Get to know Char­lie, a sweet, scruffy dog who lives with writer and stylist Jes­sica Bellef

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Char­lie is a rugged lit­tle ras­cal who’s seen a lot of ad­ven­ture in his short life­time. Now, this sweet boy has found a home right where he truly be­longs. Where did you meet Char­lie?

At an an­i­mal shel­ter in Western Syd­ney. He’d been through a few homes be­fore be­ing found on the street and taken there. He was a ner­vous wreck when we first met him. Luck­ily he’s chilled out since.

What breed is Char­lie, and why did you choose him?

He’s a patch­work of breeds. Ter­rier mixed with kelpie and dressed as a Ger­man Shep­herd. We wanted a cheeky dog who’d help us take life less se­ri­ously. Char­lie was the per­fect match.

Is Char­lie’s tem­per­a­ment a lit­tle rough like his ex­te­rior?

Not at all. Char­lie is funny, cu­ri­ous and kind, and he can laugh! When we’re play­ing, this lit­tle guy likes to have a good gig­gle.

Could you de­scribe a day in the life of Char­lie?

He spends his day loung­ing in the sun, yelling out howdy to the neigh­bour’s dog oc­ca­sion­ally. In the evening he’ll lap-hop be­tween Beau and me.

Has Char­lie in­spired your work at Tem­ple & Webster?

He has been in the spot­light on a few photo shoots. Be­yond that, his un­tidy and charis­matic look re­minds me to keep my styling work a bit rough and un­done.

What would he rep­re­sent as an in­te­rior style?

Vin­tage style. Pre-loved, with all the knocks of a past life. Just like him.

A kind soul “His coat may be rough and un­ruly, but un­der­neath he’s a sweet crea­ture with a real sen­si­tive side,” Jes­sica says. Pet nameChar­lie’s full moniker is Charles Barkley. He was named af­ter an Amer­i­can bas­ket­baller. Side by sideIn the af­ter­noon Char­lie and Jes­sica like to go for walks to­gether along the jetty. Take a walk Tiggy leather leash in Black, $49, Nice Digs. Play house Huts and Bay black zip stripe pet teepee tent, $145 for small, Tem­ple & Webster.

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