Interior designer Jean Liu took some time to find the right dog. Please meet Comet, the cockapoo.
Still a puppy, Comet got loose during this photo shoot. Photographer Jonathan Zizzo was able to wrangle him to finally get this shot.
“I’ve had two dogs, and we lost both of them within a month of each other,” says interior designer Jean Liu. “I’d never had a dog before and I wasn’t prepared for how hard it is to lose a pet.” After taking a yearlong mourning period, Liu did a thorough Google search and came up with a cockapoo breeder that would yield a dog many describe as hypoallergenic. “I’m allergic to dogs and cats,” Liu explains. The year-old pup is a cocker spaniel-poodle mix, and his weight will hover at just about 20 pounds—a size unlikely to waver considering his love of apple slices. Twice a week, Comet can be found at Liu’s interior design studio in the Design District, but he’s mostly at home playing companion to Liu’s 8-year-old daughter, Cricket. Once he proves he’s trustful around the home, Comet will be permitted to sleep in Cricket’s room. How’s that going so far? “He’s shredded one of my Fortuny pillows already, but I just looked at him and laughed. I may have killed anyone else in my house. He’s got good taste.”