TEACHER'S PET

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER JU­LIA POUND TELLS US WHAT IT’S LIKE LIV­ING WITH MEL­BOURNE’S MOST DAP­PER TOY MAL­TESE-POO­DLE CROSS TEDDY

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WE ARE FAM­ILY TEDDY, 8, LIVES WITH JU­LIA AND HER PART­NER AN­DREW IN THEIR COLOUR­FUL FITZROY HOME. @IAMDAGMAR AND @FRENCH_BY_JUJU

Dog talk Be­fore find­ing Teddy, Ju­lia and An­drew would spend most evenings metic­u­lously de­scrib­ing to each other dogs they had seen dur­ing the day. Ju­lia says, “It be­came a bit non­sen­si­cal to be so ob­sessed and not own one, so it seemed nat­u­ral we add a pooch to our fam­ily.”

TEDDY IS ONE STYLISH DOG, AND HIS SAR­TO­RIAL CHOICES STOP MOST PEO­PLE IN THEIR TRACKS.

From his jaunty bow tie col­lec­tion to his quirky taste in har­nesses, this per­son­able pooch makes pals wher­ever he goes.

If Teddy was a hu­man, what type of per­son would he be?

Ex­actly like he is now: highly strung, neu­rotic, joy­ous and a gifted ball-catcher. He’d also prob­a­bly drink sparkling wa­ter and watch a lot of TED videos.

What’s the cra­zi­est thing you have ever done for Teddy?

He once jumped out of the car win­dow as I was turn­ing right on a busy road. I stopped my car right then and there and ran out into on­com­ing traf­fic to save him. Ba­si­cally, I risked my own life for the silly lit­tle bug­ger!

Teddy has to have one of the most stylish ca­nine wardrobes in Mel­bourne. What’s his go-to out­fit?

His favourite is a checked green and white bow tie, styled with a ma­roon and navy pais­ley har­ness. It’s a bit wrong and clashy, but he’s so hand­some he ac­tu­ally pulls it off.

What do you love most about Teddy?

The way he looks back at me with a big smile on his face while we’re out walk­ing, as if to say, “How great is it to be alive?!”

What’s Teddy’s worst house­mate habit?

Prob­a­bly star­ing at me like a weirdo while I’m in the bath.

Does Teddy have any trade­mark quirks?

He’s an ex­pert at spot­ting other an­i­mals on television, re­gard­less of whether the sound is on or not. He’ll recog­nise any non-hu­man, liv­ing thing and start bark­ing ma­ni­a­cally un­til we change the chan­nel. Who­ever said that dogs can’t see TV was mis­taken!

Now be hon­est: where does Teddy sleep?

On our bed in be­tween us. I won’t lie, it’s an­noy­ing, but I’m afraid he’s def­i­nitely the one who calls the shots around here!

Warm wel­come Teddy loves hav­ing guests and he doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate. “He’ll snug­gle up along­side all who visit, whether he’s met them be­fore or not,” Ju­lia says.

Friend with ben­e­fits Ju­lia says Teddy has con­trib­uted greatly to her over­all well­be­ing. “He’s made me health­ier and less self­ish. I was in dire need of both of those life im­prove­ments at the time we got him.”

Fun facts Teddy’s full name is Lit­tle Ted Pound-Lacey, his favourite brunch spot is Napier Quar­ter in Fitzroy and the last show he binge-watched was The Hand­maid’s Tale.

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