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By Leslie, Carna4 Communications

This month we dined with Zoey, a beautiful and inquisitive four-year-old Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle cross). Zoey joined the Narvali family some five months ago to fulfill a long-standing ninth birthday promise. She has quickly made herself at home in the family of two daughters, aged 13 and 15, joining in the girls’ preening rituals and competing for attention from papa John.

Like the other canines we’ve met, wet food is off limits for Zoey to help keep her pearly whites, pearly. Treats are also kept at bay, with the exception of the odd biscuit. Essentially, this “primadoga’s” daily diet entails one bowl of vet-ordered dry food, which Zoey delicately takes out of her bowl at intervals throughout the day. This diet, plus walking 2.5 miles (4 km) a day keep this beauty at a perfect 10 pounds (4.5 kg).

On an ideal day, Zoey enjoys a feisty game of Frisbee, followed by a swim in the cottage lake and even the car ride home. But skateboards strike fear in this tender pooch.

Since her arrival, she has made a few friends among dogs her size but prefers the company of human folk (as a visiting Shih Tzu recently discovered when he was growled away).

When asked about her best characteristic, John, a professional photographer, cites her striking good looks. (She has of course taken the top dog spot among his roster of super models.) As for emerging talents, John says she can read people and has quickly assumed the role of deciding which of his daughters’ male friends make the grade or not.

Zoey still hasn’t settled on a favourite meal for her birthday but we might recommend Carna4, as it is the “gold standard” in dog food.

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