By Katie Wong Hoy
This Maltese Cross Shih Tzu is Chareli’s Angel.
Escaping the hustle and bustle in Melbourne’s CBD, Chareli Seet and her dog Wira enjoy a quiet afternoon at Flagstaff Gardens.
Wira is a three-year-old Maltese Cross Shih Tzu that captured Chareli’s heart on the website Gumtree.
“I just wanted a dog and I just saw that the five puppies were quite cute so I had to have a look,” Chareli said.
Chareli is originally from Malaysia, moved to Sydney in 2007 and has now lived in Melbourne for nearly five years.
She works as a line cook in Fitzroy and likes to explore the city with Wira in her spare time.
“On my days off I try to bring him out when I am doing stuff … because otherwise I don’t get to spend enough time with him as well,” she said.
“[In Melbourne] You can just walk around and still discover new things every day.”
Wira certainly enjoys his city adventures, but he likes to play by his own rules.
“He likes to have a lot of walks and just play with other dogs. He tries to play fetch but he’s not very good at it … he brings it back but he won’t let go!”