Not a dog in the manger?

PERFORMER Marisabel Bonet brought her No. 1 fan to last night’s carols by candlelight — her pet dog dressed as Santa.

Tobey, a toy rat terrier she imported from America, loves to howl along to the music.

“You just watch, he will howl when they start to sing,” she said.

The primary school teacher was right, but she had a motive for bringing Tobey.

“It was also a way to get my partner to come along and he also brought his dog,” she said.

Sitting to the left of the stage, Miss Bonet was busy warming up her vocals for her performance of Joy to The World with Wodonga Brass.

Miss Bonet was not sure how her dog would react to seeing her on stage.

“This is the first time he will hear me singing on stage,” she said.

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