With a flair for the finer things, this sassy little Maltese always puts her best paw forward.
“Pup-please” let me introduce myself. My name is Coqueta La Diva, and I’m the superstylish Maltese companion to realtor Karina Veliz, who spoils me with an oh-so-lavish life. Perhaps you’ve seen me at South Coast Plaza or The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Yappy Hour rolling in my pink sparkly Bentley stroller—outfitted with a “Bedazzled” license plate to boot. You could say my taste runs on the luxurious side. In my 10 years, I’ve acquired an impressive wardrobe, which includes more than 200 outfits—embellished sequin dresses, custom designer clothing made of the finest fabrics and even handpainted Louis Vuitton carriers.
My typical day begins with a hair brushing, outfit and accessory selection, a full hairdo, a spritz of perfume from my collection, a lathering of Espree Natural Paw Balm, vitamins and fresh breath spray. Then, I head to the office with Karina, where I lounge on my royal luxury dog bed while waiting to greet clients.
To keep up my good looks, I have standing weekly appointments at Healthy Spot in Costa Mesa. My beauty routine at the full-service spa includes a “paw-dicure,” moisturizing paw rub, shampoo and conditioning treatments, massages, a blueberry facial and oatmeal scrub. And after a long day of pampering, I indulge in organic fare from JustFoodForDogs.
While my self-care regime keeps me youthful, I still look forward to my birthday every year. Karina invites around 150 of our two-legged friends and their furry counterparts to a fabulous fete. All dressed up, we enjoy a dog treat buffet and multitiered cake, and all my friends receive toy gift bags. Then there’s our 18-piece band, a DJ, a sandbox for us to mingle in as we enjoy the lively entertainment and a videographer to capture all the magical memories. While it’s an exclusive gathering, you can catch a glimpse on my Instagram account, @coquetaladiva. I’ve heard I’m quite the poser.
Photography by: Ashley Barrett