Compact Companion

Whether snuggling in your bed or racing through an agility course, the silky, sprightly Maltese just wants to be close to you.

Chadwick, Gracie, and Carsey bear a just-too-cute resemblance to identical stuffed toy dogs — matching black button eyes and noses, silky-soft coats of purest white, curious expressions.

But you won’t find their fond owner, Joanie C. of Arizona, getting them mixed up, especially because each of her animated Maltese flaunts his or her own uniquely lovable personality. Angelic Carsey, at 15½, craves approval and would never dream of doing anything wrong. Gracie, 10, wears the princess crown in the family.

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