His regal highness Phil

Named after a prince but treated like a king, Prince Phillip is lucky enough to get three walks a day with owner Sofia.

“I walked him at 5.30am, then we normally get out again around 3.30pm when I finish work. I will probably take him out again after dinner,” Sofia said.

Sofia rescued the seven-year-old Jack Russell from an animal shelter three years ago.

“He was already called Prince when I got him, but my mum added Phillip,” she said.

Prince Phillip lacks no energy, as he sprints up and down Flagstaff Gardens chasing after his chew toy, even though he accidently ate half a loaf of banana bread that day.

Sofia says that he is “toy obsessed,” adding that tennis balls have a very short life span when introduced to Prince Phillip.

28-year-old Sofia is in the process of opening up a new café named Frances in Franklin St in the coming months.

Teaming up with her brother, the duo are following their parents’ footsteps, who have previously owned restaurants in Melbourne.

“Prince Phillip occasionally gets to spend time with my parents up the coast at their house in Inverloch. He loves the bush and all the space he gets up there,” Sophia said.

The café Frances will focus on making a great cup of coffee, and aims to use mostly local produce from the Victoria Market nearby.

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