By Niccola Anthony
Bella the adorable nine-year-old Cavachon – a mix between a Bichon Frise and King Charles Cavalier – lives up to the Italian meaning behind her name.
Owners Marni and Luke McNally have lived with Bella in Fitzroy for the past seven years. Originally starting out life with their fur baby in Sale, Gippsland, they’ve experienced a big transition to the inner-city lifestyle they’ve created for themselves in Melbourne.
Without the luxury of the large backyard they were used to in regional Victoria, the couple has grown accustomed to taking little Bella for her daily walk around either Carlton or Fitzroy Gardens.
“She loves coming to the park and having a walk. She’s energetic as soon as she’s outside the house,” Luke said.
On weekends in the springtime Carlton Gardens is brimming with oodles of dogs. But despite her friendly nature, the McNallys say that Bella is less likely to strike up a friendship with a fellow canine and more likely to seek out a hug from one of the many humans fawning over her cuddly appearance.
“Bella loves human contact actually, more so than [contact with] other dogs,” Luke said.
“She thinks of herself as our human baby, that’s probably the best way to describe her.”