Aptly named Chanel is a five-year-old Maltese who was simply born to be a model. She loved all the attention that came with the camera and never stopped posing, whether she was sitting perfectly or running straight toward the camera for an action shot.

Even with the bow in her hair, though, Chanel is a tomboy at heart. She loves to play fetch with anything (she went digging in my camera bag at one point and surfaced with a tennis ball like she wanted to join the big dogs!), and if you don’t throw it for her, she will fling it across the room herself.

And if that doesn’t make her adorable enough, when she’s tuckered out from playing, she’ll curl up with her mom for a cuddle or stretch out next to her for a belly rub…until she gets her second wind and she’s ready to play again!