Viv Rosenberg and her dog Basil

Viv and Basil are well known along the Ponsonby Strip - she is the manager of the Ponsonby Business Association.

How long have you had him?
Since he was a little puppy.

What breed is Basil?
Miniature Schnauzer.

How did you come to choose Basil?
Our beloved Max was a miniature Schnauzer and after he died we wanted someone similar.

How did Basil get his name?
He’s named after Basil Fawlty for obvious reasons. Next one is a little girl called Sybil.

What is your favourite thing to do together?
I’ve ‘lost’ my kids to overseas adventures so Basil has become my dogchild and we’re together most of the time.

Does Basil have friends?
Apparently so, if his Barkley Manor Report is anything to go by! He’s a super-friendly dog.

What does Basil like to eat?
Everything he’s not allowed to! He’s on a raw food diet from Raw Essentials and I’ve just discovered Radical Dog Treats (from Askew). They’re made from tart cherries, organic and full of antioxidants. They’ve made his coat really shiny!