may still be at risk of spreading the virus. The masks don't have to be anything fancy — the primary functions are that they are breathable, cover your nose and mouth, and are tight enough that they don't leave loose space for droplets to escape. Ideally, face coverings will also be multi-layered — and even *better*, could include a pocket for a filter. But any kind of face covering is better than not having one.

    You can check out BuzzFeed's guide to the CDC's new face covering recommendations, which include answers to all your burning mask questions as well as tutorials for how to make your own!

    You've probably tried out a handful of face masks by now, but I'm about to introduce you to your new favorite.

    It's a lightweight, reusable, machine washable, and totally adorable cloth face mask I found on Etsy ($16). And here's the kicker: It has your pet's photo printed all over it.

    A face mask with photos of a Boxer dog all over it,
    TypeLeaguePress via Etsy

    I know. It's pretty amazing, and I bet you're already putting one in your shopping cart. But in the meantime, allow me to rave about it.

    Placing the order couldn't have been easier. I just bought the mask, sent a photo of my dog to the seller, and about a week later the mask arrived in my mailbox.

    Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

    The masks come in two sizes, one for adults and one for children. In retrospect, I should have ordered the child's size because I have an unusually small head, but the adult-size fit my husband perfectly. I put two little knots on my mask straps, and now it fits like a glove.

    Me, my husband, and our dog posing with our masks in a bathroom mirror.
    Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

    I find that some masks are too thick and suffocating, but this mask is very soft, stretchy, and highly breathable. It has two layers so I feel safe wearing it in public.

    Me posing with my dog while wearing my face mask with his photo on it.
    Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

    Can you see the resemblance?

    If you won't take my word for it, the other positive reviews speak for themselves.

    TypeLeaguePress via Etsy / Via

    "This is the cutest thing ever. The seller did a wonderful job and it was fast. It is very comfortable and definitely one of a kind in the mask world." —Sally

    "Very cute and soft face mask! I love it and have referred plenty of friends to buy the same one :)" —Abigail

    "The mask came out so cute! Looks just like the picture I uploaded and came out very clear! The mask is a great material and the quality is great!" —kem1490

    Get it from Type League Press on Etsy for $16 (available in adult and child sizes).

    Just remember — masks are not a substitute for social distancing! You should still maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance between you and other people when possible, and continue washing your hands and avoiding touching your face. Stay safe!

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    You can find more options in BuzzFeed's roundup of places to buy nonmedical face masks online, and check out BuzzFeed's guide to the CDC's new face covering recommendations for more deets.

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